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Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 10:26am PT
Honest 8-9 inches up here at Donner Summit, might have to suit up and ski in a little training loop!
franky

Trad climber
Ford Pickup Truck, North America
Oct 5, 2011 - 10:46am PT
Running like a son of a bitch in Bishop.... well by Bishop standards anyway.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:21am PT
At Main Lodge, Mammoth Mountain, this morning....

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Colder air getting in here now.....snowing here at the house at 7,250'.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:22am PT
the dog is saying WTF????
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:25am PT
I'm jealous.


It's 55F in Joshua Tree right now, windy with a good chance of rain. Less than ideal for biking to Yucca to run errands... I'd rather have the snow :(
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:36am PT
intellecast shows a major blob still heading for the bishop area, while up "nawth" its breaking up, getting cold..Snow level on eastside of Tahoe appears to be at 8000, 3/4 inch of rain overnight.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 5, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
Blue skies and big smiles here in the Central Valley.

DMT
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:08pm PT
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I'm not ready for this yet sorry.

Even earlier than last year. Mini ice age perhaps is nipping on our heels.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:19pm PT
YYYEEEESSSSSSS.. gonna be a good snow year, get the boards out! Thanks for the pics.. better get some woolly pj's, Cragman, so you can keep the snow off the roof in the middle of the night!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:20pm PT
f*#k.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
just in time to reap havoc for the chukar opener eh Silver!?
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
Yay! Thanks Cragman for the pix, keep 'em coming, enjoyed your thread last winter.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 5, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
great link for snow forecasting, local guy Ben Hatchett and friends put it up

http://powdiction.com/
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 5, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
Ron

Those f*#king ass eaters are about to get the full brunt of my pent up chukar anger. I just love that its rained and its going to make for some hard hunting as the birds have plenty of water now and no need to go to a main source. I look forward to the long walk.

Plug out? Check
Shells? Check
Beer? Check

2 spare tires? Check
Bacon and Smoke Gouda for chukar wrapped in Bacon? Check

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
NICE PLAN!!! Im gonna avoid the crowds and head to,,,,,,,Mason Valley LMAO!! The quail are callin me...Ive already heard of about ten guys heading for smoke creek lol!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 5, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
Headed to the Battle Mountain area for a look. Smoke Creek eeegads that is old news.

I like your quail idea. I'm looking forward to ducks in a couple of weeks. Nothing like life in a blind watching the world fly by.
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Oct 5, 2011 - 04:12pm PT
Whoo hoo.

Hey LP - thx for posting the powdiction site. stoked that it is updated.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Oct 5, 2011 - 04:42pm PT
great site for forecast, has noaa beat. I used it all last year. that and the U of WY site.

upthread sounds like Gamebird Fest comin up mmm
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 05:00pm PT
Anyone know the likely status of the Tioga Road this weekend?

Thanks.

John
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Oct 5, 2011 - 05:04pm PT
SR 120
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM THE TUOLUMNE/MONO CO LINE TO 4 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 395
(MONO CO) - DUE TO SNOW - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 2.8 MI EAST OF
THE JCT OF SR 108 TO 2.5 MI WEST OF GROVELAND (TUOLUMNE CO) FROM 0700 HRS
TO 1700 HRS WEDNESDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 10/7/11 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
 MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS OF UP TO 15 MINUTES

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 6.2 MI EAST OF GROVELAND
TO 2.5 MI WEST OF THE YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY (TUOLUMNE CO)
FROM 0700 HRS TO 1900 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY & FROM 0700 HRS TO 1500 HRS ON
FRIDAY THRU 10/7/11 - DUE TO MAINTENANCE - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS
OF UP TO 15 MINUTES

[YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK]
FOR YOSEMITE NAT'L PARK ROAD INFORMATION CALL 209-372-0200



Edit: I'm betting that with about a foot of snow between now and Thursday, it won't re-open in time for the weekend, even though temps get into the 50s by Saturday. But who knows...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 05:05pm PT
Silver, just drive up Lewis canyon all the way early, ive shot three species out of that one.. Huns, chucks, quail.. If you see the EX,,, feel free to give her four in the head and one in the ass for me lol!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
Just got back from a run over to Mammoth with Flanders. About 5 inches of glop in town....the peaks all dusted GLORIOUSLY!

Took this shot when we came home about 20 minutes ago.....nature's photoshop!

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
bet those ASPEN are cryin right now!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:23pm PT
Next wave just hit, and it is absolutely PUKING SNOW right now!!!!
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
Damn! Any chance the 120 will be driveable by Friday?!

I really wanted to get to the valley to do a wall...
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
Yosemite just posted this on facebook!!!



(yes, Tioga road is closed, but it is supposed to reopen)
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:28pm PT
!!WOW!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:39pm PT
In regards to the Tioga Road re-opening...it will, but probably not by Friday. :(

Saturday morning is a possibility.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 5, 2011 - 06:43pm PT
Ice climbing the Water Cracks!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 5, 2011 - 07:31pm PT
Gas? Check. Four Wheel Drive? Check. BIG ASS CHAIN SAW? CHECK!!!!!






































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crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Oct 5, 2011 - 07:59pm PT
Glad we were up Bishop Creek Canyon last weekend to see the aspens - this probably is the end of those (at 9000 ft. anyway). Was thinking the color was earlier than last year too. This snow as well!

Just clearing up now down here in L.A. Maybe we'll have an early season Santa Ana this weekend, then it'll feel like Fall.
Brian

climber
California
Oct 5, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
Thanks for the updates Dean!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:12pm PT
Beraetta...check....goretex , plaid jammies....check...lift off...!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:27pm PT
Is "WX conditions" some sort of cross-country skier jargon for "what wax should I use?". If so, I suggest purple klister.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:32pm PT
If so, I suggest purple klister.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm. . . doubt it!

:-)
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 5, 2011 - 11:37pm PT
try blue/green mixed in a pot over a Svea. Applied with a brush. Carry a can of purple and a tube of silver just in case.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Oct 6, 2011 - 01:19am PT
It is snowing here at 4000 feet on the west side.

Wawona

T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 6, 2011 - 02:02am PT
It wouldn't be beyond Mammoth Mountain to take advantage of a storm like this, to get press for the earliest ski area opening.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 6, 2011 - 09:32am PT
^Sounds like good business sense to me.




30F here this morning...off and on snow showers....light winds with occassional gusts.
klinefelter

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 6, 2011 - 12:06pm PT
This morning's web cam from Round Valley.
This morning's web cam from Round Valley.
Credit: klinefelter
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 6, 2011 - 05:52pm PT
Probably a foot of snow at the most on top of Mt. Rose hwy this morning.

So question for you all out there. As I understand it a glacier is a mass of snow and ice that starts when a large amount of snow and ice does not melt from the previous winter. This is the first year I can remember that the snow did not melt completly off of Mt. Rose. I know as well many other areas in the Sierra it did not melt as well.

So are we starting a new Ice Age here. Many science people say the sun has the least amount of sun spots in the last few years sice the mid 1800's. They say the last time this happend a small ice age happend. Anyone think the huge earth quakes over the last few years have change our axis or created a small wobble that has resulted in what I consider two of the biggest winters I have seen in this area. It snowed this week 4 months after our last snow. 8 months of winter is not something I find appealing.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Oct 6, 2011 - 05:55pm PT
Silver all I can do is hope so.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Oct 6, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
8 months of winter is not something I find appealing
forecast 80 in Bishop, 95 in Riverside, 89 in San Jose, 83 at Castle Rock by next Wednesday. I'm worried more about Santa Anas and a hot end of October. At least my firewood will get a chance to dry out.
QITNL

climber
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
Thanks everyone for the updates.

What looks like the last band of precip is passing through the bay area as I type. Coming down pretty heavy at the moment.

Silver, I'm no expert but a few friends and I have been talking about that. Many of the Sierra glaciers/semi-permanent snowfields have made it through the summer relatively intact. With the new snow arriving on top of what's left, they should be even beefier next year. Neat. I don't think I'd call it an Ice Age yet, but a nice couple of years without drought.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
QITNL

I have a BS in Geography and some twenty years out of school I can remember small bits and pieces of classes that we discussed this stuff. I think we are on the front edge of a climate change here. Will it last? Who knows, but my passion for geography and weather have me thinking this may be a change we as people living in this area of the world have never seen or expected to happen. I have lived in this area 40 years plus and I can recall almost every major winter from 71 to present. This summer was by far the most moderate summer I have ever had in Reno/Tahoe. I can not tell you a single day of 100 degree weather and as far as 90 degree days we had plenty but they seemed come later and we had more low 90's than high 90's it seemed.

I suppose I could go and do the history for the last 4 months and over 10 years but I am just happy to see water in our lakes and a river flowing through our town.

Funny side note our local water authority is thinking of raising rates because we did not use enough water this summer and they did not make enough money. How wack is that?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:28pm PT
Definitely the most moderate Central Valley summer in my 25 years here. We didn't have a single >99 day in AUGUST! (Sept was hotter, lol)

DMT
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
Silver,

I recall 4-6 years like this, where snowfields lingered into the beginning of the next winter. Including '69, just before your first obs in '71. None of them lasted more than 2-3 years. Used to be pretty tuned into that from living up in the Palisades every summer.

I too am a bit surprised that it snowed so much so early this fall, after snowing so much so late last spring. I just read prediction of a second La Nina season, though probably not as big as last year.

Wax up the snow shovel!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 6, 2011 - 06:48pm PT
Doug thanks for the FYI. I'm not as old as some of you only being in my mid 40's but weather has always been a passion of mine. I wrote the weather history for Tonopah Nevada for the state climate office. My grand mother was from Tonopah so it was fun for me to collect the data for all the years and see what she lived through in those days.

I know I promised you a Summit with you in it and I apologize. The great flood of my basement destroyed my collection and your issue was not spared. Sorry for not getting it out to you when I had the chance.

Silver
QITNL

climber
Oct 6, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
Silver - "I am just happy to see water in our lakes" - me, too. No argument here. After a few lean years, I have a new appreciation of our watersheds.

But I guess I could handle tossing some Al Gore into the discussion if it gets us to the top of the page for a few more pictures & reports.

Credit: QITNL

Woot!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 6, 2011 - 10:01pm PT
PLEASE!!!!! No Al Gore discussion here.

I intend this thread to be an information source about current conditions that players can check in on for the best info available.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Oct 6, 2011 - 10:04pm PT
It's windy as all hell in Lone Pine, raining off and on with some pretty macho clouds rolling through the mountains... Film festival goers are falling and breaking their hips left and right
QITNL

climber
Oct 6, 2011 - 11:52pm PT
Yeah, but when Al Gore speaks, people listen. Otherwise you become page two news real fast.

Anyway just another noob troll as to what's going on up there, best guess as to when the roads will re-open, pretty pictures, boring stuff.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:46am PT
I got an email from Al Gore, ohhh, I mean~ Mammoth Mountain, one of their dump alerts that is! and opening day is in a month. Get out the rock skis unless it keeps on a snowin'!




