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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 12:05 pm 
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I've been looking forward to this trip report. Looks like you guys had an awesome time! What a way to cap off an epic 2017! I like the failed attempt at keeping the trip report brief.  lol.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 4:37 pm 
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What a blast of a trip!  You guys covered some ground I haven't seen yet.  Really a great story and I can tell you had a lot of fun.  It was good to see you both briefly.  Next time, when I'm not in the middle of moving, we'll coordinate so I can join you.

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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 5:31 pm 
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Nice trip! Is Whitney normally that dry in the winter? Heck if I'd known it looked like that back around thanksgiving I might've changed my roadtrip to be more like yours
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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 6:38 pm 
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The scramble up Muir is really nice. The rock and features are just great to climb on.
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PostWed Jan 03, 2018 6:58 pm 
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That's a great write up and sums up really well. Felt like I'm going back through the trip for a second time. Jake's an excellent partner. One of the strongest I've ever hiked/climbed with.

There actually wasn't a lot of planning going on (spent a day to search up and that's about it) and instead we chose to let the story unfold itself, day after a day. Some objectives require timing (such as Whitney) that you simply can't fix the date. Another thing we tried was to mix things up and try seeing different stuffs each day. There's so much more to explore down in that corridor.

Re: Whitney. No it's not. Usually it's very snowy. Snowshoes, boots and windchill down to -20 F is probably the norm. That road is not technically maintained in winter too so if it snows down to low elevation then there's added distance. I just saw a post on Facebook that some parts of CA mountains have only 3% of the average snowpack right now.... Taking advantage of this dry conditions we figured it made sense to tag Whiteny, Telescope and Charlston the three higher altitude peaks.

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PostThu Jan 04, 2018 6:18 am 
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Great trip and report. The lack snow in the Sierras is surprising and a little alarming ...the amount you encountered on the upper reaches of Whitney is about the same as it was when we did it in mid-Sept, 2003, particularly on the switchbacks.

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PostFri Jan 05, 2018 9:54 am 
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Gimpilator wrote:
It was good to see you both briefly.  Next time, when I'm not in the middle of moving, we'll coordinate so I can join you.

Good to see you too, the shower and food was much appreciated. Thanks again!

Steven, thanks for the kind words. I had a great time on this trip! Your planning, routefinding, and technical skills are superb - much better than mine. I look forward to learning from you on future trips.

As for the snow situation: Steven already touched on this, but it's far from normal. Hiking bare trails all the way to 14,000 feet this time of year is pretty much unheard of, as far as I know. Quite disturbing.
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PostSun Jan 07, 2018 3:51 pm 
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Wow - that's quite a trip!  How cool to go from lowest to highest spots.  I wanna do that too.   up.gif
Nice trip report!
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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 7:21 am 
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Good news, though we were thinking of heading down that way based on your report

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Las Vegas NV
333 AM PST Mon Jan 8 2018

CAZ519-521-090000-
/O.CON.KVEF.WS.W.0001.180109T0000Z-180110T0600Z/
Eastern Sierra Slopes-White Mountains of Inyo County-
Including Aspendell, Whitney Portal, Westgard Pass,
and Bristlecone Pine
333 AM PST Mon Jan 8 2018

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 10 PM PST TUESDAY ABOVE 7000 FEET...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to

impossible. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with

localized amounts up to 3 feet for the Sierra Nevada, 5 to 10

inches in the White Mountains.

* WHERE...Eastern Sierra Slopes and White Mountains of Inyo

County.

* WHEN...4 PM today to 10 PM Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in

visibility at times. Mountain roads will become dangerous to

travel as they become slick and snow covered.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are
forecast and severe winter weather conditions are expected or
occurring that will make travel dangerous. If you must travel,
keep a flashlight with extra batteries, food and water in your
vehicle in case of an emergency. Call 5 1 1 for the latest road
conditions.

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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 11:47 am 
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What a classy and aesthetic set of objectives you chose!  Some there I hope to do someday but are on the edge of my comfort level.  Nicely done.  Was the routefinding pretty logical and straightforward on Lady?  Hard to believe it was a maintained route by NPS at one time.  Looks harder, but reminds me of the once maintained "Government Route" off the Island in the Sky, Canyonlands.

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PostMon Jan 08, 2018 12:22 pm 
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Silence - thanks for forecast update. They need all the snow they can get, so it's good to hear there's finally some headed their way.

John Morrow wrote:
What a classy and aesthetic set of objectives you chose!  Some there I hope to do someday but are on the edge of my comfort level.  Nicely done.  Was the routefinding pretty logical and straightforward on Lady?  Hard to believe it was a maintained route by NPS at one time.  Looks harder, but reminds me of the once maintained "Government Route" off the Island in the Sky, Canyonlands.

Thanks John! The routefinding on Lady isn't too bad if you bring a description. All the most confusing spots have arrows painted on the rock that point out the way to go. There are a few spots higher up that are sort of confusing, but not bad if you take your time.

And yes, it's hard to believe it was once a maintained and popular hike. There is a lot of exposed scrambling and it's really steep. I think people were just tougher back then.
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PostTue Jan 09, 2018 6:43 am 
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Unfortunately NOAA is now downgrading the storm this morning ... saying it's warmer than predicted and amounts will only be 3 to 6 inches, with only 10 inches along the Sierra crest.

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PostFri Jan 12, 2018 11:59 pm 
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All trip reports are updated on my site. All of the 10 peaks we did have good quality.

A few selective ones:

http://stevensong.com/lady-mountain
http://stevensong.com/mount-whitney
http://stevensong.com/mount-wilson-2
http://stevensong.com/manly-beacon


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