Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by jackofall » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:31 pm

Any info on the face of Darwin? My buddy and I will be going up over the Col on Aug. 1 and then going to climb Darwin. We will be bringing crampons, ice axe, rope, harnesses for the climb up the glacier. If you have any pictures of Darwin that would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance.








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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by Harlen » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:35 pm

apatek wrote:
Has anyone had experience going over Lamarck Col or Piute Pass during the last week in July in either 2011 or 2017?
Lizzie, the dogs and I went over Piute in 2017, but the dates were mid-June I think. [ viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16043] We brought crampons and skis, and ran into a lot of tricky snow. Here are a few photos of Humphreys Basin from that trip.
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This is the margin of Muriel Lake. Tough for traveling, but really beautiful.


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Cramponing around in the early AM can be great. Here we're up at Goethe Lake, Alpine Col center frame.


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We found dry camping, and open water when we needed it- tough ski-touring but it was a great trip. Hope you have fun. The Harlens.
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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by cgundersen » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:22 pm

Hi Apatek,
Like Harlen, we went over Piute in late June 2017 and exited via Lamarck col. I'll post some photos from that time, but they will not tell you a whole lot more than you already know. There were patchy open spots high up on the East side of the col, but after about 1/3 mile it was solid snow down past Lamarck lakes. As the photos will show, the Darwin side was pretty clear, but there were big patches by the lakes and pretty continuous snow past the last lake in Darwin canyon down toward the JMT. Bring plenty of sunscreen! Cheers, Cameron
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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by RedRider » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:31 pm

These are some fantastic photos

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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by jorrflv » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:37 pm

Here is lamarck col in 2017 July 3rd week.... we did it with our 11 year old daughters

http://highsierratopix.com/community/vi ... =1&t=16425

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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by RedRider » Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:07 pm

Comparing the satellite imagery from a month, even 2 weeks ago suggests that the snow is melting FAST in that area, especially around Darwin Canyon/Bench.

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Re: Lamarck Col in High Snow Year

Post by donnymarcos » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:05 pm

Did Lamarck Col a few days ago. Plenty of snow leading up to the lake at the base of the col, and plenty of snow all the way up. I did it in late afternoon and didn't feel the need for anything beyond a hiking pole, thanks to a well-established track.

Snow along the lakes in Darwin Canyon, but the descent from the col itself was pretty snow-free.

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