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Sierra peaks in December

Postby Sam Page » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:24 am

Which Sierra peaks are well-traveled in December?
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Postby mtndonkey » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:49 am

I am wondering the same thing. I have 2 weeks off from work over Christmas time and want to get out and tag some peaks. I figured worst case I could head to the valley and do some snowshoeing in the area or spend some time at J-tree.
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Postby Clark_Griswold » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:48 am

My self and two other guys tried the MR on Whitney last December 28 and 29. The snow was soft and deep in the NF and it took 6 hours to climb that with the conditions. It was apparently the first snow of the season that was more than a dusting. A few days later it had firmed and was easy to trek over. Unless you want to gamble with early season conditions and what might be near daily changes, the lower peaks might be a good idea.
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Postby MarieP » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:05 pm

A lot will depend on how much snow there is by December. You can alway use snowshoes or skis if there is enough snow or struggle on slippery rock with 1" of snow. Whatever you do, the approach will be longer. Some peaks to consider (good ski descends) are Berch Mt, Mt. Goode, Agassiz, Whitney, Langley (Northeast Couloir), Mt. Gould, Dunderberg, Black Mt (Virginia Lakes area), the list goes on... Can't forget about the avy danger. Sometimes a good alternative is Inyo Mountains which do not get a lot of snow - lots of elevation gain and beautiful views of the Sierras from across the valley.
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Postby Misha » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:23 pm

NE Ridge of Williamson can get pretty crowded in the winter :wink:
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Postby Luciano136 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:41 am

On the west side, Silliman and Alta Peak have year round access. Other than that, a lot will depend on how much snow there is and how far down the roads are closed.
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Postby Sam Page » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:40 pm

Since winter is just around the corner, I thought we could revisit this topic.
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domelands access

Postby sharperblue » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:06 am

Gary Schenk wrote:Southern Sierra, Domelands


i thought that many of the Domelands roads are closed in winter as well - what is/are the main access points to the best stuff in winter? (preferably from the West..-?)
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Postby fatdad » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:21 am

Sam Page wrote:Since winter is just around the corner, I thought we could revisit this topic.


Definitely. I'd like to add a wrinkle too: for those of us with bad knees and have to stay off the skis, but are we looking at?
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Postby SpiderSavage » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:33 pm

Anyone ever ski out of Kennedy Meadows?

I'm hoping to do that as soon as we get a nice wet&cold winter.
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