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Apr 13, 2014
me at the top of higher spire!
sooooo...


I am thinking of doing mount emerson...

has anyone ever done this route during this time of year? I am thinking of going to do something this next weekend (April 18-20) and am wandering if there is just too much snow or what? with the winter we had is the only reason why I am actually contemplating high sierra stuff when the Tioga road is not even open :)


anything would help, even info and snow reports from all you east siders!!!!!!!
Mickey Sensenbach
From San luis obispo CA
Joined Dec 27, 2012
150 points
Apr 14, 2014
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
There's a recent posting from Deb on Table Mt (near S Lake). Assuming you mean the SE Face, the chimney will likely be wet, but you can climb the face to the right to avoid it. Based on Deb's report I would expect to posthole in the upper gully and on the descent.

I see Todd commented on the route page. If the gate is locked you could bring a bike for the N Lake road.
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Apr 15, 2014
Flatirons
I'm also hoping to be able to cheat the weather a bit and get out on some sierra climbs earlier than usual.

Anyone know about conditions on Mt. Humphrey's? Or have any other suggestions of sierra routes that are likely to be relatively snow/ice free?
Ryan Watts
From Bishop, CA
Joined Apr 15, 2013
49 points
Apr 25, 2014
4/20/14 V-notch, U-notch, Clyde, Underhill, etc:



TBolt


Starlight, Sill, etc:
Ryan Marsters
Joined Jan 21, 2011
120 points
Apr 26, 2014
route photo
High sierras just got pelted with more snow. Chains required on tioga pass Brent Butcher
Joined Nov 18, 2010
314 points
Apr 26, 2014
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
Nice pics, Ryan. Thanks for posting. fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Apr 26, 2014
Thunderbolt Peak summit pinnacle
Palisades in the spring is amazing place. Great pics. Aaron Slaven
From Fresno, CA
Joined Dec 11, 2010
304 points
May 20, 2014
me at the top of higher spire!
I am thinken mount conness this weekend. the memorial day one!

any more info on the snow report?!
Mickey Sensenbach
From San luis obispo CA
Joined Dec 27, 2012
150 points
May 20, 2014
Was up on Conness Sunday... We wanted to do the West Ridge but turned around where the East Ridge meets the summit plateau because the entire east side was corniced and we didn't have piolets or tools. Super beautiful, super snowy. Get out there! Rudy Gustafson
Joined Feb 26, 2013
5 points
May 21, 2014
We camped at the base of the Palisade Glacier last weekend and climbed the Swiss arÍte on Mt Sill. Conditions were absolutely perfect with the slight exception of some punchy post holing through shallow snow in the vicinity of Sam Mack Meadow. The route was clean and dry with a small patch of powdery snow or two encountered at the top of the route on blocky ledges. There's likely a bit more after the little storm these past few days. Jeremy Foster
From Oakland, California
Joined Nov 10, 2011
0 points
May 25, 2014
Thunderbolt Peak summit pinnacle
Fresh powder for the palisades
Fresh powder for the palisades


We stayed at Gayley camp on Thursday (22nd) and got dumped on. About a foot of powder above 13,000'
Aaron Slaven
From Fresno, CA
Joined Dec 11, 2010
304 points
Jun 2, 2014
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
N Lake update as of 1 June
view SW from Emerson
view SW from Emerson


The SE chute on Emerson is a little wet, but climbable. Not much snow in the upper gullies or on the descent.
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Jun 3, 2014
Hello
Thanks for the update fossana! SirTobyThe3rd
Joined Mar 12, 2012
1,063 points
Jun 3, 2014
Switzerland
Did V-notch last weekend and it looked very similar to Ryan's pic from 4/20. Ran into snow just under 11K, but it stayed pretty firm with minimal post-holing until about noon. Only about a pitch and a half of blue ice on the climb.

