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By Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
May 28, 2013
Me at the good rest on Doggie Do

Early season but summer-like temps are arriving later this week, which brings me to the following:

What are current conditions like in the Meadows? Are the only things good to climb right now the usual early season suspects or with the low snow year are we reasonably open for business?

Please advise.

Also would be nice to keep this thread going with updates of conditions...


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By Johnny Y
From California
May 28, 2013
Dreams of Wild Turkeys

Was there over the memorial day weekend. The right side of Dozier (past the island of pine trees, Errett Out) is pretty much dry, left of that has running water. There is also a big moat of snow at the base, which makes for a slippery start. South Flank of DAFF is also dry. Lembert, Pywaik (right side) also looks dry. Saw multiple cars at the Fairview pullout. You can still ski on North Peak!

Here are some photo I took over the weekend

Fairview and Cathedral
Fairview and Cathedral


Pywiak, Aqua knobby on the other side is definitely wet (as advertised)
Pywiak, Aqua knobby on the other side is definitely wet (as advertised)


Dozier Dome
Dozier Dome


Tenaya
Tenaya


North Peak
North Peak


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By SirTobyThe3rd
May 28, 2013
Hello

Weston L wrote:
Early season but summer-like temps are arriving later this week, which brings me to the following: What are current conditions like in the Meadows? Are the only things good to climb right now the usual early season suspects or with the low snow year are we reasonably open for business? Please advise. Also would be nice to keep this thread going with updates of conditions...


What do you want to climb in TM? If it is usual cragging that you want to do than everything south facing can be climbed. Will be very enjoyable in the sun (even hot later in the day).
Cool in the shade, but cold in the morning.

If you want to do something like Harding route on Conness, you might have to wait a bit for that approach to melt off and route itself to dry up a bit more.

[img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2RU7yz8NuJE/UaUGcLBR2KI/AAAAAAAACag/oUW8RjfW5nY/s1024/tm.jpg[/img]
TM 05/19/2013


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By Xtine
From Sierra Eastside, CA
May 30, 2013
Straight Shooter

Was just climbing yesterday out in the meadows, 60+ F, sunny, no jacket, a light breeze ...it's amazing out here right now; although Cathedral still has a big patch of snow on it....the descent on Third Pillar is snowy but some say it's still fine....what were you looking to climb in particular? I'll be passing there tomorrow too and can check it out on the way to the valley. Thanks for holding onto my cam for me too btw!! I'll be back this weekend and can get it then...if you're not in town, maybe you can drop it off at the store for me.


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By DylanJK
From Concord, CA
Jun 1, 2013
Not Climbing

Xtine wrote:
Was just climbing yesterday out in the meadows, 60+ F, sunny, no jacket, a light breeze ...it's amazing out here right now; although Cathedral still has a big patch of snow on it....the descent on Third Pillar is snowy but some say it's still fine....what were you looking to climb in particular? I'll be passing there tomorrow too and can check it out on the way to the valley. Thanks for holding onto my cam for me too btw!! I'll be back this weekend and can get it then...if you're not in town, maybe you can drop it off at the store for me.

There is no snow on Cathedral except for patches on the descent. I climbed it twice in the past 3 days. Regular route on Fair view is wet to up to the bottom half of the nice 5.7corner. Everything above that is dry. Low profile dome is completely dry. Camping and store are not yet open (perhaps.this Sunday?)
Enjoy


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By Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Jun 1, 2013
Me at the good rest on Doggie Do

Xtine wrote:
Was just climbing yesterday out in the meadows, 60+ F, sunny, no jacket, a light breeze ...it's amazing out here right now; although Cathedral still has a big patch of snow on it....the descent on Third Pillar is snowy but some say it's still fine....what were you looking to climb in particular? I'll be passing there tomorrow too and can check it out on the way to the valley. Thanks for holding onto my cam for me too btw!! I'll be back this weekend and can get it then...if you're not in town, maybe you can drop it off at the store for me.


Yo! Looks like we will end up going to Lone Pine instead for some routes in that area. Was more curious about OZ, Direct NW Face of Lembert, and some of the other non-typical early season stuff due to the low snow year.

Xtine, I'm in Vegas this weekend (gonna hop on Epinephrine on Sun) and through Fri night - let me know when and where you want to meet up for me to get that cam back to you and I would be glad to return it to you.


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By QITNL
Jun 5, 2013
QITNL

Tuolumne Meadows Campground opens this Friday. Lots of spots available for reservation at recreation.gov.


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By Edward_
Jun 10, 2013

anyone know the conditions for Matthes Crest?


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By Scott O
From California
Jun 15, 2013
Batman Pinnacle

I just drove through today (I moved to Fresno and chose to drive through the park on my way). Tenaya Peak still has snow at the snow field, but it appears to be fading and shouldn't be there much longer.


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By rex parker
From las vegas n.v
Jun 15, 2013
on the way up <br />

Everything in the high country is a go. Repeat 90 percent of snow is all gone . Its full on for everything!


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By SRG
From San Francisco, CA
Jun 17, 2013
Scouting

gnar gnar time

how's the skeeters?


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By fossana
From Bishop, CA
Jun 18, 2013
downclimb off the First Flatiron <br />photo by TooTallTim

Edward_ wrote:
anyone know the conditions for Matthes Crest?

Matthes is dry. Some snow on the descent, but no postholing on Sun (16 June).

Matthes conditions, 16 June 2013
Matthes conditions, 16 June 2013


Matthes conditions 2 (with Ryan from Boulder), 16 June 2013
Matthes conditions 2 (with Ryan from Boulder), 16 June 2013


Matthes descent conditions, 16 June 2013
Matthes descent conditions, 16 June 2013


Matthes descent conditions 2, 16 June 2013
Matthes descent conditions 2, 16 June 2013


Some Random Guy wrote:
gnar gnar time how's the skeeters?

A few mosquitos around swampy areas, but not bad.


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By kidda
From Boone, NC
Jun 18, 2013

Rex, when you say that the entire high country is melted out, does that include high sierra?

Specifically, I'm curious about descending East Face of Whitney via Mountaineers, as well as the approach and descent of North Arete of Bear Creek Spire. We do not have ice axe or crampons.

I really appreciate any info! For my part, I'm camped in Tuolumne right now but just got in and have not climbed yet this trip. I will be happy to update and answer any specific inquiries.


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By vincent L.
From Redwood City
Jun 19, 2013
First day of school

Not my photo , photo credit bran_daid
Not my photo , photo credit bran_daid


MR route snow free...

Search !! took me 9 seconds to find this . Whitneyportalstore has way more Whitney specific info ...

www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat>>>


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By vincent L.
From Redwood City
Jun 23, 2013
First day of school

North Peak couloirs looking solid still ... <br />
North Peak couloirs looking solid still ...


6/22/13


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By Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Jul 1, 2013
Me at the good rest on Doggie Do

6/30/13

Quite buggy, not much snow, and incredible sunsets.



Among other things that don't suck...
Among other things that don't suck...


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