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Lazlo


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I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)


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I was going to say Palisades...

Supposedly there are ice routes on North Peak. It's usually a September thing I hear, but I bet with the low snow year you could still get in there fairly easily.

Iceberg lake lets you into the Mountaineers route on Whitney - multiple couloirs and 4th class steps.

Iceberg is also good access to Mt. Russell. In between the classics like fishook arete, diamond arete...etc are class 4 gullies. I soloed one in July one year and it felt pretty casual.


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I was going to say Palisades...

Supposedly there are ice routes on North Peak. It's usually a September thing I hear, but I bet with the low snow year you could still get in there fairly easily.

Iceberg lake lets you into the Mountaineers route on Whitney - multiple couloirs and 4th class steps.

Iceberg is also good access to Mt. Russell. In between the classics like fishook arete, diamond arete...etc are class 4 gullies. I soloed one in July one year and it felt pretty casual.

Thanks for the tips. North Peak is going to be a little far now. 120 is closed, so that puts a damper on it.

I might spend some skiing time around Whitney. Might give Thor a try. It tempts me every time I'm in the area.


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The Sawtooth Ridge area and Split Mountain look like they could be good.


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Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.


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i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.

I'll be based out of Lone Pine/Whitney. However, I'll be driving North to get home, so anywhere, really, is going to be fine for me.

How will the approach to Dana be? On Google Maps, it looks to be around 6 miles, as the bird flies, from 395.


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Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.

I'll be based out of Lone Pine/Whitney. However, I'll be driving North to get home, so anywhere, really, is going to be fine for me.

How will the approach to Dana be? On Google Maps, it looks to be around 6 miles, as the bird flies, from 395.


Currently caltrans says the road is closed 5 miles west of the 395 jnct. So that'll get you up the grade a bit. Not sure where exactly. Then hike/ski, or hitch a snowmobile ride (Lol) up the road past Tioga Pass resort (open year round, no?) and a couple lakes. It'd be a long day, yes. A real early start.

If you could afford it, stay at TPR. The approach from Tioga Lk to the couloir is short and easy. Plus ski down the west face or nw ridge for a quick decent. I've only done this peak in summer but that couloir looks great! Must be awesome in the winter. I've seen some winter time pics of this peak on the web somewhere. I'll pm you a link.


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i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.

I'll be based out of Lone Pine/Whitney. However, I'll be driving North to get home, so anywhere, really, is going to be fine for me.

How will the approach to Dana be? On Google Maps, it looks to be around 6 miles, as the bird flies, from 395.


Currently caltrans says the road is closed 5 miles west of the 395 jnct. So that'll get you up the grade a bit. Not sure where exactly. Then hike/ski, or hitch a snowmobile ride (Lol) up the road past Tioga Pass resort (open year round, no?) and a couple lakes. It'd be a long day, yes. A real early start.

If you could afford it, stay at TPR. The approach from Tioga Lk to the couloir is short and easy. Plus ski down the west face or nw ridge for a quick decent. I've only done this peak in summer but that couloir looks great! Must be awesome in the winter. I've seen some winter time pics of this peak on the web somewhere. I'll pm you a link.

Thanks for the beta! I got your PM. Looks like a good option.


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Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.

I'll be based out of Lone Pine/Whitney. However, I'll be driving North to get home, so anywhere, really, is going to be fine for me.

How will the approach to Dana be? On Google Maps, it looks to be around 6 miles, as the bird flies, from 395.


Currently caltrans says the road is closed 5 miles west of the 395 jnct. So that'll get you up the grade a bit. Not sure where exactly. Then hike/ski, or hitch a snowmobile ride (Lol) up the road past Tioga Pass resort (open year round, no?) and a couple lakes. It'd be a long day, yes. A real early start.

If you could afford it, stay at TPR. The approach from Tioga Lk to the couloir is short and easy. Plus ski down the west face or nw ridge for a quick decent. I've only done this peak in summer but that couloir looks great! Must be awesome in the winter. I've seen some winter time pics of this peak on the web somewhere. I'll pm you a link.

Thanks for the beta! I got your PM. Looks like a good option.

Yo Lazlo have you considered hwy168 west out of Bishop? Might get you up to 7/8000'. Mt Humphreys and Basin Mtn. are good and close peaks.


Lazlo


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i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
i_h8_choss wrote:
Lazlo wrote:
I'm looking at having some time by myself in the Eastern Sierras in the next couple months.....

What areas could be recommended as a skin-in area for soloing some routes? I'm down for couloirs, mixed, ice, and class 3-4 rock.

That said; I do have a list of areas I want to hit as the weather turns warmer in spring... I'm really looking for opinions on worthy routes at this time of year, climbing solo.

An example would be The Palisades... but the 12 mile committed distance kills it for me. I think I could do with a 12 mile round trip.

Thoughts?

(Edit: to make the title plural rather than singular.)

base out of Lee Vining?

Dana couloir, Conness, Bear Creek Spire, Mt Darwin, Bishop Pass, Mountaineers Route, Mt. Tyndall, ski near Bridgeport, the White Mtns., Mammoth, Tahoe and climb ice, Bishop sport and boulders.

I'll be based out of Lone Pine/Whitney. However, I'll be driving North to get home, so anywhere, really, is going to be fine for me.

How will the approach to Dana be? On Google Maps, it looks to be around 6 miles, as the bird flies, from 395.


Currently caltrans says the road is closed 5 miles west of the 395 jnct. So that'll get you up the grade a bit. Not sure where exactly. Then hike/ski, or hitch a snowmobile ride (Lol) up the road past Tioga Pass resort (open year round, no?) and a couple lakes. It'd be a long day, yes. A real early start.

If you could afford it, stay at TPR. The approach from Tioga Lk to the couloir is short and easy. Plus ski down the west face or nw ridge for a quick decent. I've only done this peak in summer but that couloir looks great! Must be awesome in the winter. I've seen some winter time pics of this peak on the web somewhere. I'll pm you a link.

Thanks for the beta! I got your PM. Looks like a good option.

Yo Lazlo have you considered hwy168 west out of Bishop? Might get you up to 7/8000'. Mt Humphreys and Basin Mtn. are good and close peaks.

Sorry I missed your response. I just now saw it.

....I just spent the last half hour researching the area. Mt. Emerson North Couloir looks pretty excellent.


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