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  • #803793
    towelie
    35 Posts

    forgot to add – Twin lakes – looks like snowline is just about down to the lake on north facing side of Crater Crest, but you’ll have to do a bit of a hike soon. Campground was snow free.

    #803792
    towelie
    35 Posts

    With young kids, I hadn’t really gotten out much in the last 5+ years. Seems like no one posts conditions anymore. I just made a trip down 395 Friday and Saturday. East side should be fantastic this year!

    Big pine /Palisades area: Cardina/Tinemaha/Birch- looks good, but you’ll have to do the typical dry hike from the road down low. Can still ride down to the car on glacier lodge road from Kidd.

    Bishop – From the road, Basin looked great. Better get Tom soon. Didn’t checkout the other stuff.

    Mcgee/esha, etc – road is still snow covered 1+ miles out, but definitely doable.

    rock creek closed at snowpark with ~3ft of snow. Lookslike they’re plowing the road beyond.

    Convict – can still ride down to the car at convict lake from minni morrison. north side of the lake is burned. pinner looked good from the summit of mini morrison.

    Mammothl- for bloody mtn looked like snow goes pretty close to your car(that final little hill facing 395)

    June lake loop is open. Can still ski down to the car from Mt wood. Mt gibbs looks great.

    Tioga pass – Mo mart is closed but sign says opens 4/29 (i think that’s the fishing opener).
    120 still closed at the low gate. Looks like great coverage off the plateau down to the power plant road, etc.

    lundy canyon – fantastic coverage. still snow covered so you can’t drive to the Dam/lake, but you’re extremely close to the Mtwarren/scouden canyon.

    Virginia lakes- closed at the winter closure down low, but it looks like they’ve been plowing it way past.

    pics at my drop box: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j7sy5kbarxmttig/AAAXpuTOr9G-uiSxYRTepeuza?dl=0

    #605572
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Tex, (and all)

    JC and I will be up in portland area 5/15-5/17. prolly hood, maybe one other.

    we’ll be in WA 6/7–>6/15. doing liberty ridge on rainier, then other mtns, not sure what yet.
    any/all are welcome to join. shoot me a PM.

    hey, here’s my TR from my roadtrip up there last year. lassen–>shasta–>hood–>helens–>adams–>mcclaughlin. great stuff. what ever you do, hope ya enjoy your trip!!!
    http://www.thebackcountry.net/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1281&sid=b838d9d53baa7a8d8d1ed708e0bddf0d

    of all of them, st.helens is the must do. not for the skiing (it’s good, but mellow) but it’s crater is so unique.

    cheers,
    abe

    #603606
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Bgnight wrote:

    Man, your pictures definitely make me second guess my decision. I watched you guys skinning for a little while below. Did you ride the line you skinned or did you ride the main gully? When I was going by in the morning I thought riding the top of the main and then cutting over to your skin route would be a nice run.

    Ahh, your line looked like a more proud line (tigter, etc). It was cool to see your pics from another line 8)
    We skinned up the lookers left gully since we thought it would be protected from all of the rockfall, and potentially another avy if it got too hot. this was true of the rockfall for sure(could you hear it?), but skinning up the regular wider gully would have been easier. when we skiied, we hit the regular gully cause it was fall line and the snow was great. There was one climbers left one more over than the one we climbed that looked good too. I think it was all good 8)

    #603604
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Bignight, great meeting you. Awesome TR, and great pics 8) 8) 8) !
    We were wondering which line you did. looks pretty proud. nice job!

    Tarkman1, we were the party you passed. Great meeting you guys. Fantastic conditions, and great skiing.

    Here’s a couple of pics that hopefully aren’t redundant from Bignights:



    Tarkman1, Tarkman1bro, and MadTurtle skinning up the bowl. The upper chute to the summit plateau in the background. The actual summit sits on the plateau and is the 4th or so hump from right to left:

    It was cool meeting Tarkman1 and his bro. Total rippers. Tarkman1 was too fast to be caught on camera, but his bro didn’t escape w/o being captured:

    Hunewill peak. That one’s next:


    Rest of the images are on ttips or thebackcountry.net site.
    cheers

    #602866
    towelie
    35 Posts

    bcd,

    They’re all great; but the first and third are amazing !
    Dude, I used to think you’re a pro-level boarder(some of your lines = Da sickness!), but you’re at that same level in photography. Some really nice shots on your site.
    thanks for sharing.

