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    Eastside Conditions/ Trip Report Thread 2018

    Get the party started

    Waiting to see the ESAC report

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    Definitely looks like game on for pretty much the entire High Sierra.
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    winter shoes are going on the van as i type.
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    Where are you going? Im ready to drive somewhere
    Hello darkness my old friend

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    im sitting at base of mcgee creek trying to figure out if its worth driving up. not sure where we'll end up.
    suggestions?
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    Careful with the buried facets.

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    I think you should head up the trail and give us our after storm snow report
    I was hoping to make this the weekend to open the season
    Not so sure now

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    Strong work Rod, thanks for the warning

    Ski something with snow on it!! I'm eager to hear what you find.
    Hello darkness my old friend

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    The Conway Summit Cam tells a bleak story

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    Bleak.
    thanks for posting the Bridgeport avi site. I didn't know they have a Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area and a permitting system in place.

    Not sure what thread should take precedence for the eastside.

    a bit of light at the end of the tunnel - Reno NWS forecast discussion

    There are strong signals that region will return to a wet, and
    potentially colder, pattern by the end of next week. A large scale
    low pressure anomaly is forecast to develop along the west coast
    for the first time this winter. This is a very different pattern
    than we have spent most of the 2017/18 winter season in, with most
    of the winter so far dominated by a strong high pressure anomaly
    along the west coast. Atmospheric River tools are forecasting high
    likelihood of 1 or 2 ARs reaching the west coast in the 15-18th
    time period with the highest chances from Northern California into
    the Pacific Northwest. The best chance for winter weather to
    return to the Sierra would most likely be near the end, or after
    that. The strengthening jet stream along the west coast is
    forecast to slide south by the end of the week, finally allowing
    cold air to move into the Sierra.

    By midweek there is a chance we could see an initial wave of
    precipitation as the nose of the strengthening jet stream reaches
    the west coast with the EC is much more bullish for midweek. This
    will still be early in the evolution of the large scale pattern,
    with the best chances to see storms making it into the Sierra
    during the end of the week.

    This is the best signal for a winter weather pattern setting up in
    the long range forecast this season. Of course, that doesn`t
    guarantee a wet, snowy pattern, but considering all the signals it
    raises the possibility to "more likely than not". Or another way
    way to put it is that at least 3 out of 5 times we see signals
    this strong 7-10 days away, the Sierra will end up in a stormy
    weather pattern. -Zach

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    GET BACK TO WORK

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    so yesterday we parked off the scenic loop next to the 700' hump there and i went up in the morning. when we parked at about 2 in the morning it was snowing and 32 degrees. when i woke up it was in the dreaded 36 degree fog that eats snow. there's enough snow at the top for good turns but it runs out quickly.
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    about midway up in the barely mediocre section. it was okay above and heinous below
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    so we decided to head somewhere else but visibility was still crap, the snow levels were still high, avie danger was unknown but seemed high in the high country so we headed toward mammoth lakes basin with a 1:00 start. at about 9,200' we crossed into a more north facing zone and the snow immediately got much deeper and pole pits were sketchy. we were in a great spot to dig a pit and thought about making that our afternoon when it settled beneath us. so we dug our pit a few meters away (there weren't any cracks so we're not sure if it had already settled here). couldn't get it to collapse from above, but a pull from behind showed it would glide on the bearings below the ice layer. the ice layer was pretty stout there but with low pack variability the only decently filled in line there was a no go.
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    the next morning we drove up mcgee creek and found nothing inspiring or unbushwacky. same thing for june lake loop so we headed up to virginia lakes. the low angle trees on dunderberg looked good and also looked like a sure thing so we opted for that. there were probably better options but it worked out well
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    Nice

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    Nice to see this thread back up and running finally.

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    Thanks Powdork. Looks like a good weekend to stay at home

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    Yeah court! Thanx for sharing

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    Awesome.

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    Was up in VL, Dunderberg then South peak & a shot of Black Mtn










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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerWhore7 View Post
    Was up in VL, Dunderberg then South peak & a shot of Black Mtn
    Looks like you made the most of it! Hoping to get down there in between storms this weekend. Thanks for posting

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    Did you dig a pit by any chance? There are supposed to be facets under a layer of snow.

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    Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is looking for citizen observers.

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    Nice, PW7.

    Bored of crap skiing in Tahoe, I made a last-minute decision to try the crap skiing in the Eastern Sierra.

    Here's what this looks like.


    January 2017.


    January 2018.


    Nothing in Pine Creek goes without scrambling up waterfalls and boulders for the first 1,000 feet. Pratt's Crack, on the other hand, is good to go.


    Feather Peak was the goal. Advice: There's a fire road that meanders at an easy grade across the Tungstar gullies and eventually leads west into the right drainage. Don't do what I did which was abandon the fire road for 90 minutes of heavy-pack scree and bush scrambling because (a) your map doesn't show the fire road and (b) the fire road appears to go too far east (and is hard to see from below). Anyhow, take the fire road.


    Much needed tent time.


    Sadly, I didn't make it to Feather or even Royce Lakes. Around 10,800, everything was whomping and fracturing no matter which way I went. It was unnerving. There was a facet layer about 12-16" below surprisingly decent powder. So, I cut my losses and turned tail. My campsite is below.

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    Thanks for the update.

    Feather peak is on my list for this year.

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    Eastside Conditions/ Trip Report Thread 2018

    I dug a pit at about 9,300 feet this past weekend above Lake George on the Crest. North facing, about a 30 degree slope. There was just over a foot of newer snow on top of an inch thick rain layer/very firm crust, with maybe 2 inches of facets underneath that. Compression test failed pretty dramatically at 25.
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