2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Questions and reports related to Sierra Nevada current and forecast conditions, as well as general precautions and safety information. Trail conditions, fire/smoke reports, mosquito reports, weather and snow conditions, stream crossing information, and more.
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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports: Center Basin 5/12

Post by marymaryland » Thu May 21, 2015 11:07 pm

KevinDo wrote: That's good to hear! I'll be heading out for Rae Lakes this weekend (CCW) and will report back how the conditions are!
By the way, I don't think the photo attached?
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And a panorama of Center Basin as of 5/12 for good measure. Looks like July to me.
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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Hobbes » Fri May 22, 2015 6:54 am

schmalz wrote: I have dabbled in winter climbing and want to get more into it. I also did a lot of steep offtrail skiing at Squaw Valley in my youth as well as rockclimbing so the sport seems natural to me. The problem that I face is that I'd like to have a partner to go on those trips with and I have yet to find one.
Yeah, it's a pretty small cadre of people performing at that level, not the least of which is the specialized gear to pull this off:

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Add snow shoes, x-country skis & ice skates and you'd be ready for anything.

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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Hobbes » Fri May 22, 2015 10:20 am

Doug Sr @ the Portal store posted a great summary of conditions on Whitney here:

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum ... mber=99833

Including this little tidbit:

Buying/ renting gear will not come with a packet of tricks you MAY need as the conditions change.

To which someone else posted this awesome graphic:

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Doug also mentioned a lady came in who had just finished the JMT. I believe she posts here as part of her 'Sierra mapping project'. Here's her Instagram link - check out the photos!

https://instagram.com/sierramappingproject/

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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by rlown » Fri May 22, 2015 10:28 am

Someone needs to win an award for that "Magic Set" graphic. =D>

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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Bluewater » Fri May 22, 2015 2:21 pm

"Set contains small parts and small balls". . . There's a lot of comedy on that one graphic.

Here's one from yesterday at the top of Kearsarge Pass from Randy Berton on the PCT 2015 Facebook page. There's a lot of snow up there.
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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by sparky » Sat May 23, 2015 10:20 am

Well, supposedly temps will stay cool all week then rise dramatically by next weekend. Fresher snow will melt quicker.

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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Jimr » Sat May 23, 2015 1:03 pm

maybe I'm crazy, but I'm going over Kearsarge on Tuesday to hang around on the West side for a few days. Anyone feeling a bit crazy and wants to come along, give me a shout. At the moment, it's a solo trip.
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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Hobbes » Sat May 23, 2015 1:33 pm

June 6, 2012

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2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by dougieb » Mon May 25, 2015 11:13 pm

Went over cottonwood pass this weekend and saw very little snow except in little tiny pockets here and there. I went to Lower Soldier Lake and up into Miter Basin and didn't have any snow issues at all. On Saturday night it snowed on us about 3-4 inches of powder. It was gorgeous and quickly melted by noon, seemingly soaking straight into the ground without any noticeable difference in river levels or anything. I got hail for an hour one day and a little snow here or there just floating through the sky but no rain or thunder. Even the temps were moderate, probably not going below the high 20's at night and during the day it was probably in the 50's if I had to guess.
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Re: 2015 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Hobbes » Tue May 26, 2015 5:58 am

Steve C at the WZ posted a great video of a group's Whitey attempt last Sat, May 23. Wait until you see the conditions at the crest (where they turned back) - lots of snow. Sure, it's been melting off, but there's also been daily flurries (note how the weather rapidly degrades).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obZCxDa ... e=youtu.be

It's supposed to be 92 in LP this Sat, and 52 @ the peak. Schmalz & I are taking a guided trip up the MR.

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