Heavy snow has been falling all night. We have almost 2 feet as of this morning here at 5,200'. The snow just keeps falling at maybe an inch per hour. Roads are blocked, total winter shutdown right now. Very promising.
i played around on tahquitz a few times this week. it looked promising, but mostly a bunch of snow covering the rock. last weekend we got a bunch of snow, and the temps stayed very cold. not much melting and freezing over the last week. although i found plenty of fun, it really would not be worth a drive... yet. the trough had the best ice i have ever seen on the first pitch with many variations to be had. but the bulk of the climb is snow... and a bunch of it...
after today's epic ends, tahquitz is gonna need some time to ice up. but i would say the game is gonna be on...
A friend and I climbed the first two pitches of The Trough today. We got stuck behind another party, so we had to bail from the ledge with the pine tree because we had to be back in LA by 2 pm. It was very warm, so what ice there was was running with a lot of water and was detached. It was still fun, and the move out of the trough onto the ledge was interesting, as it always is in crampons. The approach was heinous with knee to hip-deep postholing the whole way; thankfully my partner took more than his share of trail-breaking. We checked out NE Face W and it looked very thin but doable for the first half pitch, but above that it was just unconsolidated snow (it didn't look like neve, but it's hard to tell from below). The headwall had no ice at all.
the best partner and i were up there too. we were gonna do the trough again, but with TWO parties on it we decided to head to the other side. conditions were not great, but typical. we had a ton of fun. going through the chimney system is fun... but the ice was just like on the trough, lots of water and falling off.
Three parties heading up to do the Trough on the same day?! That's just wild. Seems like it used to just get done a few times over the season.
I think threads like this are a mixed blessing. They are really great for sharing information about conditions, etc., that, BITD, you just didn't have access to unless you knew someone who was in the know. I would have loved to have this info back when I was young and hungry and had the time to act on it (compared to now, where I'm older, still hungry but have zero time--boo hoo). At the same time, they permit of a convergence like what x15x15 mentioned. Nothing in this world is perfect I guess.
Here's to wishing everyone gets a decent shot this winter.