Eastern Sierra Ice conditions

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Eastern Sierra Ice conditions

by rowantrollope » Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:56 pm

A couple of us went and climbed Parker Canyon ice last weekend. The approach was pretty bad. Main trail hidden under ankle breaking 4 inches of snow over loose scree.

Other than the crappy approach, the Ice was in awesome condition. Very fat. The right part of the falls had lots of running water during the later part of the day, despite sub freezing temps.

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by WML » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:07 am

Any photos?

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by A-Lex » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:23 pm

Where is Parker Canyon? Can I find this ice without someone who's already been there? If I can hike in and play in daytrip style, I may go this weekend (assuming its semi close to the Bishop area). Is this in the East Side Ice Book? Any info is appreciated.

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by Franky » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:52 pm

its a small canyon just north of the june lakes loop.

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by rhyang » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:56 pm

Never been there, but it's on p. 23 of the Eastern Sierra Ice guide, apparently around 10000' .. please post pics if you go :)

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by A-Lex » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:44 pm

small canyon just north o june lakes huh? perfect thats pretty close....about to hit wilson's and check out the book....

thanks for info guys!!

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by SKI » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:42 am

BUMP

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by The Chief » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:56 am

It's a long ass skin/snow shoe up there when the Loop Road is closed and there's 5-8' of snow on the ground. Six miles to be exact. It's not worth the six mile hump, trust me.

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by WML » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:45 pm

Saw some pictures from this weekend showing the Whitney falls in VERY fat condition, looks like a good time. Approach looks pretty clear as well...

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by kevin trieu » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:46 am

Was up both Whitney Icefall and Parker Canyon the past few days. Better bring a poncho.

I made the drive for Parker Canyon today and the approach was about 2.5 hours from the end of the 4WD road. The 4WD driving directions in the Eastern Sierra Guide is accurate. 4WD is not necessary, just high clearance.

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by forjan » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:11 pm

kevin trieu and I climbed the ice at Parker Canyon. Here are my pictures from our day trip on Nov 24, 2009. On the main flow, the right side had running water. To descend from the top of the falls: go south and then east and come down on the obvious couloir back to the base. Ice is fat.
--Miguel

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by A-Lex » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:01 pm

Definitely looks better than clipping bolts in the alabama hills....

Good work guys! Thanks for the pics!

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by fatdad » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:39 pm

Thanks for sharing guys.

BTW, I thought I was the only one still lugging around a pair of those old Stubai ice tools.

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by kevin trieu » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:42 pm

fatdad wrote:Thanks for sharing guys.

BTW, I thought I was the only one still lugging around a pair of those old Stubai ice tools.


we all give Miguel shit and refer to his Stubai tools as butter knives. you might as well climb with a pair of butter knives because they might be as effective compared to those straight shaft ancients. more kudos to him and all the old-schoolers for being able to climb effectively with those things.


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