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By wilcox510
Apr 4, 2013

Looking options for a trip around May 17th, probably sport climbing with a day of easier trad to sort of rest in the middle. How would conditions be at both the Owens River Gorge and Cardinal Pinnacle about then? I would guess that might be a bit early for Cardinal? How far apart are the 2? Any input appreciated!


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By wilcox510
May 5, 2013

anyone?


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
May 5, 2013
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

They're about ~25 miles apart. Try Wilson's E Side Sports for Cardinal conditions.


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By JCM
From Henderson, NV
May 5, 2013

Edit: Better replies below.


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By Chad F
From Costa Mesa, CA
May 5, 2013
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Cardinal is good to go right now, been a pretty low snow year


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By Zirkel
From Bishop, CA
May 5, 2013
Owens Gorge.  Mt Tom in background.

Did Cardinal Pinnacle last weekend with PERFECT conditions (90's in Bishop). Base of crag at noon. No snow at base. Cold first pitch in the shade. Subsequent pitches warm and sunny with a light breeze.

Climbed in Upper ORG yesterday 7 AM - noon with scattered cloud cover. Unless it's cool and overcast, or you want to be at the parking lot at first light, it's too hot IMHO to climb in the Gorge in mid-May. Too many other nicer options exists, such as Pine Creek, Clark Canyon, Dike Wall and soon-to-be-accessible Tuolumne Meadows.

Cardinal Pinnacle approach viewed from P2 belay ledge.
Cardinal Pinnacle approach viewed from P2 belay ledge.


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