Shepherd Pass snow conditions

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Shepherd Pass snow conditions

by Bill562 » Sun May 02, 2010 7:25 pm

Has anyone been up lately? Where does consistent coverage begin? Any info is greatly appreciated.

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by tkoooooooooo » Mon May 03, 2010 5:36 am

I'm also interested.

I'm planning on heading up to Tyndall on Memorial Day weekend.

Will crampons be necessary? Can snow be avoided?

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by 96avs01 » Tue May 04, 2010 10:35 pm

somewhat dated info here

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by Palisades79 » Wed May 12, 2010 3:11 pm

Take a look at the the Sierra High Route -West to East post on 5-11 by UCL in the Backcountry Ski/Board Trip Reports at www.thebackcountry.net .

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by ScottyP » Wed May 12, 2010 4:49 pm

Wow! That is one sweet trip they had! Scott

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by MoapaPk » Fri May 14, 2010 7:36 am

So what is the consensus for snowpack near Shepherd Pass this year, say vs. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008?

Two sets of friends, who were planning to go up the class 3 chute on Williamson this July, now tell me they contemplate canceling because of an expected heavy snowpack. I'm inclined to think it is a little early to predict what will be around in 8 weeks.

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Just got back from there

by artirm » Tue May 18, 2010 6:51 am

There is no snow coverage to worry about. You struggle with some snow on the trail already on your way to Symmes, but it will probably be gone in two weeks. Then it clears up until above Anvil Camp. There it is pretty much all snow, but it is well consolidated and my snowshoes just took a free ride on my back all the way up to Shepherd pass. The pass itself is covered, but, again, it is well consolidated and if you go not very early, you will hardly need any gear. On the Tyndall slopes though crampons came in very handy.
Bottom line: snowshoes stayed on the pack, gaiters stayed in the pack, crampons were used above 13000.

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by ings » Thu May 27, 2010 6:52 am

what about snow in the chimney? anything to worry about? thanks!

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by Sean Kenney » Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:14 pm

I tried to get up there this weekend. I only got as far as lower Anvil Camp. But there is no snow until Anvil where there was quite a bit under the trees. Not wanting to try to get up the pass and then back to the trailhead in the same day, I turned back at Anvil.

It was warm and I got lazy over the winter. Ack! More running, less video games.

Cool thing was I had the whole area to my self. Both Saturday and Sunday. 8) I only saw 3 day hikers in the parking lot who'd decided the trail was too tretcherous after the first few hundred yards.

Wish I could report more.

Glad I couldn't stay another night though. Woke up Monday with an abcess under my bridgework. @*%$ PAIN!


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