WX in Long Beach yesterday, unreal, was like a hurricane here, windy and just dumped rain non-stop all day.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Lone Pine looks like it will be perfect for the weekend and a little A Hills cragging. Looks like the Stoney Point crowd will be rolling in en masse.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Happy Boulders
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:59am PT
Some dude from JPL predicted a La Nina for last winter, and LA got about 20" of rain for the season(above normal). they interviewed him again tonight, and he said the same thing about the coming winter. we shall see.
I also have a degree in geography. I remember one of my profs saying that you can't predict weather accurately for more than three days.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:40pm PT
10b4me yer right its basic witchcraft after 3 days.

Who in the hell is Al Gore?


Oh thats right he invented the internet and was Micheal Moore's lover right?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 7, 2011 - 12:43pm PT
We had 3" of snow fall late yesterday afternoon, and this morning's low was 19F.

Absolutely stunning here this morning, with bluebird skies. Sun will make short work of the snow in a few hours.

EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Oct 7, 2011 - 01:52pm PT
thanks for the update!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 7, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
Yeah, snow is melting so rapidly off the trees here, it almost looks like rain!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 7, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
The three month forecast, from Environment Canada:
http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/saisons/image_e.html?img=sfe1t_s
QITNL

climber
Oct 7, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
Reported at yosemitenews.info:

SR89, SR4, and SR108 have all opened again without controls. There is apparently a rock slide east of Tioga Pass that may keep that road closed a few days.

Update:

Just called the park and they report Tioga Road as open. Caltrans is still claiming 120 to be closed on the east side.

We now return you to your standard programming.
PopLockeAndDropIt

Trad climber
Dirty South
Oct 7, 2011 - 07:01pm PT
Tioga Road and other passes open...

I LIKE~!

I LIKE
I LIKE
Credit: PopLockeAndDropIt
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 7, 2011 - 09:05pm PT
First snow this year is disappearing fast. After a low of 19F, we got up to 60F today.

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We now return to your regularly scheduled season.....FALL!
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Oct 7, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
Wolf Creek, CO received 36" of snow Wed.-Thurs. and is planning to open for the weekend . . . first chairs of the CO ski season. They are only going to charge $33.00 for a day pass.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Oct 8, 2011 - 12:13am PT
Sending temps at the Buttermilks tonight.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 8, 2011 - 09:40am PT
^Buttermilk.....just sayin'.


Gonna be another stunner here today. Low of 28F and looks like we will be into the mid to upper 60's today. SWEET!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Oct 8, 2011 - 11:27am PT
Dean I hope your fishing some. I bet they are gorging for the long winter.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 8, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
Silver, I haven't dropped a single line.

When I have spare time, I go climbing. :)

The bite IS on though!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 9, 2011 - 11:09am PT
Low of 29F on a complete bluebird day!

Gonna be another stunner!

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 10, 2011 - 09:13am PT
Yesterday was SO perfect here on the east side...a slight breeze and 71F. Today looks like it will be even better. Low this morning is 35F...definitely warming up!

I have to go to So Cal later this week, and I hear it will be 100F down there. Wow, what a contrast!

Indian summer is here....it has my permission to stick around til Thanksgiving.
Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Oct 10, 2011 - 10:45am PT



Good morning Dean ,

The weather here on the Eastside has been stellar and it looks like this will be a fine week.

There seems to be a lot of interest in the weather here and I wanted to encourage you to keep up the reporting from your base.

I think it can turn into something similar to the ELCAP report.

Not so detailed as say Howards weather but your own personal take.

Thanks. Ive enjoyed it.

"Now back to your regular Indian summer schedule" - borrowed from Deans fall comment (funny)
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 10, 2011 - 12:16pm PT
Crowley Lake webcam http://www.thetroutfly.com/test1.jpg
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 10, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
Gonna have to amend the report a bit....some little system moving through here presently, bringing clouds and cooler temps. Looks like a fast mover, however, so things should be improving by tomorrow.

Pretty spectacular lenticulars hovering over the 3rd Pillar this morning. Shoulda had my camera with me. :(

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 10, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
Presently off and on rain showers...since mid-afternoon. 55F
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 11, 2011 - 09:39pm PT
Today......STUNNING! 69F on the lake this afternoon. Somehow, I got through it.

Tomorrow...more of the same.

By the way, this morning's low was only 45F.
John Moosie

climber
Beautiful California
Oct 11, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
It was a beautiful day here in Wawona too. I sure love Indian summer weather.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 13, 2011 - 10:22pm PT
Another stunner today....75F and absolutely perfect!

Colors are looking REAL nice here in June Lake!

Off to LA tomorrow....delivering the eulogy at a friend's memorial on Saturday. :(

Looks like the weekend will be ok here...a little cooler, but otherwise alright. GET OUT THERE!

QITNL

climber
Oct 13, 2011 - 10:58pm PT
Thanks for the reports, Cragman. Have a safe journey to lala land.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 14, 2011 - 09:01am PT
Thanks QITNL, I plan on it!


39F here this morning. The weekend should be a bit cooler from what we have been experiencing this week, however, still absolutely stellar!

The colors are REALLY coming in now, so if you get the chance, c'mon up!

Off to the marina for half a day, then down to LA, where I feel much like a fish out of water.

More updates next Monday....right now next week is looking pretty good, with a little chance of showers around Tuesday. Colors should be peaking next week!!!!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 14, 2011 - 10:12am PT
Ah California, gotta love it. Cause if you don't love it? You'll hate it!

DMT
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 14, 2011 - 10:30am PT
If you love idaho , you'll hate Kalifornia and all them circumsised pricks...RJ
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 17, 2011 - 09:43am PT
Back from LA....colors are GOING OFF!

Gorgeous out there! Low of 36F this morning. Another perfect week in store. Get out there and CLIMB!!!!!

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:28am PT
The colors have peaked in most places here on the east side, and are on the wane.

Colder conditions have begun moving in, with the true feeling of fall, as opposed to all the Indian summer days that have prevailed as of late.

This morning's low is 22F, and it will likely not make it out of the 50's today.

No weather in the forecast for quite a spell, but the cooler conditions will prevail.


FYI...I will be closing Gull Lake Marina on Sunday, October 30th.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 26, 2011 - 09:56pm PT
Barely hit 50F today.

I'm betting on a low tomorrow in the low teens.....brrrr.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:14pm PT
Have you been out scoping ice?

There last year's snow, then there is the snow from earlier this month, and very soon the temps will go cold and stay cold.

I saw some interesting stuff up your way, not at June, but off the loop.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:26pm PT
western slope didnt get that color.

i did a quick run up 108 this weekend, and the aspens didnt do much of a show. presumably it was the early wet/heavy snow.

but it's ok, because we had an absolutely spectacular flower/greenery/snow season thru the summer.

sorry to see my many summertime projects go back under the snow, but really sorry to see the veggies go away. cool, wet summer meant that we had a suck ass season for tomatoes and chiles. the walnut folks were sweating it, because that storm hit just about the time we needed to get walnuts in and the fields were too soft for the machines.

bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:33pm PT
Saw on a jog tonight that there is ice in The Cross on Tallac. I didn't have a scope, but it looked like it would be a fun ice/mixed romp for at least two pitches. Anyone want to check it out? Tomorrow morning is probably as good as it will get (this week).
There is still a snow patch above it, that and the snow a week or two ago is what is feeding it I believe.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Oct 27, 2011 - 10:02am PT
Tom, no I have not been out scoping any ice. Once I get the marina closed up next week, I'll be quite a bit more freed up.

Not as cold as I thought it would be this morning, thank goodness. Actually looks like a carbon copy of yesterday. Presently 21F with high's today around 50F at best.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 4, 2011 - 10:56am PT
Snow moved in here late last night, dropping 3 inches by this morning.

A low of 24F this morning, with partly cloudy skies and flurries. It will likely not got get out of the low 30's today.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Nov 4, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
hoping for another stellar ice season!
fourth 70m pitch
fourth 70m pitch
Credit: Stewart Johnson
scotty on electric avenue.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 4, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
Presently snowing moderately and BLOODY COLD!!!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 5, 2011 - 05:43pm PT
After a particularly chilly low of 11F, we have reached 36F this afternoon, with partly cloudy skies and off and on snow showers.

Looks like some decent snow coming in this evening...perhaps 10". Just chained up the worm, and slapped the brand new blower on that baby.....of course, that probably cursed it, and it won't snow a flake now.

Was with Flanders for a bit today....we are going to do an ice recon tomorrow. YES!!!!!!

Don't forget....thin is IN!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 5, 2011 - 05:47pm PT
ice recon,
Yeah yeah. Make us all envious. For me it's an expedition to get TO the ice recon.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 5, 2011 - 05:48pm PT
Sorry to hear that High Traverse....We'll be thinking about you on the WALK from the house to the ice!

:)
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 5, 2011 - 06:38pm PT
Overcast most of the day here in Bishop, but otherwise a good day to get outside to the boulders.

Cold for early November too. I like to save wood until the middle of the month to make sure I have enough for the long haul.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 5, 2011 - 06:39pm PT
Dean
you're sadistic!
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 5, 2011 - 06:45pm PT
flaunting your blessings
on the internet is a sure sign
of emotional weakness.

im not one to point crooked fingers,
for i too prop my personal regard up,
here on supertopo.

i also tear myself down
and beat the shite outta myself,
flauting humility and my steadfast shame.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 5, 2011 - 07:02pm PT
High Traverse....when you are ready to make the journey, the door to my bivy is open to you and yours.

Weeg, no flaunting here. I know I am fortunate to be where I am, for however much longer. My offer stands to any wanting to take advantage of where I live......the door is open.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 5, 2011 - 07:09pm PT
awe,
when you boast about walkin out your right-swinging door
and tap-dancing to the nearest terrifying drip,

i sink into jealousy 'bout havin to
seatbelt into my combustion machine
and drive farr farr to ice that
only melts at my wishy pick.

just playin, outloud.
i guess. im back on the sauce
and my relaxed vision is
complementary to my state.

im positive that you have
earned all the blessings that have befallen you.

despite your accrediting them to higher powers.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 5, 2011 - 07:12pm PT
Weeg, I hope one day you might point that trusty combustion steed of yours this way....would be a treat to share a cord with you.

Cheers,
DR
Gene

climber
Nov 5, 2011 - 07:24pm PT
If I were King, Id have Norwegian move into Andy Rooneys chair at 60 Minutes. The lad is a curmudgeon of sorts, but tolerant of others. Hes lyrical, sometimes mystical, and always honest. Hes entertaining and, uhhh, has a certain way with words.

g

F10

Trad climber
e350 / Bishop
Nov 5, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Nice day in the Gorge
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 5, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
Incoming!

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Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Nov 5, 2011 - 08:25pm PT
Crag Master
I sent some noobs up Baby Morrison tomorrow
Hope they have a good time!!
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 5, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
thank you Gene
i accept your compliment
but my journey is not to sit
on a public and shining throne
going slowly insane
'neath the world's eye.

i chose my path upon insanity to
be one of semi-obscurity.

none offense intended to the community here,
ever.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 6, 2011 - 07:59am PT
Early morning and just flurries.....see, getting the loader ready cursed this storm!

Presently 23F and calm.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 6, 2011 - 08:33pm PT
Mammoth Mountain at 10 a.m. this morning.

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rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Nov 6, 2011 - 08:50pm PT
Dean..Thanks for the weather updates..Had no idea it was winter like on the Mountain...RJ
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 6, 2011 - 09:49pm PT
Did you get some turns in?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 18, 2011 - 04:49am PT
Presently HOWLING like a big dog out there!!!

