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Gladys Lake  Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,600'
Location: 37.68446, -119.11374 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: aleday on Jul 20, 2014
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This is a seasonal crag, and ice conditions dependent on the weather: Most likely an early season snowfall, followed by a warming period to melt snow then cold trend to make the ice. Aim for late Jan/Feb. Morning sun can melt the ice, so use good judgement in planning a back country trip.

Some of the ice in the area could be scouted from the summit of mammoth mountain, a keen sense of identifying features and a good pair of binoculars.

It's a ways backcountry for ~two pitches of ice and a long skinning slog up the road back to the car, but if solitude and off-the-beaten-path is what you seek, it's a wonderful dual-sport outing.

Getting There 

Park at Mammoth's main lodge, and skin to Minaret Vista. Ski down the road to Agnew meadows. If the ice is in, as you're skating across the meadows, it should be visible.

Continue across the meadows and down the summer trail area and descend to the San Joaquin River. Find a convenient place to cross, and finish skinning to the base. If the snow is good, leave some time to ski the couloir looker's left of the ice flow. You brought your skis...why not?

Climbing Season

For the Mammoth Lakes Area area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo: Skiing on the left, ice on the right

Patience and Fortitude WI3-4 M2  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gladys Lake
There are two parts to the climb: the bigger, pure blue ice main flow [Patience], then a second, thinner, shallower, mildly mixed pitch [Fortitude] reached half-way down the descent gully on the right. After the long(ish) skin in, gear up, then do some ice bouldering over a bulge to the base of Patience. Difficulty is dependent on conditions and line chosen but expect WI3-4 for ~60'. Either set up an ice screw anchor for good top-down photos and partner-heckling, or boot up the snow to a tree an...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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