    #593172
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Some pics from today 5/10/07, for the folks going up this weekend. Still a lot of great skiing to be had in Shasta.
    – Bunny: pretty much still skiing to the parking lot. Should be this weekend as well, but probably not the next. Even after you turn the corner and start skinning through the trees, it’s kinda thin. With no refresh, I’d guess you’d be walking most of the way to horse camp in 3 weeks.
    – Broadway, Sun/poweder bowl pretty much look done. Giddy Giddy/anaconda looked ok from what I could see.
    – Good coverage in the gulch for skiing above horse camp. Trinities are fantastic.
    – West face looked great. Not sure if the lower drainage traverse still goes or you should boot up and catch anaconda/giddy giddy.
    – South side (k chutes/Sargents still looked good). Shastarama gully still looks awesome. Not sure how much of the road is melted though. Might be some walking after you’re done with ski bowl.
    – Clear creek looked likes it’s getting pretty thin(see pic below from Mcloud), prolly great this weekend. Didn’t drive out to brewer.
    – water’s running at horse camp. There’s a whole team of folks tugging sleds to horsecamp for some party. One guy claimed he was pulling a keg.

    First few taken after skiing today.


    South side:

    Clear Creek:

    morning shots:

    Hail pellets at 12,000. Driving up last night I saw tons of lighning. They got a lot of rain. All the snow below 12,000 got soaked, breaking the bonds of the snow, making it sugar down to 6-12 inches. Luckily at 12k or so I got back to nice solid snow. Below that it was water skiing down and tons of natural wet slides off of casaval. I think the trinities were the only safe thing to ski off of casaval today(solid above 12k). even at 9am the top layer was ready to go below that level.

    stuff off of casaval next to trinities

    Skiing the chute from the top was all ice– still hadn’t softened until you get to where I took this pic on the way up. Quite scary on the upper part. on the left of this picture the easier side of the chute still hadn’t gone the cycle. Not really powder, but powder like. really fun skiing to the bottom of the chute.

    Top of the west face. Coverage looks great. The shastina chute still goes.

    Summit from the top of the trinities ~13k.

    top of the trinities. Can’t figure out why it hadn’t softened yet. I overslept in the car and didn’t get up there to ski it until 2:30pm.

    #596336
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Great Pics BCD!
    I really wanna say that was a great weekend. Both I and Ms. Towelie had a great time meeting and skiing with all ya.
    Good meeting 3Splitboards too.

    Here’s my pics:

    Roadside snow still has great coverage in the flats:


    Someone asked about the lines off of false white towards conness/white. Here’s an old photo looking south from conness (that’s the one and only steelman booting up there on our west ridge rock climb/ski/bike triathlon last may). False white is upper left. The north ridge/face of white is in the middle, and the summit of white is upper right. BCD and folks scoped out the diagonal line on false white and it looked good and was skied recently.

    Here’s another one we scoped on false white. It didn’t go. (look in the previous picture, it is the small snow patch left of the diagonal couloir).

    PJ I think:

    Puff Nattie:

    Matt:

    BCRider scoping the ice jump:

    BCrider:

    BCD: “hey, look at my shadow”

    PJ taking flight:

    #596287
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Jim, Sanfrantastico. Thanks again for the great Beta pics!!!

    #596199
    towelie
    35 Posts

    http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

    [EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA]
    IS CLOSED FROM CRANE FLAT TO 12 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 395 /TIOGA PASS/
    (TUOLUMNE, MONO CO’s) – WINTER CLOSURE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN
    ALTERNATE ROUTE

    Note the mileage from 395. She’s open to the park entrance/plateau 8)

    history dictate that i state the below:
    TIOGA, TIOGA, TIOGA !!!

    same link shows 108 open as well.

    #596141
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Great TR DJ PuffNattie!

    Great Pic. feels like the snow is about to splash out of my monitor. 8)

    ooh, i like the new camper. looks comfy.

