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jaybird2


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Corrugation Corner in Dec?  (North_America: United_States: California: Lake_Tahoe: Lovers_Leap)
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Was wondering if Corrugation Corner is doable in late Dec. Been climbing up in RMNP in Dec., but would not care to go that time again. Basically wondering if the route holds much snow, direction it is facing, etc. Probably just reaching here, but I would really like to get on some rock over x-mas. Oh, I lead 9 trad competently (breaking into 10s) if that will affect your answer.


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Or is there any rock (multi-pitch) around there that makes for descent climbing in the dead of winter? I will be staying near Heavenly ski resort.


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well you've got a couple options:

* the leap may be alright but i wouldn't count on it
* further downhill sugarloaf is often doable during winter
* owens or buttermilks is just down the road and an excellent option
* a long drive but yosemite lower merced is definitely doable during sunny days
* sport climbing around sonora


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Sugarloaf is only a 15min. farther west on 50. It is south facing and 2,000ft lower than the Leap. It is free standing and dries out fast. Conditions at Sugarloaf can be perfect on a sunny winter day. There are many 3 pitch climbs from 5.7 up.

The Leap faces north at 7,000ft. Corrigation Corrner starts up high and can be windy..... Alpine conditions.


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Sugarloaf seems to be my best bet, thanks for the advice.


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well you've got a couple options:

* the leap may be alright but i wouldn't count on it
* further downhill sugarloaf is often doable during winter
* owens or buttermilks is just down the road and an excellent option
* a long drive but yosemite lower merced is definitely doable during sunny days
* sport climbing around sonora

Patrick, um . . . just down the road meaning, what? A six hour drive? Bishop is not remotely near the Leap. Then again, neither is Merced.


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Sugarloaf seems to be my best bet, thanks for the advice.

Last week there was a forest fire that supposedly burned through the area. I'm not sure many know what conditions are like now because there have been mudslides in the area and the highway has been closed.

You'll have to get more info before planning to climb there later in the year.

See this thread.


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Oct 24, 2004, 10:41 PM
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Sugarloaf seems to be my best bet, thanks for the advice.

Phantom Spires is a safer bet. Wrights lake road is wide open. Free camping right near the climbs.


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I Climbed The Line last January on a warm day. It was pretty dry although parts of the route were wet. We saw a peice of the ice flow the size of a VW bug fall It was awsome. I think Coragation Corner would be pretty wet during the winter but If you have snow shoes and the weather is warm go check it out. A route on the east wall would be very doable conditions permiting. :shock: :twisted:


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If you are a good skier drive to Kirkwood, (or Alpine or Squaw). Heavenly's terrain can't match these other resorts, plus it's crowded.


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Check current avalanche conditions before you go. Getting down could be the crux.


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Corrugation corner in winter is an alpine climb. Now you may encounter OK conditions. But more likely you will be wading through a couple feet or more of snow on 30 plus degree slopes (read very real avalanche danger) just to get to the base of the route. Eyeore's Chimney is a (locally) famous ice climb... it is on the same cliff as Corrugation, faces the same direction (northish) and tops out in the general vicinity.

The reality of winter climbing in California strikes home... it is sunny and mild down in the Valley. Don't make the flatlander mistake in assuming that it is sunny and mild in the mountains too. I might be... or might not.

The Tahoe area is one of the snowiest places in the state. I wouldn't count on Sugarloaf either, and I certainly wouldn't travel very far to climb there. There aren't that many routes there. Phantom Spires is not bloody likely in Jamn unless there is an extended melt (which many years there is a mid winter melt off).

Most of us go skiing in Jan, with the odd sport climbing days thrown in. Now if you just gotta stroke granite come January, Yosemite is far more reliable, but there again, you ain't gonna be jumping on any grade IV's or anything. Just sunny side cragging basically.

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If your at Heavenly and want a break. The Pie Shop is just down the road, there is good bouldering and some fun easy cracks, and it isnt a difficult or dangerous approach. You might need snowshoes though.
Now for skiing, skiways is good open tree skiing with fun terrain. Take sky chair and traverse towards the Nevada side, just about the state line you can head left and tree ski almost all the way to sky chair. If you go right and hike you hit the summit, then you can hit Kilabrew(sp?) canyon, traverse then hit Motts canyon. Its pretty exposed so dont try it unless your confident.


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