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Split Mountain conditions?

Postby tkoooooooooo » Tue May 25, 2010 9:03 pm

Anyone got info for Split Mountain?

road to trailhead clear of snow?

How far up is the trail clear of snow?

Is the miserable talus all covered up with a nice firm smooth layer of snow?

Anyone else heading up that way memorial day weekend?


Or are there any other decent 13-14ers between lone pine and big pine that might be worth doing with the current snow conditions this weekend? Looking for moderate class 2, or low class 3. Comfortable on snow. We are going Saturday through Monday.

Thoughts anyone?

Thanks,
Thatcher
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Postby DaveGill » Tue May 25, 2010 11:35 pm

Hi, just got back from an attempt on Split. The road to the trailhead is in good shape--be careful of cows. No significant snow until ~10K'. My friend wore trail runners until the big tree. It snowed off and on all weekend at Red Lake and above, with high winds at times. We made it to 12,700' but turned back due to potential whiteout conditions and time constraints. It was clearing nicely on Monday morning when we hiked out. I'll try and post a link to my photos in the next day or two.
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Postby tkoooooooooo » Wed May 26, 2010 12:32 am

Great Thanks! What route were you going for?

You're welcome to join us this weekend if you want another go!
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Postby thexcat » Wed May 26, 2010 12:54 am

Might be headed up that way this weekend with a friend, check your inbox, just sent you a PM.
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Postby seanh » Wed May 26, 2010 1:02 am

just a reminder to check the weather...I believe there's currently a winter storm warning in effect, although I think it ends Friday. Could be fresh snow though.
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Postby tkoooooooooo » Wed May 26, 2010 1:19 am

how about avalanche danger? I hadn't considered it. I'm not typically an early season climber. Is the current snow up there consolidated?

The storm is supposed to be gone by then. Hopefully it will be.
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Postby DaveGill » Wed May 26, 2010 5:18 am

Thatcher~We were doing the North Ridge/Northwest Slope. I'm no avy expert but the final chute above the bowl felt a little sketchy. The newer snow wasn't bonded well to the consolidated base and we started several small slabs to slide. Thanks for the invite, but it looks like it will be July before I get back to Split. Be careful out there!
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