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BFK

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - May 22, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Anyone have any info on Charlotte Dome conditions? Snowy? (I can only assume not).
Al_Smith

climber
San Francisco, CA
May 22, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Just spoke with a ranger via phone: 'Winter conditions' (i.e. snowline) at 9,500 feet as of Monday. Summit elevation is 10,690 ft, so expect some snow. I couldn't get any more information out of the ranger than the snowline (no add'l color was known to him at this time.)

Al_Smith

climber
San Francisco, CA
May 22, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Btw...Brian - is that you? If not Brian, my climbing partner is also planning on heading up there this weekend to climb Charlotte Dome. If he or I hear any add'l updates on conditions I'll be sure to post them here. Thx, Al
BFK

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
Hey Al,

Yep, it's Brian. Considering a trip up there for the long weekend, I hear it's fun and I could use a mellow backcountry trip. Was also thinking about the Needles too, that probably won't be so mellow...
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
May 22, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Coming in from the west I think you'll be fine all the way, including the final approach. Obviously if you take Kearsarge Pass from the east you can expect to cross a lot of snow.

Only problem might be the the descent, I've only been in the general area this season and haven't seen that path up close.

This was probably all stuff you knew, but I'm in the participating mood
BFK

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Thanks Limpingcrab, appreciate the condition beta! Snow on the descent is one thing I was wondering about. B
Speigl

climber
May 22, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
I was at Kearsarge Pass on 5/19. There was no snow. Only a few little patches here and there.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
May 22, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Crazy! I hit snow lower than that last week on the west side.

Such a dry year, poor fish...
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