1: climbing casaval ridge.... is there good snow coverage? or icy? etc?
2: backcountry skiing avy gulch...is the snow hard, icy, etc from avy gulch back to the bunny flats parking lot.
thinking about drivng up there possibly next week for some of both...
anyone have (relatively) current snow conditions for skiing the gullies behind mt morrison and mt whitneys upper boyscout lake? how about MR gully itself? thats too steep for me but patty might want to ski it...???
these are two alternatives to skiing+climbing shasta that we are thinking about next week... THANKSSSS. happy holidays...!
telewoman.... i read your post in the other forum entry from a few days ago. thanks for that info.
I skiied the MR Route quite a few years ago. The face above Boy Scout isn't terribly steep but the gully itself is and ends in a cliff. We skiied the gully on belay right from the top of Whitney in two ft. of powder..great fun but you wouldn't want to fall.
Jan 1 and 2: we just skiied Shasta on tons of fresh snow up the bowls and ridges below avalanche gulch. Awesome awesome snow!!! Also saw a team of 3 climbers headed up casaval ridge methinks... Snow requires snowshoes or skis. Casaval ridge has plenty of snow for climbing. Also saw two climbers hanging out around The Heart in avalanche gulch.
Dec 30 and 31: we checked out Sierra backcountry ski conditions at mt morrison and convict lake. We climbed to little Morrison bench and snow coverage is sparse for skiing but doable for climbing with snowshoes. Lots of bush and shrub exposure. Bummer. We skiied in mt wood backcountry near June lake. Pittiful snow coverage with plenty of shrub exposure still despite a low snowline.