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May 8, 2012

Will be making a trip to Tuolumne next week and was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for good climbs/peaks to bag so early in the season?

-Which moderate longer climbs are most accessible and tend to be dry this time of year? Or if the majority of walls are still wet/seeping, are there any peaks in the meadows that have good snow/ice routes this time of year?
-where should we camp if the official campgrounds are still closed?
-any idea what the snow line is?

First time climbing in tuolumne! - looking forward.

Thanks y'all
Joined Feb 11, 2007
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May 9, 2012
Celebrating on Intersection Rock, JTree.
I can help with camping. The Meadows campground will still be closed, BYO water, bandit camping inside the park = a fat ticket. Head over Tioga Pass, down the road toward Lee Vining, there are a couple pullouts south of the road that people camp in. Look for other people bivying. Also, those forest service campgrounds might be open when the NPS campgrounds are closed. brat
Joined Nov 28, 2007
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May 9, 2012
Living the High Life.
Stately Pleasure, Dozier, Lembert Domes, etc will be good to go. Check out "Bull Dozier" 5.7. Great route. Call the Park to see if the official campground is open or closed. You want to stay there if they are open, as it has the best access to the climbing (which is everywhere).

Check out this thread: supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1...

Amazing place. Climb ALL DAY. You will regret it if you sleep in...

Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
Joined Aug 22, 2007
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May 9, 2012
Hidden valley jtree chillin
climbed mnt dana on sunday snow level is about 9,800 and melting fast all those little domes around tulumne looked dry the path to cathedral still snowy..all around conness and saddlebag locked in snow tioga lake is ice if that gives you an idea..the actually route on cathedral looked wet but snow free..matthes crest also looked dry its just getting their...and as far as mesquitos??? i dont know were they are but their not anywere on the east side or the high country at all the dome at the base of teneya lake is dry ..oh yeah word is the teneya canyon slide is roaring...hope this helps rex parker
From las vegas n.v
Joined Aug 6, 2006
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May 10, 2012
Hidden valley jtree chillin
ice routes...nope donzo lee canyon still had ice on the routes as of sunday but its been hot and is supposed to stay hot..for climbing this time of year.. and thus this year... i love west country, and the stuff on the dome next to teneya .. no approach sunny super fun, just wear sun block , the reflection off the ice on teneya will microwave you. rex parker
From las vegas n.v
Joined Aug 6, 2006
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May 10, 2012
Stately Pleasure, Pywiak, DAFF and Lembert should all have dry routes and easy access.

Photos by CMac today:


^Andy, I think Dozier would be wet still and snowy, muddy approach for sure.

Maybe Low Profile Dome, Bunny Slopes and Olmstead Canyon would be dried out too. But the above gives you plenty of options at moderate grades. Beware the knobby face runouts if you haven't been up there before.
Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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