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skewness

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - May 8, 2017 - 08:03pm PT
So, anyone know if the road up to 2WD camp is open/accessible yet? Iím in a 4x4 SUV with standard SUV clearance, no monster truck tires. Wondering what the stream crossings look like. How about Chiquito from the Bass Lake / Beasore side? 7S02 to Big Sleep? Thanks in advance to the peoples in the know!
nopantsben

climber
europe
May 9, 2017 - 08:35am PT
+1!
How is it to get to chiquito dome from North Fork?
Any info is appreciated. Also on what's the best option if all roads are unpassable and you decide to walk :)
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 08:41am PT
The road to Chiquito from North Fork is completely clear.

I've been up on the ridge proper since April (Black section in guide). You just drive as far as you can and hike. Bring extra socks. I haven't tried to get to High Eagle/Friend Camp yet. It's probably pretty bleak still.

Hikes are just getting shorter but, depending on which road you're on, will be 1hr to 2 hours. But, like I said, they're only getting shorter.
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
May 9, 2017 - 09:05am PT
Hey Jeremy -


How's the condition of Grizzly Road looking? Still locked?
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 09:13am PT
I would suspect the snow patch just past Cold Springs summit is still pretty big, Mooch. I don't know for sure, though I generally avoid that area (too crowded now) until summer. All the USFS gate should be open, I do not know the condition of Grizzly from Minarets Road though the road to the gate is clear (Minarets Road).
nopantsben

climber
europe
May 9, 2017 - 09:50am PT
Thank you, Jeremy Ross!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
May 9, 2017 - 09:54am PT
I generally avoid that area (too crowded now) until summer

How do you mean? Too many felled trees and such?
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 10:00am PT
You're welcome, Ben.


Mooch, I guess that was kinda vague lol. I generally avoid the beasore access areas (high eagle, etc,) until summer and just go for after work afternoons mid week. Weekends there are packed to the gills (at least by this small town kid's mind).
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
May 9, 2017 - 10:03am PT
How bad are the vampires?
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 10:05am PT
Too cold, still :)
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
May 9, 2017 - 10:16am PT
All right, I just need that to last another 12 days...


Thanks.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 10:21am PT
^^^^ I should clarify....I meant up on the ridge where there's still a lot of snow, no mosquitos yet. Lower, snow-free areas I have no idea how bad they are.
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
May 9, 2017 - 10:56am PT
Copy. I'll only be at about 7k, and a bit further south, so I'm steeling myself for "pretty bad".
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
May 9, 2017 - 12:45pm PT
Gotcha JR! Is that why I only see vapor trails from you two? The Brothers Of Obscurity! :)
randy88fj62

Trad climber
LA, CA
May 9, 2017 - 01:40pm PT
Jeremy,
I'm not up to date with the locals lingo. You mentioned Chiquito is open from North Fork.

Where is that in respect to Big Sleep?

Planning to camp there memorial day as usual with the crowds assuming it is open.

Road to Big Sleep passable with 4WD?
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
May 9, 2017 - 01:42pm PT
Hey Jeremy, are you coming to Chapman's.

Moose
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 02:08pm PT
Ha, you got it Dave... although more like Obtuse Brothers....



Randy, Chiqiuto is located on the road to you take to get to Mammoth Pool (Minarets Road). It is much lower than the ridge and is actually just next to Soda Springs campground if you're looking on a map. So essentially, if you get to Big Sleep the way most people do (Minarets Road and turn onto a dirt road near Rock Creek campground) it would just be another 15 min or so on the road. However, I was on the dirt road to Big Sleep 4/22 and the road had a few washouts before the miles of deep snow so I assume there's trees and washouts under that. So I don't know realtime conditions for that road but on 4/22 I estimated it would be a month at least. There's shorter ways to walk in, so I have been doing that but I will try to get up that way and check out the road within the next 2 weeks. Sorry, man I don't know the forest service road numbers, just know when and where to turn!

Moose,
Yes! Just got off the phone with Mark, he's going to check in either this evening or in the morning if you think of anything you need let either myself, Justin, or Mark know and we'll bring it up tomorrow evening. Plan on climbing Thursday. Tell Vitaliy to quit his job and he can join us. See you tomorrow, Moose!
randy88fj62

Trad climber
LA, CA
May 9, 2017 - 02:17pm PT
Thanks Jeremy,
I have been in both ways to Big Sleep. I'm crossing my fingers the road gets opened to big sleep via the short pavement side. Or at least the gates opened.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
May 9, 2017 - 02:30pm PT
Right on, Randy! Since you mentioned both ways...i hate to say it but the shorter version (Peckinpah Rd) is gone. Road completely washed out. I'm not confident that section is a high priority but who knows.
randy88fj62

Trad climber
LA, CA
May 9, 2017 - 02:45pm PT
Keeping my fingers crossed the pavement side would be open then. Thank you for the updated information.
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