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Regional discussion and conditions reports for the Golden State. Please post partners requests and trip plans in the California Climbing Partners forum.

East Side Air Quality?

Hey, What's up with air (Sun 7-2)? Is there a fire already? The Whitney and Williamson webcams look atrocious.
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SR203 to Minaret Summit?

Does anybody know whether you can drive to Minaret Summit yet? Cal Trans says the road is closed for the winter. The Devil’s Postpile recording (760-934-2289) says it is plowed but closed due to storm damage, apparently west of Minaret Summit. The Mammoth Ranger District (760-924-5500) has been too busy to answer their phone for three days. It seems reasonable that they would open the road to Minaret Summit, but I need to confirm that. ...
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3–4 Day Sierra Backpacking Trip Suggestions?

If you had one summer left in the Sierra, where would you backpack?

I am looking to do a 3 or 4 day backpacking trip with a friend of mine somewhere in the Sierra by the end of this month. I’m curious what some of your guys’ suggestions would be. This will be my last summer living in California since my wife and I are moving next year. As a result, I'm looking to do ...
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Rush Creek Trail Closed Until Fall


The Inyo National Forest, through a forest order, is closing segments of the Rush Creek Trail for public safety from June 30, 2017 through September 1, 2017.

The wet winter of 2016-2017, with more than 180% of average annual precipitation and close to 200% of average runoff forecast, has exacerbated safety concerns for dams within the Rush Creek Hydroelectric System (RCHS) on the Inyo National Forest. The extreme water year means water levels will ...
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Swiss Arete

Hello, I am planning to do the Swiss Arete of Mount Sill in late July, followed by a traverse to Polemonium Peak. I like to travel light. I usually carry a 30m rope, Camalot #1-#4 and a bunch of nuts and slings. For the people who have climbed this route, what do you recommend? I have read some of the trip reports and people have used 60 m ropes. But, I have climbed the L ...
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Rock Creek - water filter or not?

Just wondering what the general consensus is? I have never used a water filter outside of the Whitney area, so my gut says no. Planning to spend a few days in the Pioneer Basin; with all the running water, seems like a filter is wasted weight.
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Missing HST Member

One of our members has not posted for almost 3 months now, he was a frequent poster, with 555 posts. I was having a PM conversation with him back at the end of Mar and all communication went dead, no PM or posts from their on.
The reason I am posting here, is that "Longri", possibly Richard Long?, had participated in the 2013 Sierra Challenge, possible as "Xi". If you have any information please chime ...
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Half Dome Summit Pics 7-19-2004

Hello, I happened to stumble upon this forum in my search to solve my dilemma. On July 19th 2004 I went up the cables and made it to the top of HD. But I forgot my camera. There were many people up there (noon) taking pictures and I got to wondering if I might be in some of them. If any folks reading this were up there on that day and care to share their ...
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Freel Peak approach

Hey everyone

Looking for some advice on the best approach to Freel Peak for this weekend. Main options seem to be Highway 89/Luther Pass from the south or Oneidas St/Fountain Place Rd from the west.

I was actually thinking the west approach would be preferable as it looks like the road stays lower elevation before rising nearer to the peak. However streetview shows an ominous gate at the forest service land boundary...

The snowpack was ...
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