Wind at 30mph with gusts above 50.....45F.

Rain and snow showers in the forecast later today and tomorrow. Gonna be a brisk weekend on the east side.
QITNL

climber
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:45am PT
Cold but just a little comb-over is coming. So far dry compared to last year.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:24am PT
Blowing at 40 to 60 here in Reno and there is a huge fire burning on the west side of town.

Apparently it has consumed 6 homes and is heading south towards Arrow Creek.

Bummer I thought we were going t make it all year with out a major blaze close to town or in this case in town.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:26am PT
Sorry to hear that Aaron...I'm watching it on the news....looks REAL bad!

Hope they get it under control soon...and that no one is injured.

Wind has really picked up here too.....glad I am indoors today!


EDIT: Fire origin....Downed powerline???
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 18, 2011 - 07:03pm PT
Winds have been brutal today...finally starting to calm down a bit.
F10

Trad climber
e350 / Bishop
Nov 18, 2011 - 07:29pm PT
Per Cal Trans

395
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM INDEPENDENCE TO THE JCT OF SR 168 /IN BIG PINE/ (INYO CO)
 DUE TO A DUST STORM - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

Might want to check the following link for current info

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
Freezing in Vancouver, plus we had 5 - 6 cm of wet snow last night. We're supposed to have a few cool, sunny days, then it'll warm up a bit and we'll probably get some snow before it changes to rain. A bit early for such conditions, though it's nothing unusual.

Longer range forecasts still insist we'll have a cold, snowy winter, and a friend who does that sort of modelling says they're probably right.
Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Nov 18, 2011 - 09:33pm PT
I'm sending some noobs up baby morrison this Sunday

Looks Like Good POw
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 19, 2011 - 07:53am PT
No snow fell overnight here. Presently 34F and clear.

Closing Tioga was TOTALLY premature.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 20, 2011 - 09:24am PT
A light snow moved in early this morning.

Presently 26F with light winds and a light snow falling. Forecasts of 2 to 4 inches of snow expected, clearing this evening.

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ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:08am PT
Trout in that pond Dean? I'm gonna need a trip to the Upper, upper Owens, hopefully before it gets snowed in.
Peace
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:09am PT
Yeah Ron....about 45 Alpers in there...3 to 4 pounders.

Poachers beware!

:-)
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:32am PT
Ron...Bring your fly rod and chainsaw...Trout and xmas trees..I'll call you when cragman leaves...RJ
Dr. F.

climber
Retired Climber, SoCal
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Cragman
Keep me posted to when I should the noobs up
Make sure its extra high avalanche danger
They need the challenge of a high death risk
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:45am PT
Dean, do you have problems with animals poaching your fish? Or is the pond protected in some way?

Maybe Craig's friends could try your security perimeter.
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:03pm PT
Yippeee! 8" of snow on the deck this morning, still coming down hard, 7-8" yesterday. I skied in a nice training track yesterday, but today there should be grooming for the youth teams over at Auburn Ski Club, time to get the nordic on! Bigger storm forecast for Thanksgiving day, so you alpine or BC folks should be getting out soon.

Peter
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 20, 2011 - 12:06pm PT
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BRING IT!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 20, 2011 - 03:31pm PT
Anders, never have had a problem with animals in the pond....thanks to Cush, my 98 pound Labrador. In his mind, those fish are HIS!

RJ, c'mon up and try your luck.....I'd love to make ya dance with the M4.

:-)
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Nov 20, 2011 - 03:36pm PT
Cragman...6 inches of pow in sin city here...I'll bring my fly rod and bullet- proof bear suit in case you are in one of your 4-head 1-ass moods.....RJ
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 20, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Yeah RJ, I just drove home from Mammoth....395 was littered with carnage...so many knuckleheads not knowing how to drive in the conditions.

About 4 inches here in June Lake and still snowing lightly.

No need to wear your suit....I'm pretty good with that thing.....you'll be dancin'!

:-)
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 20, 2011 - 03:45pm PT
No snow currently on the Owens Valley floor. It's a tablelands bouldering day for sure though.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 20, 2011 - 05:33pm PT
I can see the table lands from my house. It looks like light rain there now.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 20, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
Would never poach, but a bottle of GUD red on the patio watching the trout rise would be cool. Love skiing or snowshoeing the Upper in the winter, when not a soul is around. Nymphing deep pools is the way to go.
Peace
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 20, 2011 - 10:46pm PT
You bring the red, Ron, I'll supply the warm fire and the trout.

And don't forget to bring your bride!

:-)
Reggaemylitis

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 20, 2011 - 10:55pm PT
Disappointing first few storms in South Lake! Staying West and North of us! Boo!
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 20, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
Yes, rain.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2011 - 07:13am PT
We're into ice growing weather now! Storm moved out last evening and the mercury plummeted.

Presently 10F at 4 a.m. and perfectly calm.

Ice, ice, baby!
em kn0t

Trad climber
isle of wyde
Nov 21, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
What's snow coverage at June? Wanna stomp the trail up to Horsetail?

let's go climbing
srathbun

Social climber
Redding
Nov 21, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Yo Cragman, how's roadside/horsetail looking?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2011 - 08:00pm PT
Roadside has yet to grow, though should not be too long now. The wall was plastered with the new snow, most of which came down today.

Horestail is growing some nice ice, however, the forecast is not favorable.

Looks like we will have a small system move through here on Thanksgiving Day, then high pressure begins to build back in.

Flanders and I will likely get out on Thanksgiving Day...probably up to Lee Vining Canyon. We'll update....

June Mountain received 4 to 6 inches of new......a good start. Mammoth received 10 to 15 inches, and is now sporting about a 30" base with 5 chairs running, and snow being made every night.

Should be a single digit night tonight. :-)

EDIT: Em, whenever you want to get out, give me a buzz.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 21, 2011 - 09:57pm PT
Sounds GUD Dean, but he bride won't do 10 degrees.....she's got more brains than I do, but would like to make it up there soon....the red's on me.
Peace
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2011 - 10:31pm PT
Ron, your bride can hang with Leah.....do girl stuff.....free up us whack jobs for some swinging of the tools.

We can all share the red.......if you and I live through the climbing. :-)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 23, 2011 - 07:21am PT
Next wave of weather is on the way, with increasing winds here since last evening.

With the wind, temps are back up...presently 45F at 4 a.m. with gusty winds to 20 mph and clear skies.
Fish Finder

Social climber
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Nov 23, 2011 - 08:55am PT



Thanks Dean !
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 24, 2011 - 08:17am PT
Clear and breezy at 5 a.m., with a temperature of 38F.

Looks to be a great day to get out here on the east side...Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 25, 2011 - 10:50am PT
Flat calm this morning, with clear skies and a low of 23F.

Gonna be REALLY nice out there for the rest of this holiday weekend!
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Nov 30, 2011 - 11:38am PT
Supposed to get pretty windy today - I've heard 80+ mph in the "mountains" from radio reports.

I wonder what we'll see out on the eastside this evening...

There was a windstorm a year or two ago around the Olancha area that was flipping semi trucks and ripping trailer-park home roofs off... Sh!t can get wild out here!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Nov 30, 2011 - 11:48am PT
he bride


Awesome typo.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
Unbelieveably quick temperature drop today! Went from 50F to 30F in less than an hour...MID-DAY!

We are moving into some serious ice growing weather over the course of the rest of this week, with low's in the single digits and highs in the 20's to low 30's.

Sharpen those tools!!!!!!

:-)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2011 - 08:34am PT
The operative word this morning is...BRUTAL!

Temp at 5 a.m. is 18F....with the wind gusting to 40 m.p.h.....which puts the wind chill at -2F.

Better layer up today.....and protect the skin boys and girls!!!!!

Expect high's in the low 20's today.
rlf

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Dec 1, 2011 - 08:54am PT
Is snow predicted for you guys? I would imagine with those temps it's probable.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2011 - 08:56am PT
rlf, a light snow is falling presently, but there really isn't much of anything in the forecast.

The ice is gonna get FAT this week though!!!!!!!!
dave

climber
Earth
Dec 1, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
wind about a million and half here in Paradise. Good thing the tree fell on my neighbors house last wind storm cause now there's not one to fall today.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Dec 1, 2011 - 12:53pm PT
Yesterday, riding the town bike, actually had to walk it briefly while going into the wind.
wildone

climber
Troy, MT
Dec 1, 2011 - 01:07pm PT
Here in Kodiak, on the eastside of the Aleutian chain, I've been pinned down with weather for 5 days. Our chopper can't fly, our Pisten Bully and snowmachines can't make it the 14 miles to the emergency repair we have to do on the dam, so we're just hanging out.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2011 - 10:01am PT
Brutal day yesterday......high of 24F and howling winds. Mammoth Mountain recorded a 152 m.p.h. gust. Wind chill kept things slightly below zero.

This morning's low is 9F with bluebird skies...look out for wind coming as the day wears on though...and PROTECT YOUR SKIN!

We were without power here in June Lake yesterday for nearly 12 hours....a transformer out on Conway Summit. Had Flanders over last night for a true candelit dinner with my family.....that dude has a hard enough time seeing when the lights are on!

:-)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
Ended up a pretty nice day here today, after the clouds went away.

Got into the mid 30's, and more of the same for the weekend.

Nights are cold, and the ice is growing exponentially!!!! I'll get some pics up this weekend!

Here's a shot while making turns on Mammoth Mountain today....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 3, 2011 - 07:31am PT
Present temp at 4:40 a.m. is 9F with a flat calm.

Today looks like a carbon copy of yesterday.

Local ice is REALLY forming up nicely. Edison has the flow rate on Horsetail at quite a high CFS presently, so there is some interesting build-up from the spray off to the sides of the normal ice area. I'll get some pics up here by tomorrow, as I am out the door right now to Reno for the day.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 5, 2011 - 07:10am PT
Temp at 4 a.m. is 17F with zero wind.

Highs today should be in the upper 30's to low 40's.

The next ten days look to be more of the same....we need some snow!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 8, 2011 - 09:12am PT
This morning's low is 18F with no wind.

We need some SNOW!!! The forecast looks rather grim. A chance of snow showers beginning Sunday for a few days....but snow showers is not gonna cut it!

So bust out your best snow dance, tacoheads!!!!!
10b4me

Boulder climber
Happy Boulders
Dec 12, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
how's the weather?
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 12, 2011 - 03:05pm PT
Is the roadside ice coming in?
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Dec 12, 2011 - 03:13pm PT
Dean, do you think June mtn will open soon? Hope so, we have reservations for after Christmas and the plan is to ski at June!!!

Thanks, Karen
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 12, 2011 - 04:03pm PT
Can't believe it has been so dry. Mid december, and I have a choice to go to Lundy/Parker canyons!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 12, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
Bloody cold and terribly dry.....that has been the way of it lately.

Low's in the lower teens...highs in the low 30's.

June Mountain is making snow....planned opening date is the 17th.

Having some flurries presently, but nothing measurable. The forecast does not look good either. :(

Both the vertical and horizontal ice are doing well, though Roadside is non-existant as there is no snow for melt and run-off.

Do your snow dance.....we need it bad!!!!!!!!!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Dec 12, 2011 - 10:05pm PT
Well, it was pretty cold bouldering in the meadows today. Pretty, though.

