Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:05 am Posts: 124 Location: North Sierra, West slope
Here's a map of the area. The yellow line is to the saddlebag campground, the red to a good spot for camping below the greenstone lake chutes, and the green is one of the possible routes to the glacier. I show the distance from the saddlebag road turn off at hwy 120 to greenstone lake at 4 miles and about 700 vert.
This was the view of the area on the 14th of May from the virginia lakes area.
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:11 pm Posts: 125 Location: Los Angeles, CA
sounds cool... I guess Saddlebag Lodge is probably closed but since some friends will be hitting Ellery Bowl and the Dana plateau (or at least that's their theory... at least one is currently dirtbagging it in the Valley) I'd like to suggest that as another possibility for a day trip. Saddlebag looks fun though.
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:18 pm Posts: 57 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Thanks for the quick response!
I'm definitly down for the Saddlebag basecamp, organization be damned. (need an excuse to get a new tent and develop the snow campin skills, anyway). I just asked for Friday off of work, so one way or another, I'll be there for the duration of the weekend. I'll most likely be leavin here Thursday night, car bivying @ LV, then headin up to Saddlebag early Friday mornin.
If the weather's WAY too bad, I'll be bringing the climbin' gear, too, if anyone's interested.
Joined: Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:42 am Posts: 2385 Location: California
I'm making sure I have the days free from work and the family and hoping everything else falls into place.
My plan as well. I hope Saddlebag works out though, it's a gorgeous area and the chutes/couloirs look killer. Been reading/hearing about winter decents in the area for years and it's finally coming to fruition.