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Mazourka Canyon Fossils (Independence Area)

Folks visiting the Independence area might want to check out a superior fossil locality at nearby Mazourka Canyon along the western flanks of the Inyo Mountains (east side of Owens Valley). It preserves a great selection of roughly 485 to 415 million year-old invertebrate animal specimens. I've put up a personal, completely non-commercial page abut the site over at Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California . Includes detailed text of a cyber-field ...
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Are Lassen and Brokeoff still ski-able right now?

Hi folks,

Was thinking about climbing Lassen and/or Brokeoff in early-mid May, and am wondering if it'd be worth it to haul the snowboard up. Anyone have insight to this?

I'm a California newbie (and not a particularly experienced mountaineer) so please lay some wisdom on me.
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Hikes with most gain near Davis, CA? Hikes with most gain near Davis, CA?

Davis, CA is itself very flat, but what are the hikes with the most elevation gain located within 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1 hour drive of Davis? Looking for hikes that could be easily accessed after work on a weekday.
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Whitney's Mountaineering Route: Technical Challenges?


I'm trying to understand the challenges to doing the MR right now:

1. Does the scramble require me to place rock anchors? A few things I have done with my partner are - Lassen, Pyramid, Round Top (made it to the top of Knife's edge but didn't want to continue without snow anchors) and scrambling up Conness in the summer (class 3 route). Should I be more prepared for the scramble?
2. Are there ...
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Kearsarge pass trail conditions for next week


Has anybody been there recently? I am thinking to go that area next week, maybe to charlotte lake. Is it still covered by snow? Can I drive to trail head? Is it closed? Do I need microspike?

Any information are appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
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White Mountain Peak Access

I am hoping to climb white mountain peak around the 4th may as an acclimatization hike for Whitney. We are coming from over seas and I am struggling to get information on what the typical conditions of white mountain peak are early may. We will be hiring a car and I'm wondering if I will be able to get to the locked gate at the trail head in a Toyota Rav 4 or something ...
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Anyone know the snow conditions on Matterhorn?

How far/how high do I need to carry my skis? Any report on the ski dreams? Thanks!
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Mountaineers Route partner for May 5th

Looking for a new climbing partner for Mt Whitney on May 5th /6th. Already have permits. christopher.f.schwartz@gmail.com
I need someone in shape, with all gear, and has climbing experience.
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Eastern Sierra options week of 4/4

Anyone have any ideas on peak options along the eastern sierra between Lone Pine and Bishop next week? Seems like road/trailhead access is pretty bad right now. I was originally thinking of doing Thor Pk sometime midweek next week but now with the Portal Road hard closure that seems like a headache and not worth the extra mileage/elevation gain for it. Are all of the roads along east side pretty much a no go right ...
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Center Basin Crags

I'm curious if anyone has any insight into the numbering of the Center Basin Crags, specifically No. 5. Secor describes the route to Center Basin Crag No. 5 as follows: "This is a class 2 scramble from the north." He also mentions that "he notch between Crag No. 3 and Crag No. 4 is reached by traversing to it from the large scree gully that leads from Center Basin to the saddle north of Crag ...
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