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Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:17 pm
by kylekuzma
I'll be headed out there in 2 weeks and want to make sure I can get over the pass without an ice ax and crampons. Any insight from trip reports would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:59 am
by Ashery
When are you heading out?

I'm packing up to head out to that area today via Shepherd (Most likely returning the same way, but I might take Junction back), but there's a good chance I'll be getting home a day or so after you head out.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:15 am
by looks easy from here
I'll be headed there in early August, so I'd love to hear a conditions report, too. Thursday's satellite image looks promising.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:09 pm
by Ashery
Looks like my plans've changed. Was looking to approach the meet-up from the east side, but since I'm having to delay by a day and need to take a less ambitious approach, I likely won't be crossing Colby. Doesn't look like it'd be easy to incorporate it in a loop that heads back west, but I'll give it some more thought.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:44 pm
by kylekuzma
Ashery wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:59 am
When are you heading out?
We start from roads end this Friday the 26th and will begin our ascent up the pass on Saturday the 27th.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:34 pm
by arkheel
You might want to check out TSX Challenge on Facebook. They have a group out right now that will probably going over Colby Pass in a couple of days. They've been using a Garmin Inreach to post daily reports to their Facebook page. Their post from last night was from Big Wet Meadow.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:20 pm
by Ashery
kylekuzma wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:44 pm
Ashery wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:59 am
When are you heading out?
We start from roads end this Friday the 26th and will begin our ascent up the pass on Saturday the 27th.
Heh, guessed it right on the nose. I just got home early this afternoon.

Sadly, I didn't get any info on Colby. The conditions this week were...less than ideal, so I ended up going with a much less ambitious itinerary.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:33 pm
by looks easy from here
There was a report today on the Sierra Nevada Current Conditions Facebook page that Colby (along with Franklin and Elizabeth) went with just microspikes and trekking poles.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:51 pm
by AaronRDavis
Wanted to give this thread a bump to see if we’ve got any updates yet.

Re: Anybody have an info on the Colby Pass?

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:54 pm
by caddis
The pass had a bit of snow on the west side but nothing to be concerned with. This was 10 days ago