Spent this weekend in Tuolumne and did Matthes Crest on Sunday rappelling from the notch. We took the Cathedral Lakes trail out to it and returned via Echo Peak/Budd Lake. I'd recommend taking the Cathedral Lakes trail both ways for a few weeks. There was a lot of snow on exposed slopes down to Budd Lake (wished I'd had an ice axe).
climbing coastie
From Sacramento
Joined Feb 2, 2011
100 points
Jun 9, 2014
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
Palisades update as of today:

Temple Crag (8 Jun 2014)
Temple Crag (8 Jun 2014)


Venusian, Moon Goddess and Sun Ribbon (8 Jun 2014)
Venusian, Moon Goddess and Sun Ribbon (8 Jun 2014)


view SE (toward Middle Pal) from Temple as of 8 Ju...
view SE (toward Middle Pal) from Temple as of 8 Jun 2014


Sill to Agassiz (8 Jun 2014)
Sill to Agassiz (8 Jun 2014)
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Jun 23, 2014
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
adding Tbolt to Winchell from 22 June

Thunderbolt to Winchell
Thunderbolt to Winchell
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Jun 20, 2015
I'm planning an attempt on sill, July 10-12. Has anyone been in the area? With the drought I am afraid there will be no snow and it will be a tedious slog. I am shooting for the north couloir route. Is this feasible? Parker Dial
Joined Sep 20, 2014
0 points
Jun 21, 2015
Definitely very little snow up here right now, so I would say don't expect much snow to be left by the time you get up here, the weather has been quite warm so the little that remains now may not be here much longer Alex.
Joined Jun 21, 2015
0 points
Jun 22, 2015
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
I only caught the top of Sill, but here is the northern aspect of the more southerly Palisades from today to give you an idea of current snow coverage, which I don't expect to last.
southernish Palisades from 21 June 2015
southernish Palisades from 21 June 2015
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Jun 22, 2015
The summit view SE from Mt. Agassiz on June 20th at 6:30pm toward Thunderbolt, N. Pal., Mt. Sill, etc.
The summit view SE from Mt. Agassiz on June 20th a...
The summit view SE from Mt. Agassiz on June 20th at 6:30pm toward Thunderbolt, N. Pal., Mt. Sill, etc.
bargainhunter
Joined Sep 30, 2012
5 points
Jul 6, 2015
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
Crappy Sierra forecast yesterday, so did a big loop out of Sabrina/N Lake. Adding some pics of Evolution.

13322 and Darwin from Haeckel (5 July 2015)
13322 and Darwin from Haeckel (5 July 2015)

Fiske & Huxley (5 Jul 2015)
Fiske & Huxley (5 Jul 2015)

Darwin, Mendel & 13,360 (Gould) from Lamarck Col (...
Darwin, Mendel & 13,360 (Gould) from Lamarck Col (5 Jul 2015)
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,438 points
Jul 9, 2015
Any updates on U-Notch or other Palisades conditions from last weekend?

-Brian
Brian Banta
From Pacifica, CA
Joined May 3, 2012
10 points
Jul 9, 2015
Yukon Cornelius
Tioga Pass is getting more snow now. powhound84
From New Lenox, IL
Joined Feb 17, 2015
47 points
Jul 9, 2015
From Mountain Magazine (Bruce Carson's first clean...
Stay away from Palisade Couloirs. U/V Notches are done, and the North Peak Couloirs do not look much better. L-Shaped snowfield on Sill is just barely holding on, things are going to get loose and dicey for approaches and descents in the next couple weeks once we bounce back from these lower temps. Ryan Huetter
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
Joined Apr 10, 2006
213 points
Jul 9, 2015
Anyone have any updates for the Sawtooth Ridge area?

Thanks
Jasna
Joined Apr 7, 2012
2 points
Jul 12, 2015
Tbolt summit block (photo by Damien)
Today there was ~3-6" of snow at the upper elevations of Abbot (summit 13.7K ft), which is in the vicinity of Bear Creek Spire. Hopefully this will disappear with next week's warming trend.
summit of Mt Abbot looking toward Mills
summit of Mt Abbot looking toward Mills
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
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