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Middle Pallisade


I just went to Middle Palisade last week. I failed to summit. I was looking for some advice.

We hiked up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek. After passing the turnoff to Willow Lake, we passed the small pond: then used our GPS to orient us in the direction of Finger lake. This was the climb over the big, nasty rock pile. We walked along the left shore of Finger Lake, then up ...
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Olancha from Sage Flat?

Just wondering if anyone has done this recently? What kind of shape is the trail in? Easy to follow? Temps look pretty mild for Saturday, so I'm considering it as an option. Got turned around years ago because of thunderstorms and still have to go back to tag the peak.
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North Peak Couloir

Does anyone know the conditions of the North peak couloirs? Any ice? melted out?
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A low 5 peak with a class 3/4 descent in Sierras?

I recently climbed Mount Emerson waterfall route (5.4) and descended a class 3 route towards Loch Leven. So I did not need a rope.

I wonder are there any more peaks like that. Preferably such that can be done in a day hike from car camping, like aforementioned Emerson.
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Fun Class 2/3 with some snow

Hoping to do a quick solo weekend climb in the Sierras (south of Bishop if I can help it) that's technical enough to be fun but "straight forward enough" as I'll be flying solo. Most importantly I'd love to get on some snow. Anything fit this bill this late in the season that you'd recommend?

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New Mammoth Lake Geological Map & Report

For all you geology buffs... The full report can be found in the last link at the bottom of the page.

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Anyone back from Dusy or Palisade basin want to report on smoke? The bishop webcam looks pretty gnarly in the mornings. Anyone know if it's better down near Whitney?
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Found ice axe on Shasta

I found an unusual ice axe next to the Clear Creek trail on Shasta today, 8/3/16. If it's yours, PM or email me a description. I will be around the Sierra (mostly east-side) for a month or so.
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Gear left at Devils Crag #1

Anyone know the story behind a bag of gear left at the beginning of NW ridge on Devils Crag #1? My partner and I found the bag on 7/22/16. The gear was left in a blue Sea to Summit dry bag away from the sun and seemed to be in good condition. We did not take an inventory of the gear in the bag, but we saw some slings, one harness, and two ropes ...
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