    Hey, if you guys want to go back to shasta i’m probably hitting tioga next weekend, then shasta the following 3, with some 4day weekends thrown in.

    #586185
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Conditions on powederhouse today did not suck 8)

    visuals:
    Sherpa1 is all smiles:

    thought bubble over his head: “where’d my feet go?”

    SuperD

    seemed like 8-12 inches on average. pretty light, winter snow. After lap2, we noticed the flats starting to mank up a little. Lap 2 we did the bowl. 8 -10 inches sitting on top of the ice. everything fractured and slid.
    Great meeting ya Sherpa1 !
    SLTJoe(joesnow), great skiing with ya again!

    #595603
    towelie
    35 Posts

    renoenvy wrote:

    did you drive up 50?
    How shitty do you think the bottom slog to Pyramid is

    We just got back this morning from La Casa Powda, and views of upper desolation looked like fantastic coverage, especially the Easterly slopes below price.
    Top 500 ft on the east face of pyramid looked speckled with rocks, but below it looked good. I don’t remember what the S side looked like, but i’d bet it’s thin coverage.
    All of the lower slopes next to 50 on the S side are toast. If you’re going up rocky canyon at least you have a nice trail until you get to snow, which i’d bet would be in the trees or where you cross the creek.

    if you’re going up and spending some time camping in the upper elevations, then coverage will probably be good, and it’d be worth it, but pyramid S side as a day hike seems like it’d be iffy.

    North Trees on powder house today held heavy, heavy soft snow, with a slight crust up high and a noticable crust down low. It’s definitely time to start seeking E/SE corn, but not sure if it’s gone the cycle yet (anyone know?) Cathedral chute on tallac looked fantastic. might head up maniana.
    cheers

    #589453
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Nice job 420!

    ellery bowl looks really easy from the road, but it’s actually pretty sporty up high eh?

    yeah, solstice is always like that with the big cornice. I froze solid while pondered that drop for a good 30 minutes my first time. I finally got the courage after a teledude dropped it, stopped and called up to his little mini dog to drop in. I stood there while the dog whimpered, (i felt the same inside), then finally aired it out. after the dog finally did, i had no choice but to follow suit Damn peer pressure:) every year since, that seems to be the conditions it gets skied in.

    great meeting you at the momart gathering a few weekends ago.

    cheers

    #589381
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Friggen beautiful pics guys. That area is awsome. Can’t believe how much coverage is still left on the southerly faces like north peak. fantastic year!!!

    p.s. PJ. I still gotta find my other flash card and post the pics for sonora of you, knucklesplitter and puff nat. will try to look for it this weekend.

    cheers

    #588680
    towelie
    35 Posts

    I’ve got family plans sat, but was heading down to the high sierra sun–>thursday. If folks are going on this one sunday, i might be able to make a detour on sunday and meet up witcha. Much lower temps this weekend should make for some sweet corn.

    BCR, PM me or call me before saturday night (before 5pm) and let me know if folks are going or not.

    cheers, and happy cinco -de mayo 8)
    abe

    #587391
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Saw 2-3 tracks off of hogs back on my drive backdown to sac yesterday. BCR? 8)

    Love the “vintage” photos of your adventures on the leap too. Great shots steelman!

    cheers

    #587322
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Wow, That first pano is cool 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) !
    Great photo Dfinn.

    #586031
    towelie
    35 Posts

    Bummer dude, but happy b-day! Given the circumstances, sounds like your plan for tonight is the right one. Hope ya recover quick.

    We’re going to jakes, meet at 7:30–>7:45. if anyone is interrested. look for a green civic with a Hula-girl doll on the dash.

    Still looking for folks heading up monday too.

    cheers

    #586029
    towelie
    35 Posts

    BCR, Dfinn, PM’ed ya.

    Heading up both sunday/monday if i get the green light from jenn.
    Will do one of the usuals on sunday, but kinda wanna try something new on monday. … maybe ski the north west face of tallac from bayview trailhead on monday if 89 is open.. I don’t think the access is much longer than spring creek now that the sp. Creek road is closed.

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