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Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sought

Postby Hamidagh » Wed May 09, 2012 6:14 am

Hi there,

My buddy and I are considering doing a high sierra climb next week...Wondering if anyone has first hand knowledge of conditions for the following routes?

North Buttress of Mt.Goode
NE ridge of Bear Creek Spire
East Ridge of Russel
East Arete of Mt.Humphreys
East face of Middle Pal
The twilight pillar on Norman Clyde peak

We would like to avoid serious snow and ice conditions, hopefully avoiding the need for ice axe and crampons altogether...

thanks.
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Re: Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sou

Postby otis24 » Wed May 09, 2012 2:33 pm

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Re: Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sou

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed May 09, 2012 4:26 pm

I would second stuff on the South sides (How about Charlotte Dome! Probably best 5.8 I have climbed). It is still early in season, and may be kind of cold, especially on North Buttress of Mt.Goode...good luck.
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Re: Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sou

Postby dshoshone » Wed May 09, 2012 6:28 pm

Mt Goode - snow in parking lot
Middle Pal - A lot of snow on the East face last weekend
Bear Creek Spire - A few patches of snow the first two miles, then snow beyond, the NE Ridge Route mostly snow a couple of days ago
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Re: Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sou

Postby Hyadventure » Wed May 09, 2012 11:07 pm

I climbed Thor last weekend; no need for crampons at all there. I just looked at on of my picks of Mt. Russell, there was very little snow on the mountain.
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Re: Doing a High Sierra climb May 14th...conditions beta sou

Postby Gafoto » Thu May 10, 2012 2:18 am

I saw Bear Creek from the Casa Diablo area today. Lots of snow on the north faces. I'm sure it's melting quickly, but crampons would be needed.
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