Probably latest in the year ive ever crossed on 120

Happies tomorrow
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Dec 12, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
Thanks for the info Dean. I had no idea that June made snow so that is good news. Wanting so badly for decent conditions, this ski trip will be the first time ski experience for my daughter's boyfriend along with the fact that its been five years since skiing with my daughter!

Maddening, it is snowing like crazy down here but I refuse to ski locally, too many psycho snowboarders-gaper types-dangerous!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 13, 2011 - 05:52am PT
Karen....love to connect with you all while you are here...shoot me a note when you arrive, or connect with my son Paden on the mountain....he's in the rental shop.

I'll be doing nothing but climbing ice between Christmas Eve and around the 5th of January.

Cheers,
DR
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 14, 2011 - 08:18am PT
Low at 5 a.m. today is 9F. Should get to the low to mid-30's today.

The only snow seen around these parts lately is the flakes coming out of the guns! :(
pyrosis

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 12:54am PT
Cold and clear, cold and clear, as far as the eye can see... *sigh*
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 15, 2011 - 01:54am PT
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 18, 2011 - 10:23am PT
On goes the cold, dry conditions....

This morning's low is 18F, with a high of near 50F expected...WOW!

A few clouds the other night made for some spectacular scenery out the greatroom windows....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 18, 2011 - 01:29pm PT
Warming up quick...pushing 40F already!
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Dec 18, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Dean, I will let you know when up there and for sure will say hello to your son!



meanwhile, getting depressed over lack of snow:(
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:42am PT
Hey, guess what??? A change today!!!!

Been cold and dry.....today it's DRY AND COLD!!!!!!!!! :-)

Presently 9F and, as I mentioned above............brutally dry! :(

At least this made me smile this morning....

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eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:44am PT
Still dry and sucky on TheMountainShasta, too.

:-(
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:51am PT
Yeah, bummer Kath....we all are hating life in the snow department, or lack thereof I should say.

We can shower the people we love with love though, eh?

:-)
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:18am PT
Brutal relentless Northeasterly winds here at Donner Summit, at least it keeps our 1.8 kilometer of well groomed track from melting! Heading to town to print my end-o-year pitch letters, then hitting the little track yet again...never have I gotten one patch of snow so wired!

Hey Kath, heading up to Shasta Feb. 3-5 to give skating clinics again, hope we can meet for a cuppa or some skiing! Assuming we will have snow by then!

Peter
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:42am PT
We can shower the people we love with love though, eh?

INDEED!

:-)

Hey Kath, heading up to Shasta Feb. 3-5 to give skating clinics again, hope we can meet for a cuppa or some skiing! Assuming we will have snow by then!

Indeed, MayOrMayNot. . . that is if I'm still here. If there's nothin' to ski on by early January, I'm shuttin' this place down and goin' home! Let's keep in touch.

xo

eK@
Kurt Ettinger

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:39am PT
I knew my early season gear tuning would jinx us. Never again!!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:34pm PT
Booked this weekend for 5 days at Sorensen's months ago.
With no bloody snow, want to do some mountaineering.

Have done Round Top west ridge, will likely do it again. Any others?
We're assuming no snow/ice so are not taking skis or technical ice tools.
Will take alpine axes and a light rope. Will probably spend one or two days cragging at Woodfords.

Any good routes in the Luther Summit/Carson Pass/Markeleeville area?
Good = interesting, summit, not too desperate.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
I knew my early season gear tuning would jinx us. Never again!!

I'm with ya. . . EIGHT pair of skis totally base prepped, tuned and hot waxed. . . leanin' up against the wall!

:-(

Phooey!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:47pm PT
We went up Parker Canyon scopin for ice and definitely saw pretty fat ice.I had never done the 4-byaneering approach into the canyon.Things learned:it's REALLY a four-by road and also I realized you can't wait to leave Bishop at 9am.We were way to lax.I'll know next time.Still had a fun day though.Cool canyon and no one around.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
HT, bring the ice tools, the cragging ice around Tahoe is good.

http://unofficialnetworks.com/thin-snow-fat-ice-tahoe-lake-tahoe-ice-climbing-report-60425/

Bring the ice skates too if you're into that. Lots of frozen lakes.

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 20, 2011 - 07:04pm PT
Tantalizing ice pics but I'm afraid it's not going to last.
Freezing level forecast 10000 feet by this weekend

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Ebbetts-Peak/forecasts/2792

AAAAACK! (to quote Calvin)
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 07:07pm PT
Well. . . here, at the hinge where the Sierra melts into the Cascades, at about 4,500 ft, it's 51F, still and PERFECTLY SUNNY!

OVER IT!

:-(

eK@
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 20, 2011 - 08:42pm PT
I can commiserate...I have over 55k in new tractor sitting still, not making a DIME!!!!!!!!

:/
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2011 - 07:47am PT
Going low this morning....presently 5F at 4:45 a.m.

And dreadfully dry.
mctwisted

Social climber
paradise
Dec 22, 2011 - 08:26am PT
dean, good day for some ice!
Vulcan

Sport climber
Dec 22, 2011 - 08:35am PT
T-Shirt weather in the Gorge.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 22, 2011 - 10:05am PT
Sorry guys, it's all my fault.

Last year I tore the roof off a friend's house, so it started raining in September.

This year I not only got all our snowmobiles up and running in October, but I think the final nail in the coffin, was that I bought a Mammoth pass.

I had dreams of powder days, and I was able to get the student discount. I'm so sorry. I shouldn't have done it. Now it will never snow.

I would go find another roof to tear off, but I'm in the middle of a flooring/trim job.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 22, 2011 - 10:48am PT
double your chances
Tear off Cragman's roof!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 22, 2011 - 10:59am PT
but I think the final nail in the coffin, was that I bought a Mammoth pass.

HohMahn!

And I thought I had it bad with two season passes for Mt Shasta (Nordic and Alpine) - together they're not even a fraction of what a Mammoth pass runs these days.



Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 22, 2011 - 11:02am PT
Have done Round Top west ridge, will likely do it again. Any others?

High Traverse, East Ridge of Round Top is pretty nice. A lot more interesting than west ridge (IMO). Longer scramble. Just stay on the risge crest and go up, route finding is straight forward. I did it last winter. Would probably be easier without all the snow around...
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 22, 2011 - 11:06am PT
Vitaliy
I'd been thinking of the East Ridge. Have looked at it often on ski tours
3d/4th class?
Thanks for the beta!
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Dec 22, 2011 - 11:26am PT
skating on stilts
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 24, 2011 - 10:44am PT
Merry Christmas Eve!

Just another clear and cold morning over here.......presently 11F and no wind.

Gonna do a bit of farming today...
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 28, 2011 - 08:34pm PT
So, what's new? Coming back west after a snowless Vermont Christmas (okay, a dusting). Given the conditions, I think I'd like to spend a couple days on the eastside. Why not? If anybody wants to play for a day, let me know.


Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 28, 2011 - 09:04pm PT
Mid 50's here today.....and not a flake in sight.......except for in RJ's hair.

:)
JMC

climber
the swamp
Dec 31, 2011 - 09:17am PT
Tuolomne on the 29th - Drug Dome looked like it had thinned over the past week, 3 cars parked at the turnout. Stately Pleasure Dome offered fairly warm rock though.
Climbed Parker Canyon ice on the 30th, the hiking/climbing ratio is very high on that one. Dry approach the whole way in. There are two distinct ice formations with a multitude of WI3-4 routes, v-thread raps.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 3, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Fair warning to all ice enthusiasts....both vertical AND horizontal ice...

It is presently 62F here on the eastside! Overnight temps have been in the 40's lately, and the wind is REALLY warm!

PLEASE!!!!!! Be EXTREMELY cautious with all venues of ice right now!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 15, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
Windy and warm today.....

I fear this week's weather change will do very little for us here on the east side, but what it will do is open the door for more.

Here's to hoping....
onyourleft

climber
Smog Angeles
Jan 15, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Winter is on its way, have faith.
First storms this week will be wet, but warm.
Rain to 9000'
The colder ones the following week will help start the snowpack.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Jan 15, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Dean, Dropped into the LA basin tonight and it's pouring rain, go figure? Wished it equated to snow up there!

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 15, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
Glad you are getting the moisture, Karen.....our time will come.
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Jan 16, 2012 - 02:32am PT
Have all of you Eastsiders forgotten the "Miracle March" of (I forget myself!) around 1990? I got so bored, I climbed Mt. Tom end of February - about 7 hrs car-to-car.

Then, we got a whole year's precip during a single month...which made for an awesome month of powder!

I have a really bad feeling about this winter. Reminds me too much of the drought winter of like '78, when even the Scandinavians died.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 16, 2012 - 08:59am PT
Gusty winds to 20 m.p.h. with a low this morning of 27F.
pyrosis

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Jan 17, 2012 - 08:26am PT
Snow is on its way. Some models predicting 3-5' over the crest by Tuesday.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 17, 2012 - 08:39am PT
Storm of the century...You'd better bivy in the worm cragman...RJ
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 17, 2012 - 08:42am PT
Yeah, I don't think so, RJ. Looks like at this elevation it will be mostly rain.

Present conditions...clear, calm and a low of 10F.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 20, 2012 - 08:56am PT
Presently 41F, partly cloudy and calm. All we have had is rain so far, and it does not look like we will get much more than that.

Best chance for measurable snow will be tonight into tomorrow morning. Any snow we get will be cement....which is probably good.

At least the fire danger is going down.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 20, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
Presently 45F, light winds, and a light drizzle falling.
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Jan 20, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Fear not, Eastslidaz, by tomorrow snow levels will plummet!

Warm air advection (del dot T) dominates today as we sit on the eastern side of the baroclinic trough in the warm air conveyor belt side.

Credit: 213

Thermal wind is to blame for this. Mrrrggggg at least it makes the snow nice and sticky so we can ride steep icy lines with style!

viento termal
viento termal
Credit: 213

Yikes!

Warm air conveyor
Warm air conveyor
Credit: 213

Never fear, once the thermal wind commences cold air advection we are money in the bank:

Credit: 213
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 20, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
Strong winds are getting back in here now....gonna be a wild and snowy night.....FINALLY!!!!!!
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Jan 20, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Great news! Will be up there in 6 days, let's hope this storm will help June mtn.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 20, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
The downside of snow falling in the PNW is the camoflauge provided the snowbacks sneaking into the US to get free healthcare..Build the fence! .. RJ
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jan 21, 2012 - 09:36am PT
Dean what's the 411 on the wx down south. It rained hard here at least an inch of rain fell last night.

Looks like 6 inches on the ground at Northstar.

Maysho chimes in we will get the Donner summit report.

Weather reports people we need our weather reports.


Bump for weather keep the rubber side down be safe slow down and make it where your going today.

Ther is a lot of oil on the roads due to not rain or snow for so long so be careful as the oil work loose it will be very slick on the rain soaked roads.


bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jan 21, 2012 - 09:45am PT
You can get a lot of info from the CalTrans webcams....
http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/traffic/cameras/

Rained like hell until 3 AM when it changed over to snow. We've got maybe an inch on the ground now.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 10:35am PT
As bergbryce reported above, a heavy rain turned to snow just after 0300.

Presently 28F with light winds and a light snow falling. No more than 1/2 and inch on the ground.

