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Jan 28, 2014
Anyone been out lately? I'd be interested to hear how Lee Vining is doing, any of the alpine gullies, hell, really any ice anywhere. I'm just back from Ouray and am feeling desperate enough to get excited about twenty feet of frozen roadcut. Jay Bach
From Denver, CO
Joined Jan 28, 2012
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Feb 18, 2014
Bump. Looking for east side ice/snow/alpine conditions. NateGfunk
Joined Apr 9, 2013
20 points
Aug 15, 2015
anyone have any idea how the eastside alpine gullies are looking for fall climbing? Ben Philbrick
From lucerne, switzerland
Joined Jan 5, 2012
28 points
Aug 15, 2015
Ben

It's drier than my great aunt up there. I just crossed Monarch Crest, Cirque Crest, and the Palisades and saw like 3 spots of snow that would fit in a Swiss' car trunk.
Ken Klis
Joined Jan 12, 2004
207 points
Aug 16, 2015
wow, i feel bad for your uncle!

so i guess it's safe to leave the quarks here and bring the wall gear instead, eh?

is there at least water in the high mountain lakes/streams?
Ben Philbrick
From lucerne, switzerland
Joined Jan 5, 2012
28 points
Aug 17, 2015
From Mountain Magazine (Bruce Carson's first clean...
No photos, but the take away is- I wouldn't bother. Not if you aren't hellbent on destruction. North Peak is out, there is nothing out in the Evolutions, the Palisades are cooked out and most things that do have a sliver of ice going from bottom to top (Dana for right now) have been chucking rocks down regularly.

Go rock climbing!
Ryan Huetter
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
Joined Apr 10, 2006
213 points
Aug 17, 2015
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If you are truly bitten the only option is dry tooling until we get snow. gription
From Inyokern
Joined Jul 10, 2012
40 points
Aug 17, 2015
man, what a bummer about that drought.

sounds like we'll pack the big cams and advil for the steck salathe, then!
Ben Philbrick
From lucerne, switzerland
Joined Jan 5, 2012
28 points
Aug 17, 2015
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Ben Philbrick wrote:
wow, ... is there at least water in the high mountain lakes/streams?

Last Sunday in the morning the tarn feeding Finger Lake was pathetic. but still enough to fill up. Better to fill up before you camp though as it picks up quite a bit by the end of the day. So anything that has a glacier has water. It may or may not be running over dirt or rocks or whatever though depending on the area/time of day.
gription
From Inyokern
Joined Jul 10, 2012
40 points
Aug 23, 2015
From Mountain Magazine (Bruce Carson's first clean...
NOrth Peak
NOrth Peak


So just went up for a North Peak-Conness trip, and the couloir is a no go. Several fridge to car sized boulders came down the right couloir while we passed, with many small to medium rocks coming down regularly, with the center and left being dry. Lots of large falling rock activity over on the Conness Glacier too.
Ryan Huetter
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
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