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Lone Pine Peak Conditions?

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jfailing · · Portland, OR · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 10

Anyone done the North Ridge this season? I'm planning on doing it this weekend and am wondering whether to bring an ice axe for the descent...

fossana · · leeds, ut · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 13,261

Was up there at the end of May. I brought one but it wasn't absolutely necessary for the descent. I spoke to some guys who were on Whitney/Russell last week. They said the snow was sloggy in the afternoons. There a minor storm front coming through right now which will drop the temps for another day or so, but it's supposed to warm up again.

Reed Ames · · Hesperia, CA · Joined Feb 2011 · Points: 2,497

Was there the weekend of June 18th. The descent chute was free of snow and we only had to cross two snowfields and a few patches which can be done at lower angles if navigated correctly. We had a warm weekend and the snow seemed to soften by the mid-morning and stayed soft/sticky all day. Didn't bring ice-axe and would not have needed it except we had to descend at night and did not get to the lower snowfield (below the lakes) until 10:30pm and couldn't see a way across and the snow seemed to be hardening. We decided to bivy and found an easy enough way across it around 8am the next morning. I think if you decend during the day, you won't need one.

Tom Fralich · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 0

Please post conditions after your trip. I'm planning to go July 5. Would love to know about boots vs approach shoes, ice axe vs no ice axe, etc.

Tyler Wick · · Bishop, CA · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 200

I was up there June 4, the descent slope (the furthest one even with meysan lake) was free of snow.. it was a fun scree ski to the bottom. We encountered quite a bit of snow around the lakes, but it was soft in the late afternoon. Did not carry ice axes or have any need for them..

Tom Fralich · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 0
Tyler Wick wrote:I was up there June 4, the descent slope (the furthest one even with meysan lake) was free of snow.. it was a fun scree ski to the bottom. We encountered quite a bit of snow around the lakes, but it was soft in the late afternoon. Did not carry ice axes or have any need for them..
Boots or approach shoes?
jfailing · · Portland, OR · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 10

Thanks for the info all - sounds like it's a no on the ice axe. I'll report back what the conditions are when I hit it up this weekend! There was a doozie of a windstorm in the Owen's Valley last night. Apparently it was snowing in the high peaks...

Tyler Wick · · Bishop, CA · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 200

I wore mid-height approach shoes, but my feet got soaked on the hike out.. gaiters would've helped!

jfailing · · Portland, OR · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 10

Did this on Saturday the 2nd. Conditions were perfect! After leaving the Meysan lakes trail, we hiked a snow-bridge over the RAGING creek. It may be possible to circumnavigate the creek differently, however more difficultly.

The climb was great. A hint of snow here in there, but nothing that got in the way. The descent was about 95% scree-skiing, and about 5% boot-skiing in snow.

Did the whole thing in light pants and approach shoes. I almost wish I'd brought some cooler clothing for the actual climb... It was definitely very warm during the day.

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Northern California
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