High Sierra Snow Conditions shot from Top of Mt Watkins


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - May 6, 2010 - 11:18am PT
Climbed Mt. Watkins two days ago. Working on a trip report. But in the mean time thought I would post some photos of the High Sierra snow pack. In a word: DEEP!


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
May 6, 2010 - 11:23am PT
That is really beautiful Chris.

Was that wide crack near the top wet inside?

Did you post hole deep in places?

Wet legs?

A couple spots we thrashed through on the descent certainly would have gotten us soaked in those conditions!

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
May 6, 2010 - 11:24am PT
kewl, thx

Ed H., looks like your scrambling trip may take a while.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 6, 2010 - 11:42am PT
Looks like you'd need an ice axe to get down from Snake Dike.

Thanks, Chris!

Trad climber
May 6, 2010 - 11:43am PT
good news; I was thinking of doing a late May trans-Sierra ski trip. lol

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
May 6, 2010 - 12:31pm PT
Did you stay at Snow-Creek hut?

Mike, have we been emailing? My x-sierra crew is "fair-weather" - they'd rather delay for sun and corn as opposed to wind, cold, hard snow.


Trad climber
Malaga Cove
May 6, 2010 - 12:46pm PT
Is said X-S trip going nordic or alpine?

I would love to get on board with one this season and likewise can't round anyone up. This late season snowpack is making everyone indecisive. Waiting for corn season this year may mean waiting out the season entirely, apart from Shasta.

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2010 - 01:00pm PT
Here is a link to the trip report of Mt. Watkins, South Face

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2010 - 01:01pm PT
didn't find the snow creek hut but we wanted to... anyone have the GPS coordinates for it?
John Moosie

Beautiful California
May 6, 2010 - 01:07pm PT
Thanks for the Pics. Hopefully someone will post some comparison shots in a week or two.

Trad climber
Beautiful, BC
May 6, 2010 - 01:31pm PT
Looking forward to the TR Chris. What pack is Tommy wearing ?

Trad climber
May 6, 2010 - 08:04pm PT
Hey Cleo, If you are Val, yep, that's me. small world.

Seems things in my schedule have changed and I couldn't have made it until later anyway. Second half of May may work better for me.

NotIt; For myself, I'll be on downhill oriented tele gear with fish scales, plus (of course) skins.

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
May 7, 2010 - 02:43am PT
Chris -

Le Snow Creek Hut is marked on the USGS Quad (as "Ranger Cabin"). I could probably dig out coordinates too, but the best way to find it is to follow those trail markers (from the big meadow). Tired now, but it I think of it tomorrow, I'll post more...

. . . not !
May 7, 2010 - 03:04am PT
Apart from what we already knew (alot of snow) , these are unique photos from a rarely seen vantage point .
gonzo chemist

Crane Jackson's Fountain St. Theater
May 7, 2010 - 03:14am PT
looks like a dusting to me...


. . . not !
May 9, 2010 - 03:53am PT
Top of Yasoo . . (nice !)

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
May 9, 2010 - 04:06am PT
god i hate post holing.looked worth it though.

Social climber
May 9, 2010 - 04:18am PT
hey there say, chris... man oh man.... three in a row, and this topped off my night... yep, sure was my night...

sawtooth ridge

and: yosemite...
and these great shots FROM mt watkins, to now learn more of,
the back???? of half dome... very nice, read the title under
the pic, just now... understand better, thanks...

*----okay... got it now,
THIS IS HALF DOME, then, yes, i am learning more of this view...
i really love it.. thanks chris...

WELLLLLLL whatever... i am veryyyyyyyy happy!!!

will check out your link, chris...
to veiw... as i sign off for the night...

also saw a nice socialclimber shine-shot, too...

all for now, all, got to run...
grandkids in the morning, as they spent the night here...

god bless all...

Trad climber
June Lake, CA
May 10, 2010 - 12:01am PT


Trad climber
Mountain View
May 13, 2010 - 02:13pm PT
awesome stuff Chris....always wanted to do this one
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