Yeah Silver, good advice on the road sitch. Thankfully, I was in Reno on Wednesday getting new shoes put on the truck...I'm ready.

Unfortunately, the cold that I picked up on Christmas Eve has never left me, and came roaring back this week in a big way....I feel like death warmed over. If this gets to plowing depth today, it's gonna be a miserable shift. :(

But......we sure are thankful for the white stuff!!!!!!!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 11:17am PT
Front is pushing through now and we are beginning to see some clearing.
MBrown

Big Wall climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 21, 2012 - 11:27am PT
there is snow here in mammoth!? WTF? that happens?
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jan 21, 2012 - 11:31am PT
Dean hope you feel better soon looked like a large cell passed you before the temps could drop and make that raininto feet of snow.

Well some is better than none and the wife reports 3 inches in the village and 6 to 8 on top.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 11:34am PT
Thanks Aaron...me too! A month long cold....what a drag!!!!!

I suspect Mammoth got a couple of feet out of this....we got SERIOUS amounts of rain here! Our creek was raging during the night!

Looks like today will be off and on snow showers.

BTW, Aaron, I picked up a big project in South Lake as well....we'll need to talk.

Cheers,
D
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Awesome Dean!
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
snowing lightly here in Hilton crk , a angry couple of inchs so far, after copoious amounts of rain last night. I'll bet the upper elevations got hammered. Those north facing exposures with bullet-proof old snow and a few feet of the wet/heavy......hmmmmmmm.......
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Dean- that month long cold is going around, you're not the only one.

I thought I was done with it, but I spent the night with fever last night.

It's nice to finally see some weather though. Raining in Bishop this morning, with a few flakes thrown in to keep it interesting.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Ten inches at the Lodge on June Mountain.....two feet at the top!

Planning to open Chair 7 by tomorrow.

17 inches at Main Lodge on Mammoth.
sempervirens

climber
Jan 21, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
2 feet at June Mtn?!?

Squaw Valley reports 6" new this morning at 8200'. We got a whopping, soggy 1/2" at 5000' in Portola.

I'm jealous.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
June Mountain at noon today...

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Some late afternoon clearing....

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perswig

climber
Jan 21, 2012 - 07:15pm PT
^^
That's a beauty of a porch view you've got, Dean.

Dale
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 21, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
Thanks Dale....yeah, we're pretty lucky.

Door is open to anyone needing a place to lay their head...and enjoy the view.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 22, 2012 - 10:51am PT
Things are changing rapidly as the next system approaches.

This morning's low was 24F at 0600. In 50 minutes, the temperature rose to 33F with light winds and heavy overcast.

Forecasters are calling for 1 to 2 feet beginning later this evening and into tomorrow morning.

EDIT: Winds are gusting now (0800) to 25 M.P.H.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 23, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Actually got a plow day in!!!!!!

Received about a foot of snow last night and into this morning.

Now, the forecast looks like more bluebird weather for another 10 days at least!!!! Supposed to be in the mid 50's here by Thursday!

:(
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 9, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
FYI.....it hit 57F here today.

:(
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Feb 9, 2012 - 07:16pm PT
Same on TheMountainShasta!

Supposedly we've got Tahoe beat for conditions. . . but, at this rate, it ain't gwan last too much longer.

:-(

GNARLY!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 9, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
^Gnarly indeed!

The worm is lonely.....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 9, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
Went to Lee Vining Canyon yesterday to visit winter.....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 13, 2012 - 10:39am PT
About an inch of snow fell last night....presently snowing lightly, no wind, and 34F.

Snow showers all day today and into tomorrow....nothing on the horizon...:(
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 13, 2012 - 11:06am PT
3" or so here in Hilton crk and still snowing lightly. Hey we'll take it. : )
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Feb 13, 2012 - 11:11am PT
Any good ice formed in Lee Vining lately?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 13, 2012 - 11:16am PT
Lee Vining conditions are really nice right now! We've certainly seen fatter stuff, but what is there is quite nice.

Chouinard Falls is FAT and has a really cool cave in the center of the face.

Flanders and I did some spicy mixed stuff left of the Main Wall...a variation of The Fischer King....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 09:33am PT
Getting brushed by a little system presently, though it is about done.

About 2 inches of snow here at the house and coming down moderately, with a current temp of 22F.

This snow is lighter than talcum powder!


EDIT: Just over an hour later and it looks like I'm gonna get a plow day in! Really stacking up out there now! Love it!!!!
cleo

Social climber
the canyon below the Ditch!!!!
Feb 15, 2012 - 10:27am PT
It snowed in El Portal!

Ok, just a few wet piles in the shade, but it did!
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Feb 15, 2012 - 10:33am PT
Thanks for the update Dean. We will be over there this weekend. Can't wait to get on the ice.


I can believe it Cleo, it was getting cold at Arch Rock yesterday afternoon. We got about 8 inches here in Slowona.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Excellent, Jeff and Cleo! Glad to hear of the snow on that side.....starting to let up here now.....gonna be some glorious photos this morning...this stuff is SO light!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Feb 15, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
It snowed in the Bay Area!!! LOL Did anyone else see the peaks in East Bay with a dusting on it yesterday?!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 03:13pm PT
Da Worm got to turn today...for four hours!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
Badda bing badda........
























BOOM!

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 16, 2012 - 10:54am PT
Dawned clear and COLD....presently 15F.

Doug and I are heading up to Horsetail......but this warm fire sure feels good! What's wrong with us?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 24, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
FYI....it hit 60F here today.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Feb 24, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
63F on TheMountainShasta. . . you can SMELL the snow melting!

Next, I'm afraid, you'll be able to hear the lifts grinding to a haul!

:-/

Montana, here I come!
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Feb 24, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Great day at the Druids, minus the 13 cars at the trailhead

Can't say I blame them
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Feb 25, 2012 - 03:53am PT
Nice to live vicariously through this thread.


Ever been skiing here?

http://unofficialnetworks.com/40-feet-snow-5-days-lebanon-77832/

Yowza!
cheers
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 27, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
Puking here presently!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!!

It's 23F and getting colder, and we have received 7 inches of snow here at the house in the last 2 hours.

Gonna get to fire up the Worm tomorrow!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 28, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Got 8" of pure powder here at the house last night in about 2 hours! Looks like more on the way tonight/tomorrow!

Presently 25F and partly cloudy, with SEVERE winds in the forecast beginning later today.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 29, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Bumping for an update Dean.

Snowing here in Reno a little the wife is reporting 6 inches at the village and forecasting 4 to 6 feet tonight.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Feb 29, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Got 8" of pure powder here at the house last night in about 2 hours!
Dean, this is about the scariest thing you've ever posted. You getting excited about a meager 8" overnight!
Most years that would only be a dusting.

Seriously, is the tramway ice still In?
Specifically Horsetail Falls
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 29, 2012 - 08:57pm PT
Yeah, High Traverse, NO KIDDING!!!!!!!

Really BRUTAL day here today.....very high winds and blowing snow all day. Thankfully, I was working indoors in Mammoth today. Really coming down when I left there at 4:30 this afternoon.....about 4" on the ground and coming down HEAVY.

Silver, that forecast of FEET sounds rather far-fetched.

Presently 28F with winds sustained at 30mph, with gusts above 50mph and light to moderate snow.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Feb 29, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
I hope the wind doesn't blow the snow off Mammoth mtn:( nothing like having freshies only then to get blown away.

Heading up tomorrow in hopes of finding some decent stashes.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 29, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
We had about 5 cm of wet snow last night in Vancouver, which is a bit unusual this late in the winter. It's mostly melted now. Lots of lovely powder on the local mountains.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 29, 2012 - 09:49pm PT
HT, ice on Horsetail is good in the north gully, and getting better on the main face.

Roadside is still great and getting better, as is ALL the ice here and in LVC.

C'mon up!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 1, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Really quite brutal out today.

Presently 28F with winds blowing 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 75 mph, and a windchill at -2F.

Mammoth received about 10 inches of snow last night...only about an inch and a half here in June Lake.....but about 5 feet of wind!!!!!!
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Mar 1, 2012 - 03:06pm PT
dean we had 4 feet of wind with a dusting of sand.

When are you coming up to see us and pick up all the baby gear for Edwards wife she wants?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 1, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
Aaron, maybe next week...I'll keep ya posted.

Thanks, my friend,
D
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 4, 2012 - 10:42am PT
Cooling off dramatically today, with snow showers in the forecast later this morning/this afternoon. Gradual warming as the week goes on.

Presently breezy and 48F.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:24pm PT
Rain showers with wind gusting to 40 mph....barometer falling rapidly.....current temp is 47F.


EDIT: Lots of lightning and thunder now, with moderately heavy rain....1530.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Jun 4, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
39 degrees and snowing on the north shore.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 4, 2012 - 07:24pm PT
Gang, gang, the hails all here!!!!!!!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jun 4, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
35 and slush falling from the sky.
I'm all for it. The woods were so pleasant after that last little storm with all the dust knocked down. Even found a few of these gems....
Morels!
Morels!
Credit: bergbryce
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 4, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
Woohoo! First 100 degree day of the year in Choss Creek.

The Cold Front rolls in tonight with some thunderstorms and high winds along for the ride.

The forecast high tomorrow is 53 degrees.

Why do you ask? Of course I mowed the lawn today. A good 2 hr. workout with a push gas-mower!

Uptown Choss Creek with alpenglow.  Note the rock at right.  Lots of r...
Uptown Choss Creek with alpenglow. Note the rock at right. Lots of rocks in Choss Creek.
Credit: Fritz
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 4, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
A nice, consistant moderate rain has been falling now for the past hour. Temps are holding at 47F, with some lightning and thunder.

Snow level is at about 10,800'.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 4, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
The cold front with 40mph winds just hit Choss Creek.

It's a good old-fashion dust-storm now!

Dust storm now from our front window.
Dust storm now from our front window.
Credit: Fritz

Flying debris and dust storm from our window.
Flying debris and dust storm from our window.
Credit: Fritz
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 4, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
Just PUKING rain!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 5, 2012 - 10:22am PT
Rain ended by 10 last night.

After a low of 27F, it is presently 33F, with bluebird skies and light winds.

Look for gradual warming the rest of the week, with temps back to near normal by the weekend.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jun 5, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Survived last night's wind storm without any trees blowing down. Lots of storm debris to clean up. 50,000 people in S. Idaho lost their electricity during the storm.

Credit: Fritz

The photo was taken looking NW last evening through heavy smoke and dust from constant 20-30mph winds with gusts up to 59 mph. We had packed up some essentials and were ready to flee the expected firestorm.

After dark, when we couldn't see flames on our horizon, we calmed down-----quite a bit.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jun 23, 2012 - 11:02am PT
Feeling very dangerous out there.....swirling wind and VERY dry conditions make for outrageously dangerous fire conditions today, and the next few days!!!

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 13, 2012 - 08:23am PT
The dew point is VERY high this morning.....keep your eyes on the sky today if you are playing on the eastside. This will likely not be a good day for summits after 1 p.m.

And if you are climbing in Tuolumne...........bring a snorkel.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 23, 2012 - 08:55am PT
Big time thunder and lightning began at 0430, with some short-lived showers.

