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Spring Mountaineering Thread 2010

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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Mon May 03, 2010 6:07 pm

We'll miss you, Alec. Have fun on the river.
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Postby TyeDyeTwins » Tue May 04, 2010 5:27 pm

Like Alec, we will not be attending the Triple Traverse with all of you this year. We are going down to the Tushar Mountain Range for some backcountry skiing a week early because of next weeks stormy forecast. We are still in for the May 28 Cold Fusion Trip though.

The avalanche conditons should not be a big concern on Saturday, considering the couple days of warm temps during the day and cool temps at night. I think the most you'll see up there is some big ass cornices + the usual glide cracks in Broads Fork. Enjoy the climb and we will be sure to cut some turns out there in the Tushars for all of you.
Here is a picture of part of the Triple Traverse from 2 weeks ago.
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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Tue May 04, 2010 5:46 pm

Yes, gotta watch those cornices. I'm reminded of that huge chunk that broke off West Twin a couple years ago, a few feet from some hikers.
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Postby JLarsen » Tue May 04, 2010 6:15 pm

Jepson's Folly looks like it'll be a blast to negotiate.
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Postby Mooner » Thu May 06, 2010 8:00 am

so are we still planning on doing the triple traverse this saterday?
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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Thu May 06, 2010 3:15 pm

It's on. How many are planning to show up for the Triple Traverse on Saturday? If it's just a few of us, we should plan to meet at Broad's Fork TH to arrange shuttles.
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Postby ronaldalred » Fri May 07, 2010 1:59 pm

I'd suggest a very early start to eliminate potential of getting caught by a cement mixer in Tanners gulch.
Temperatures are currently forecast to be 10° warmer than today, on Saturday.
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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Fri May 07, 2010 6:07 pm

Is anyone planning to go on the Triple Traverse tomorrow? I am planning to go, but if there are no others, I will probably go earlier than 5 AM and come back down Tanners. If I can get at least one other to go, then we can partner up and put a car on the other side in Broad's Fork.
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Postby Travis Atwood » Fri May 07, 2010 7:14 pm

Matt - I was going to try and come down from Logan, but It doesn't look like I'll make it this time. Have fun and be safe if you guys still end up going.
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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Fri May 07, 2010 8:21 pm

OK, maybe next year, Travis.

OK, hear is my FINAL PLAN for tomorrow's Triple Traverse:

I am going to be starting a little--not much--later. I will be at the base of Tanners at around 6AM to start. For those who prefer to start earlier, go for it and I'll see you up there.

For anyone that is going at 6AM, I'll leave my car at S-Curve (Mill B South TH) in Big Cottonwood Canyon for a shuttle back to LCC. I can carry 2, maybe 3 others.
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Postby TyeDyeTwins » Sat May 08, 2010 10:23 pm

Just got back today from backcountry skiing the Tushar Range. My usual group of partners heard that I was back and they want to ski Tanners Slide Path and possibly summit Sunrise Peak tomorrow (Sunday). My question for you guys is did anyone get up there today? What are the conditions up there (corniced, thin, icy)? How was the boot pack up Tanners (icy, crampon worthy, terrible, full of avalanche debries)? Any info would help out.....hope you guys had a good one out there.
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Postby ZeeJay » Sun May 09, 2010 12:23 am

Five of us made it up Tanners today and did the Triple Traverse. The conditions on the lower 4/5 were very firm (but not particularly icy) and supported us without snowshoes. Softer on the last 1/5. Yes we used crampons. Yes there was some avalanche debris but there were lots of smooth sections too. You will probably only find a noticeable boot track on the last 1/5. There was a thick snowpack all of the way to Sunrise and it wasn't icy. There is a very nice boot track (thanks to Joseph Bullough and Moogie737 who did it on Friday) all of the way along the ridge.

There is also a WMC group doing it tomorrow as well. We had a great time. Hope you do too.
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Postby TyeDyeTwins » Mon May 17, 2010 4:10 am

The overnight temps are forecasted to be quite low for this time of year next weekend (Sunday/Monday) which = LOW avalanche danger. Just wondering if there is any interest on climbing something big.......Box Elder, Cold Fusion, Tanners ect.....
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Postby Matthew Van Horn » Tue May 18, 2010 4:23 pm

Thinking of North Timp (Cold Fusion) for Thursday.
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Postby spengy » Wed May 19, 2010 4:02 pm

Snowshoed up to Lake Blanche (A May tradition of mine) on the 8th. I was sure to take the traditional/obligatory Sundial photo, seen below.

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