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Postby tradmonkey » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:38 pm

We ran up on 6-27-09...

Got a late start, but the friendly folks ahead of us on the 4th pitch let us pass on through as they took a break and we got back to Bishop in time for a Whiskey Creek Works Burger.

The snow is still there all the way from Gem Lakes, but it's getting thin and you'll posthole into the talus as it softens up. A few small patches of snow on the route itself, but nothing you can't easily avoid. An ice axe is a good idea for the descent if you're coming down late in the day. Mosquitoes are still minimal, but hatching fast! Bring your bug juice.

Here are the pix!
http://picasaweb.google.com/tradmonkey/ ... pireJune09

Enjoy.
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Postby Dan Shorb » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:46 pm

What a beautiful trip Kathy, thanks for sharing the great photos.
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Postby rhyang » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:54 pm

tradmonkey wrote:We ran up on 6-27-09...

Got a late start, but the friendly folks ahead of us on the 4th pitch let us pass on through as they took a break and we got back to Bishop in time for a Whiskey Creek Works Burger.

The snow is still there all the way from Gem Lakes, but it's getting thin and you'll posthole into the talus as it softens up. A few small patches of snow on the route itself, but nothing you can't easily avoid. An ice axe is a good idea for the descent if you're coming down late in the day. Mosquitoes are still minimal, but hatching fast! Bring your bug juice.

Here are the pix!
http://picasaweb.google.com/tradmonkey/ ... pireJune09

Enjoy.
Adam


Looks great ! From what I've read, the 5.8 pitch (offwidth / stemming big flakes) isn't as harsh as it first appears. What did you all think ?
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Postby tradmonkey » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:55 pm

rhyang wrote:
tradmonkey wrote:We ran up on 6-27-09...

Got a late start, but the friendly folks ahead of us on the 4th pitch let us pass on through as they took a break and we got back to Bishop in time for a Whiskey Creek Works Burger.

The snow is still there all the way from Gem Lakes, but it's getting thin and you'll posthole into the talus as it softens up. A few small patches of snow on the route itself, but nothing you can't easily avoid. An ice axe is a good idea for the descent if you're coming down late in the day. Mosquitoes are still minimal, but hatching fast! Bring your bug juice.

Here are the pix!
http://picasaweb.google.com/tradmonkey/ ... pireJune09

Enjoy.
Adam


Looks great ! From what I've read, the 5.8 pitch (offwidth / stemming big flakes) isn't as harsh as it first appears. What did you all think ?


This one was actually my first multi-pitch route ever about 5 years ago. We ended up soloing the upper half of the route on that trip. The route is very easy and not very sustained considering how impressive the Arete looks from below. The "5.8" pitch has one awkward move around a flake that's well protected and more liebacking/stemming than anything. There's no OW climbing involved anywhere on the route.
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Postby rhyang » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:29 pm

It's that time of year again :) How is the approach to BCS looking, specifically the North Arete ?
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Postby fluxlib » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:44 pm

Here's a pic of my kids fishing Long lake about 2 weeks ago. Pretty sure that's Bear Creek Spire in the upper left. We did not go higher up, but I would bet the upper reaches of the basin are all snow for the most part and the gems and treasures were frozen. Hope this helps, been 2 weeks of warm weather since.

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Nice pics....

Postby Vertigo soul » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:15 am

Great photos Kathy! I don't know you, but your photos made my day. Brought back some great memories and some were just down right beautiful! Thanks for posting!
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Postby Vertigo soul » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:58 pm

Kathy - how long did it take you guys car-to-car?
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Postby kevin trieu » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:16 pm

I did Mt. Dade this past weekend. Still good amount of snow up there. Probably don't need crampons as the snow is soft, even in the morning hours.
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Postby goldenhopper » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:41 pm

Deleted User wrote:I was up in that area (Rock Creek) last weekend. Not sure if this is BCS or Dade?

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Re: Nice pics....

Postby KathyW » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:14 am

Vertigo soul wrote:Great photos Kathy! I don't know you, but your photos made my day. Brought back some great memories and some were just down right beautiful! Thanks for posting!


If you're talking about my June 09 Dade climb, it was about 11 hours round trip for me. Keep in mind that I'm on the slow side. I had pretty good snow conditions - hard enough to crampon up in the morning and just soft enough by the time I came down.

The Hourglass Couloir is a wonderful snow climb, but it would be hell without snow; so go while there's still snow or wait until next year.
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Re: Nice pics....

Postby Vertigo soul » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:55 pm

KathyW wrote:
Vertigo soul wrote:Great photos Kathy! I don't know you, but your photos made my day. Brought back some great memories and some were just down right beautiful! Thanks for posting!


If you're talking about my June 09 Dade climb, it was about 11 hours round trip for me. Keep in mind that I'm on the slow side. I had pretty good snow conditions - hard enough to crampon up in the morning and just soft enough by the time I came down.

The Hourglass Couloir is a wonderful snow climb, but it would be hell without snow; so go while there's still snow or wait until next year.


Sorry for the confusion, but Yes I was asking about your Dade climb. Thanks for the info and pics....I think i'll give this one a go tomorrow and see how long it takes me.
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Postby hol571 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:11 pm

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This weekend from Dade Lake, snow is getting pretty soft in the afternoon
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Postby Blair » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:48 pm

Does anyone have a topo of the North Arete?
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Postby rhyang » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:21 pm

hol571 wrote:Image

This weekend from Dade Lake, snow is getting pretty soft in the afternoon


Very nice, thanks :)
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