Looks like the monsoonal flow is in here for today....be careful out there!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 2, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
Just a heads up regarding the next 72 hours or so here on the east side.

Monsoonal moisture has been building into the area the past few days, and will begin to climax over the next 72 hours.

These systems are not the typical afternoon thundershowers. Copious amounts of rain are the norm with them, as well as very dangerous lightning.

Keep your eyes on the skies!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Really building early...it's gonna go OFF today!!!!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Aug 4, 2012 - 10:49am PT
twill be here too...
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 11:10am PT
Presently 56F and growing more ominous by the minute....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
So, the heavy, dark overcast of this morning burned off to reveal bluebird skies.....but now, the serious, low, swirling clouds are beginning to boil.....I predict about 2 p.m. it will start to go big.....

EDIT: Wind is freshening considerably...this is gonna be fun, unless you are up high somewhere....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
Wow....really building up FAST now!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
2 o'clock....really dark up towards Tuolumne.....
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Aug 4, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Yer teasing us big time Bro.

Been sneaking peeks myself of the Yos webcams watching the clouds build and swirl.

Over here on the Central Coast we got our flicker and flash show last night - light on the rain - mostly virga - but enough to give us a smell of ozone.

Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Aug 4, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
Just rained super hard, with lightning and thunder in Mammoth for about two minutes. And the music from Bluesapalooza has stopped.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 4, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
Just fired up the BBQ....which means its gonna dump!!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 5, 2012 - 12:09am PT
WOW! The skies have opened up...BIG!!!!!!!!

Awesome display of lightning, thunder and POURING RAIN going OFF right now!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 6, 2012 - 12:05am PT
Last night about 9 p.m., the sky finally opened up.....BIG! Incredible lightning and thunder, then downpour!!!! Lasted for over 2 hours here....with the power going out at about 10:30...didn't come back on til well after midnight.

Also knocked out cable, internet and cell service. Internet and cable JUST came back on 10 minutes ago....cell service is still down.

We got at least an inch of rain last night...quite the gully washer...but lightning was off the hook. Two real close calls to the house here....ground strikes within a few hundred yards....shook the place big time, and scared the living crap out of Cush.

All in all, quite the show.
John M

climber
Aug 6, 2012 - 12:55am PT
We sure could have used that rain over here. We are about to go on water rationing here in Wawona.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 6, 2012 - 12:56am PT
For an area that gets very little rain in summer, "at least an inch" in about an hour is a HUGE amount of rain for our area.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 6, 2012 - 01:10am PT
You can have it.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 6, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
At the Jolly Kone in Bridgeport last Saturday evening....

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Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Aug 6, 2012 - 09:15pm PT
That is a fantastic photo! Did you shoot that?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 6, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
Cragman...Nice photo...What is the Jolly Cone Massage...?
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Aug 7, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Great shot!

That was quite a lightening storm Saturday night.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Aug 7, 2012 - 12:31am PT
Sure was. Scared us right out of doing the 3rd Pillar of Dana. But we shall return!
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 7, 2012 - 12:38am PT
Yeah, I don't remember massages at the Jolly Cone. I thought you had to go to Hawthorne for that.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Aug 7, 2012 - 01:30am PT
My girlfriend and I were sitting in the nice travertine hot tub ( the lower one , not the muddy crowded one ) on Saturday night watching that lightning storm .

Bolts were ripping across the Sawtooth every 10-15 seconds lighting up the night . It was a fascinating and powerful storm .
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Aug 7, 2012 - 01:37am PT
great shot Dean. not sure I would want to be sitting in a hot tub though.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 12, 2012 - 04:24pm PT
Another day of storming here.....lightning, thunder, and now the rain beginning to come down in earnest.

65F presently.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Aug 12, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
That's a great shot Dean!

We were over in Markleeville that night...also got a pretty good lightning and thunder show, with rain to boot - fortunately after dinner so we could all dive for our tents. The morning mist was something, I shot this photo of the meadow after it had lifted some. When I first poked my head outside of our tent I thought we had been transported to the inside of a cloud!

Credit: crusher

Credit: crusher
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 12, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Still raining hard.....58F.

Lovely!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 13, 2012 - 03:24pm PT
Rained hard til just after dark last night.

Build-up is on again today.....looks like it's gonna go big again!!!!

Probably by 2 o'clock!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug 13, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
We got a shower last night and the thunder is already starting this afternoon.
The radar is lighting up! Gonna be an exciting afternoon.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 13, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
We just had a nice little shower but no boom boom or twinkle...This reminds me of living in Northern Idaho and power outages..The energy suppliers would pinpoint the outage via phone calls from its' customers...
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 13, 2012 - 06:07pm PT
Bishop webcam for present and future reference
Gnarly right now.
http://sierracamnetwork.com/viewcams.php?group=Bishop%20Cam
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Aug 13, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
Poppin bottles!

NRL Visible Satellite Link

monsoonal surges wheeee
monsoonal surges wheeee
Credit: 213

Does not work at night...in which case use this one:
IR for East Pacific
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 13, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
Any sense of how these patterns are playing out in the Meadows? We drove through there on Sunday night in a steady drizzle. Today, altitude acclimation hike up to the base of the North Ridge of Conness - and it started dumping at noon. Hiked out in fairly heavy rain.

Hubby and I are so keen to finally do Tenaya Peak on this trip. Are we gunna die?

Backup plan is Clark Canyon - is it drier there?
Phyl
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 13, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Pouring down here on the eastside presently....been raining off and on since 1 p.m.


EDIT: Phyl, save Tenaya Peak for another trip....too dangerous this week.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
This monsoonal flow will be with us the rest of the week.....in lesser degree beyond Wednesday.

Clark Canyon will be best in the morning...these build-ups are beginning to dump by noon to 1 o'clock.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
This is how the winter of 82-83 started..I predict a 1000 inch winter...You heard it here first...
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:46pm PT
And it may be dry...
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:00am PT
Was up in the Green Creek drainage. Quite a bit of precip. Today was no different. Had hail as far north as 108.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:44am PT
Low of 47F this morning.....clouds already hanging around.

Look for it to be a carbon copy of yesterday, where by noon, things were getting serious.

Another day to be aware........
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Skies opened up here at 2:15.....temp is dropping fast....66F and raining in buckets!!!! Lots of breeze.....off and on hail.....

Time to bail!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
Lightning going CRAZY.......Power is flickering!!!!!!!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
There is an old adage amongst us long-time Tuolumne climbers...that is, someday, someone is gonna drown on a Tuolumne route.

This....is one of those downpours.....UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!

Definitely a deadly feel to this....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
Just when I think it cannot rain any harder......HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!!!!!!!

DELUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
Starting to back off after 2 hours and 20 minutes of epic rainfall!
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Aug 14, 2012 - 07:59pm PT
Have had two pretty good squalls that dumped over an inch or so, roll through this side just under Paiute Pk/White Mountain. Another one on it's way from the south. It don't happen that often either. Great stuff.

Oh that nice wonderful wet sage smell....
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:01pm PT
Funny how localized the cells are - we climbed in Mammoth all morning and then stayed for lunch. Really only a light sprinkle there from 2 - 4. But when we got back to Lee Vining a lady was telling me it was bad at June Lake. BTW, we saw the aftermath of a horrible car accident between the rest stop and the June Lake turnoff. i hope they lived - the car was horrible.
crasic

climber
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:04pm PT
i hope they lived - the car was horrible.

Strangely enough, with new cars thats actually a good sign.

If it was a '68 olds 88 on the other hand....
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
The satellite image would not be used in teaching the concept of rain shadows.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:23pm PT
Just finished a 3 hours stint in my loader, rebuilding nearly 300 yards of road that washed out nearly 2 feet deep in places.

Talk about a gully washer!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 15, 2012 - 09:42am PT
So it turns out that our deluge yesterday was VERY localized...Mammoth just got a few sprinkles, as did Lee Vining.

Someone commented that as they drove down 395 from Lee Vining south, it looked as if the June Lake area was obliterated by falling water....I can tell you, it sure SEEMED that way....

More on the way...

Currently 46F, clear and calm.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 18, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
POURING!!!!!!!!!!

BIG TIME HAIL!!!!!!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 18, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
POST PICTURES!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 18, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Gang...Gang...the Hail's all here!!!!!!!!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#259629
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 18, 2012 - 04:52pm PT
Three trillion hailstones in the ass...

Looks like we're in for a thunderstorm here tonight, too. It's been warm and muggy.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Aug 18, 2012 - 08:34pm PT
Have any of you heard about any good alpine ice yet? Is Feather couloir in? Does anyone know?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 18, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
Still snow....give it another month.


EDIT: Still pouring here!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 19, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Once again....pouring!
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Aug 19, 2012 - 07:15pm PT
DEAN:

Prepare yourself as this is just a precursor to what is coming this Winter. You think the Winter before last was rough, stand by.

Am I ever so glad I sold my place in Crowley and bought down here at the base of the Whites.

Hey, at least the approach to LVC will be nice and straight forward. Getting there via the Poole Rd is gonna be a different story though....
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 19, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Rick, I truly hope you are correct. Years of these kinds of forecasts have me a skeptic, however...I just wait to see what happens, and deal with whatever comes.

I hope you are prophetic.....our environment is in DIRE need!
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Aug 19, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
Dean think about it.

Summer of '68, '05 and '10... lots of monsoonal TSers just as we are experiencing this past month or so.

Hell, we got over an inch yesterday in a one hour period here at the base of the Whites just south of Chalfant. I know for a fact that Hammil Valley and the Benton area have had five times that much in the past week or so.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 19, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
I'm hearing ya, Rick...I just think that predicting the weather, especially here in the eastern Sierra, is tantamount to herding cats, or nailing Jello to the wall.....
Captain...or Skully

climber
Aug 19, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
It's easier than you imply.
MUCH.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 19, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
Out ten days, perhaps, Cap'n.....months in advance, not near as easy or accurate.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Aug 19, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
No one on Earth has EVER accurately predicted ANY weather months in advance.
EVER. Nor will they, anytime soon.
Surprised there are Thunderstorms? Uh, no, not really.
It's the Season.
I'm not doggin' you Dean, I dig you. That FACTS remain.
DonC

climber
CA
Aug 19, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
When I was in graduate school I took at climatology class. The professor was very well know and he was challenged to a daily weather prediction contest by one of the other graduate students.

This was in the late 70's so their was not nearly as much satellite and other technology/data as there is today. The graduate student spent hours each day and studied all the numbers and made his daily prediction. The professor simply said, "tomorrow's weather will be the same as today".

The professor won.

It would be different today, the satellite data is incredible. However, you still can't go out too far.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2012 - 09:53am PT
Heavy rain this morning, which began at 1:30 this morning with lots of lightning and thunder.....presently 49F.....no wind.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Aug 22, 2012 - 11:17am PT
1:30 AM??!?!?!?!
ShawnInPaso

climber
Paso Robles, CA
Aug 22, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
I've begun to cobble together this web page to have a sort of 'mountain WX at a glance'. Please bear in mind the whole website is under construction, yet if you know of other webcams on the east side (or other mountain related cams) I'd be grateful to know of them.

http://www.theradioroom.net/Webcams/Webcams.html

Cheers.

PS. I am aware of the USFS cams.
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Aug 22, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
http://sierracamnetwork.com/index.php
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
The White Mountains this morning...after last night's storm.....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#260211
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Aug 22, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
This is the result of this morning pre-dawn 3 hour lighting TS onslaught. I had bolts hundreds of yards from my tent (I was at upper Humphreys just below the SW Face) and some pretty intense rockfall to go along with it. I do not know which was louder. I got there yesterday afternoon and was suppose to meet my 4 clients to do the SW Face early this morning. Obviously they never showed. I GTFOT this morning when the first hole of silence appeared after 7:30am. I am looking over there as I type and that area is getting hammered, again! And another super cell is building behind my house on the Whites. Black as can be. Obviously NWS screwed the pooch big time with this latest forecast yesterday... or lack of.



Old Flanders was on Whitney yesterday and this morning. Hope he faired better. But looks like they got hammered this morning as well according to the webcam.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 22, 2012 - 11:32pm PT
Rick, Flanders was just here at the house....he said they got pretty dumped on, but did ok.
DonC

climber
CA
Aug 22, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
I hope things settle down. I leave on a JMT hike on Saturday...
Mick K

climber
Northern Sierra
Oct 11, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
Any guesses whether hwy 120 over Tioga Pass will close later today. The wagon train is making its annual trip to the Valley.
Credit: Mick K
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Oct 11, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Credit: corniss chopper
What if the 2011-12 near zero snow year repeats?


10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 11, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
What if the 2011-12 near zero snow year repeats?

I don't know, but I've heard that some meteorologists that were predicting a wet winter have backed off that now
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Oct 11, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
Anyone who predicts a wet/dry winter without specifically mentioning the major caveats of their 'forecast' is full of the poo poo.

T-minus one.5 years until I have 'comma Ph.D' in Atmospheric Science behind my name, so DEFINITELY do not listen to me :)

In other news, the closed low spinnin offshore is bringin the goods!



Snow at 9.5K south of Pinecrest, with levels dropping the further south you go under the cold core. A good lil dusting for the high country!


GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Oct 11, 2012 - 02:34pm PT
Dry Winter Please
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Oct 11, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
Break in the clouds reveal the crest to the west of Bishop and the Whites to the north all white with at least 4-6" of white mud.

BCD

Mountain climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 11, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
Credit: BCD

Just a few minutes ago.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 11, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
Oh yeah! Beautiful shot!
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Oct 11, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
Ahhhh...Mt. Tom !!!! beautiful.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Oct 11, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
Let it snow frogs!
briham89

Big Wall climber
los gatos. ca
Oct 11, 2012 - 04:38pm PT
My plans to climb in Tuolumne this weekend might be cancelled :(
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 11, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
That's the stuff, BCD!
I'll be climbing in Moab, though....
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 11, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
It'll be in the 70's by the weekend.

This means boudlering in the daytime, no more waiting for the temps to cool.
squishy

Mountain climber
Oct 12, 2012 - 12:23am PT
did that guy just say "trust me, I am a weatherman"

HAHAHAHAHAHA
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Oct 12, 2012 - 01:15am PT
Bay Area Base Camp to East Side Base Camp, have you reached the summit? over.
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Oct 12, 2012 - 01:29am PT
BCD - Beautiful pic of this seasons first dusting of Mt. Tom. It reminded me of this gal!

"Look mom, there's snow on Mt. Tom!" ~ Jill Kinmont (RIP)
Jill Kinmont 1955 reigning National Slalom Champion on her way to the ...
Jill Kinmont 1955 reigning National Slalom Champion on her way to the '56 Winter Olympics...sigh!
Credit: splitter
2/16/36-2/9/12
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Oct 12, 2012 - 02:00am PT
Look mom, there's snow on Mt. Tom!

Quote taken from this movie (The Other Side Of The Mountain)...

The night that movie premiered in Mammoth ('75) and when she said those words, there wasn't a dry eye in the house!!

edit: hoping & praying that this winter will be a season worthy of the likes of Jill Kinmont, cuz, she would've been pleased!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Oct 12, 2012 - 02:29am PT
Lol, I got second place in a skateboarding comp at the Bishop fairgrounds like '78. I was very impressed she showed up out front beforehand. True eastside celebrity.
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 12, 2012 - 09:11am PT
So did it snow down there last night. Lots of rain on Reno. Just in time for chukar opener this weekend.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Oct 12, 2012 - 09:51am PT
Silver...It rained a little last night in Mammoth and soon it'll be raining lead and feathers in Reno...
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Oct 12, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
did that guy just say "trust me, I am a weatherman"

Quite the opposite, actually.

Forecasting can't be trusted. Unless it is for your own short-term (<24hr) weather window advantage...

18 hour forecast ground verification
18 hour forecast ground verification
Credit: 213
2011 dreamland. Shout out to Josh Hejl and Minaret Photography for the above photo.

i hit the all star game with a thang in my backpack we dont ride no tr...
i hit the all star game with a thang in my backpack we dont ride no trains we push 9-6 cadillacs
Credit: 213

Credit: 213

213 on two boards!
213 on two boards!
Credit: 213
Skiing is fun too but doesn't require much beyond the 3-2-1

Let's see some pictures of you shredding the Eastside, Squishy!
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Oct 12, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
And here's a backside turn just for kicks.
pon di slope <br/>
pon di slope

Credit: 213

Here's to a snowy season! A two or three week Juneuary is always welcome however, as long as plus 10ft come on either side.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Oct 12, 2012 - 02:12pm PT
Tioga Pass re-opened an hour ago, but it's still kinda iffy, so check if you are coming today for tonite's Hans Florine presentation.
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 20, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20121018_winteroutlook.html
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Oct 22, 2012 - 01:14pm PT
still waiting for Squisy to show us how rad he is!!!!!

East of the crest was very nice yesterday!

Credit: 213
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 22, 2012 - 02:13pm PT
still waiting for Squisy to show us how rad he is!!!!!

Squishy is super rad.
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Nov 1, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
windy and chilly here at 8100ft in Mammoth, but the sun is beating through my window. Might take the road bike for a spin to main lodge
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Nov 2, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
Dean,

I'm hoping to rope up with you on some ice this season! I picked up some ice tools and I'm all set! I would send you an e-mail, but you've blocked yourself!

Hit me up! :D
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Nov 8, 2012 - 06:43pm PT
How is it down there today? Getting nasty yet? Any snow?
John M

climber
Nov 9, 2012 - 02:01am PT
Its snowing lightly here in Wawona. Tioga and glacier point road are temporarily closed.

Good bye Indian summer. It was nice while it lasted.
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
Bump...looking for updates! :)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
Perfect timing, Paul.

Snow and rain off and on today across the county. Snow level above 8,500 feet today, dropping tonight.

Not a whole lot of accumulation expected.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
My friends still not home from B'milks.Quite sticky when I was there yesterday.Perfect sending temps!
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:34pm PT
Can't wait to see some pictures from the Eastside tomorrow morning...
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
Heading toward 2" of rain here west of Yosemite for the current system.


Not pleasant.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:33am PT
Presently 45F with blustery winds. Some rain showers in the forecast today.
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:46am PT
That is why I moved from Crowley down here Dean.... Beautiful Sunrises while ya'll are getting hammered up there.


Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:53am PT
Talk to me next July and August, Rick.

:)
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Nov 21, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Dean...

This past July and Aug were just fine.

Rode my bike every day to work and back r/t of 35 miles on 6. 100-105F around 4ish in the afternoon was just perfect for the ride home.
John M

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 02:27pm PT
Chief, that is one of my favorite views. You are very blessed to have it. I love where I live, in Wawona, but I also love that long distance view one can get on the east side. There is just something very special about it.
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Nov 21, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
You are very blessed to have it.

Give my thanks every morning for having it...trust me!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Rick, I suspect the day will come when the rigors of living at altitude will overwhelm me, and I will be ready for the lower climes.

With the views of the eastern escarpment from Bishop, it is no loss to leave the high country behind.

Good on ya!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Currently 25F, clear skies, no wind....in other words, yet another stunning day on the east side!

High's today should be in the mid-50's.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 22, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
It sucks here. Go away.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 28, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Just got home from Reno...rained most of the way down.

About 2 inches of REALLY wet snow here in June Lake....the roads are VERY slick with this GLOP!!!!

Should get better later tomorrow.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 28, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
Just snapped this during a lull....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#275979
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 28, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
The more it snows here the uglier it gets, stay home in your comfy suburb.
.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Nov 28, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
I wonder if I should answer his questions three?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 28, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Chinchen....you forget, visitors are our area's lifeblood.

Button it!
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Eat me, your spoiling my fun.

EDIT: post #420 sucka's!

10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
I'm hoping the ice starts to shape up
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
^Lee Vining Canyon is coming in nice...at least on the Chouinard.

Going in there this weekend and will post up some pics.
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Nov 28, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
not gonna run away to nice weather, no siree. no jt for me
seeing what this set of storms can offer this week over there
hoping for snow, not rain
maybe sneak in a boulder climb or two and bother chin for a chalk bag
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 29, 2012 - 09:46am PT
Blustery night, which brought temperatures back up considerably. Low this morning of 40F....gusty winds and mostly cloudy, with intermittent rain squalls on top of slush.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:00am PT
Hit me up Split! I like boulders. And beer.

10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 29, 2012 - 12:17pm PT


^Lee Vining Canyon is coming in nice...at least on the Chouinard.

Going in there this weekend and will post up some pics.

Yeah, I'd be curious on how the approach is
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 29, 2012 - 02:31pm PT
Going in there this weekend and will post up some pics.
I'd guess this weekend is going to be RIPE avalanche conditions.

Current Tioga Pass forecast for Friday.
Snow. Temperature falling to around 25 by 9am. Very windy, with a southwest wind 45 to 55 mph, with gusts as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Snow on top of water ice. Wind loaded slabs.

Saturday
Snow showers. High near 36. Very windy, with a southwest wind around 45 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sat night.
Snow. Low around 36. Very windy, with a west southwest wind around 45 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Warming with more storm force winds and heavy snow.

Be sure to take pictures!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:33am PT
A VERY heavy snow began to fall around 0200.....at dawn we had about 5 inches of mashed potatos. Presently 35F and snowing moderately. Wind out of the north at 15 mph.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:21am PT
Dean, you're getting the front that came through the Santa Cruz mtns the past 24 hours. I got 3" of rain and plenty of gale force winds.
Enjoy.
Oh......and it's a Very Warm Storm....last night was 54 degrees here at 2850 feet.....usually about 45 in a winter storm.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:30am PT
Yeah, I'm afraid we are going to see a serious warm-up by tomorrow, leading to some VERY serious flooding. This stuff coming down now is cement.

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adikted

Boulder climber
Tahooooeeeee
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:34am PT
Dumping rain at my house at 6500ft in Truckee.....rain rain rain......although i did mannage to get some dry bouldering in inbetween storms yesterday!!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Still not seein' it in Bishop.Pretty overcast but totally climbable.I would love to see a real winter down here though.Haven't skied the "frontcountry" down here for the last couple seasons.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:43am PT
Supposed to be similar to the '05 flood
That was a NASTY flood.
Get prepared and good luck.
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
Yup. rainy, nasty and 39 degrees at my house, 68 or 6900ft. Watched it rain all night at work, didnt snow for even a minute, ~6100ft.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Well, no flooding where I live! :)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:17pm PT
Mammoth Mountain has 2 feet and it's still coming down hard....14" on June Mountain.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Turned to rain here about 3 hours ago.....and it's getting REALLY ugly out there!

Flooding going on everywhere!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
SNOW LEVELS
WILL RISE ABOVE 8000 FEET SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND MAY RISE TO NEAR
10000 FEET SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY...BEFORE A COLD FRONT
PASSES THROUGH THE SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA SUNDAY. SNOW LEVELS
WILL FALL TO 6000 TO 7000 FEET BEHIND THE FRONT AND QUICKLY END
THE FLOOD THREAT ALONG SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS.

AREAS AT GREATEST RISK FOR FLOODING ARE SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS
ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 395 FROM LASSEN COUNTY SOUTH THROUGH
THE RENO...TAHOE...CARSON CITY AREA AND INTO NORTHERN MONO
COUNTY. MUD AND ROCK SLIDES ARE POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF STEEP
TERRAIN AND NEAR RECENT WILDFIRE BURN AREAS.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:30am PT
Wind blew hard all night, and is still going strong...15 mph with gusts to 50. Presently 41F and rising. Gonna be some serious flood potential here beginning later today through tomorrow.
ruppell

climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
I was gonna post this in the "When people quote wind speeds" thread but since you mentioned wind. Yesterday morning I went to get some fishing in at Pleasant Valley Reservoir. It was a little windy when I got there but not that bad. Within about an hour all hell broke loose. I was getting tuft in my teeth it was so windy. Crazy thing is the fishing was really good so I stuck it out for about two hours. On my way back up the bank I got hit by a gust that quite literally knocked my on my ass. First time I've ever been blown off my feet by wind. Now I don't wanna quote wind speed here and get people all in a huff but I'm betting over 60MPH to do that.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:10pm PT
ruppell, I've been knocked down by gusts in the 40 mph range a number of times...but then, I am pretty lame.

Yesterday's winds got pretty darn crazy...I have no doubt they were 60 or higher down your way.
ruppell

climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Crag

I'm a 155lbs and was turned sideways into the wind when that gust blew me down. Maybe we can get RGOLD to do the physics on it. I'm sure it has something to do with f=mXa and coefficient of friction and all sorts of other crap I don't understand. lol All I can say for sure is it was pretty amazing to witness.
David Plotnikoff

Mountain climber
Emerald Hills, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 04:14am PT
Cragman, I don't know exactly why, but the current storm's entries in this thread bring to mind your classic post of the epic on the Walker River and the angels from Fallon NAS. (Was it Hells Gate or?) One of the most riveting and detail rich "trip" reports to ever show up here.
Silver

Gym climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 04:23am PT
Blowing hard here in Reno. At least 50 with gusts to 80 a few have shaken the house like an earthquake. Rain is just starting and man is it windy.

Wind is an exhausting element.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 06:03am PT
Absolutely INSANE wind here on the east side....not sure the rain is even hitting the ground!!!!!



EDIT: David Plotnikoff..you are referring to my report regarding the flood of January 2, 1997, the rescue attempt of 2 people trapped by the flooded Walker River at Mountain Gate Lodge, just north of Devil's Gate, here in Mono County.

Thanks for the compliments on my report....Closest I've ever come to death.
Silver

Gym climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:00am PT
Wow it was insane here in the west side of town. We just moved to the Caughlin Ranch area and I for the life of me can't figure out why anyone would live here now that I live here.

Twice this week the house was basically blasted by 50 to 80 mph winds with gust I'm sure near 90 plus. I sleep like the dead but was up all night after the first blast hit the house at 11 pm last night.

It finally slowed around 4 am to a steady 30 and still having gusts to 50 I suspect.

Dean that was and is a great report. But it's not the closest you have been to dying. Those happen and you don't even know it so add 5 more to your list you never knew that happened and you lived.

Hope all are well we will go see the flood today and how many bad ass kyakers there really are in our town.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:04am PT
yep, the devil wind is here, scary, batten down anything you want to keep. G Davis come on over and check out some some real wind. :)
dave

climber
Earth
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Not a whisper of wind here in Paradise. Now Thursday night was brutal!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
Wind has eased here...but the rain is getting heavier by the minute!

Currently 40F.

EDIT: During the early morning hours, the wind got ahold of my barbeque and pushed it down the deck, then through the deck railing....DOH!!
dave

climber
Earth
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
I spoke too soon! I guess it just made it down the hill. Light drizzle/ spit here.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
It's gonna be on you guys soon, Dave.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:30pm PT
yep, I've seen that movie Crag, anything that lives outside is strapped /chained down!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Yeah Eastside...even the ducks on our pond look unhappy.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 01:47pm PT
Temp has come down 2 degrees in the last 20 minutes..to 38F....and it is POURING!
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
June Lake Webcam....
http://webcam.june-lake.com/
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
Thanks for the updates
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
I wonder if the Bridgeporteans are inside watching Nascar...?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:15pm PT
Beginning to change to wet snow.....

Down to 37F now...
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Still OK in Bishop.Just spoke with my buddy workin' in the Village and he says it's so bad there that direct TV is down and they can't even watch football.Dead calm in Bishop with a little sun even.Did lose a couple shingles due to wind on friday night though.Guess I better get out before it hits.Good luck and be safe all.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
36F and all snow now.....
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 03:34pm PT
SUNSHINE just shy of the 49th parallel!

WTF? O!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Definitely waning here now....ceiling is lifting....raining again...temp back up to 38F.

Should have some STUNNING views of a very snow-clad Carson Peak here shortly...will post up!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Oh...the GLORIOUS clearing!!!!!!

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klk

Trad climber
cali
Dec 2, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
that's rad
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Dec 3, 2012 - 02:23am PT
So shitty here in the winter...
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Dec 6, 2012 - 12:32am PT
Anyone care to comment on bc ski conditions on the east side?
I've got a handful of days off and plan to head south. Am wondering if I should take ski + climbing gear or not.

Sounds like many roads are still open. How high do you have to hike to reach snow?

mucho gracias
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Dec 6, 2012 - 01:46am PT
So shitty here in the winter...

Chinchen, you gotta ski.

You are so close (biking/skiing distance even) to some of best backcountry skiing terrain anywhere, depending on conditions..
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 6, 2012 - 01:58am PT
bergbryce, you should bring a bouldering pad and some skis :)

did anyone see how the ice is doing in lee vining? been kind of warm, but sort of cold enough for some ice to form right?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 6, 2012 - 10:35am PT
Lee Vining has climbable ice.....however, the approach is still less than desirable.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 11, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
Winds have been on the increase in the past few hours.....snow is forecast to begin around 0200 tomorrow.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:17am PT
Presently 32F with gusty winds. Light to moderate snow has been falling since 0400.
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Thanks Dean. How about a photo??

What's that Flanders guy up to these days?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:40am PT
Hey Jeff....Flanders went on a ramble up Carson Peak yesterday, trying to get in some better shape. He's doing ok....

Here's a shot of last night's sunset over June Lake. Enjoy!

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10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:19am PT
^^^ not frozen?
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:24am PT
Very nice Cragman, thanks for the update.
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Dec 12, 2012 - 12:17pm PT
Thanks for the update and pic, very nice
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 12, 2012 - 06:07pm PT
A steady, mostly lighter snow has been falling all day. Starting to get heavier now in intensity....very fluffy stuff! Presently 31F and falling, with light winds. Only about 2 inches of snow here though.
John M

climber
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:04pm PT
Hey Dean.. seems like lately you have upped your game on the photos. You are getting some great shots.. Thanks for sharing them.

Its snowing lightly here in Wawona.
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
Not so light out my window in Wawona John
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 12, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
Thanks, John M....a really nice, moderate snowfall coming straight down now...hoping it keeps this up!
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Dec 13, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Hey Dean how about an update and a glory shot?????
PopLockeAndDropIt

Trad climber
Dirty South
Dec 13, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
pics or it didn't happen!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
OK OK OK!!!!!!!!!!!! Here ya go....an update....and a few shots, with glory!

Low this morning wa 15F.....with 6 inches of snow falling here at the house. Cleared for a bit, then the snow showers rolled back in.

Presently 33F, no wind, and a light snow falling.

After plowing for 2 1/2 hours, I stopped at the house for coffee and shot this....

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Then plowing a few hours later, shot this moody pic from Gull Lake Marina...

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Then drove to Mammoth around 1130 and took this shot of the Mammoth Mountain herself, from 395 at Crestview....

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Town of Mammoth Lakes received about 8 inches of snow last night.

Happy now?????

:)
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
Looks nice!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
Saw a Facebook photo of someone skating on Lake Mary a couple of days ago, perfectly clear ice, light snow cover on the mountains. Guess that'll be the last of THAT nonsense till next year.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 13, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
Climbable ice coming in nicely here in June Lake...I'll post up some pics tomorrow.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 14, 2012 - 09:57am PT
We have clearly entered our cold December days....historically the coldest month here on the east side each winter.

Presently 6F and zero wind. The ice is building up FAST!
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 14, 2012 - 11:25am PT
^^^^ :-)
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:46am PT
Dean, is the approach to LVC getting better?
sharperblue

Mountain climber
oakland, california
Dec 17, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
Was up at Tahoe this weekend, spent a few hours checking the local WX areas: nada, nothing, zero zilch at Tahoe. Back to skiing :)
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 17, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
"Hey" Crag.Buddy and I were scopin' the Goon ice the other day and I think you drove up.Ice not in,went fishin' on LO. :)
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Chouinard falls 12/16/2012
Chouinard falls 12/16/2012
Credit: Vitaliy M.

Main Wall and Chouinard falls 12/16/2012
Main Wall and Chouinard falls 12/16/2012
Credit: Vitaliy M.

There were 3 lines led (1 by me) on Chouinard falls. Protection was good. Left side was very thin and not formed for the most part. Bottom part of the main wall was not thick enough to be climbed (by me at least). Approach was not as bad as I thought it would be. Not a snow trail, but doable for those who want to play on some early ice. Took us about 45 mins or so without hauling ass.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
Weather beginning to move in here....finally getting dark in the sky.

Currently 39F with gusty winds. Local forecasts are calling for 3 to 6 feet of snow in the higher elevations by Monday morning. I suspect the town of Mammoth Lakes will see at least 3 feet.
sarabina

Social climber
the other Disney in...CA
Dec 21, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Hey Dean! Been wondering when we would get an update. Raining in the valley but it is COLD on the CV side so I anticipate it changing over soon...
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 21, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Puking a fine powder for the last few hours.....gorgeous!

Currently 28F and snowing moderately.

BRING IT!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:32am PT
Been dropping a very light powder all night...until about a half hour ago...now it is coming down at about a 3" an hour rate! LOVE IT!

Presently 26F.

My office for the next few days....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:45am PT
In Mammoth yesterday.....

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Missing photo ID#279822
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 22, 2012 - 08:02am PT
11 degrees in Bishop right now.It's been cold in the AM the last week or so.5 degrees two mornings ago.That's cold for Bishop.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 08:29am PT
I'm driving to the bay right now, thanks for convincing me to go around.

I hate going that way, but on a day like today, it will be faster.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 08:35am PT
Capt., I bet you guys get some white by tomorrow morning.

Sorry I missed you the other day...you should have banged on my window. I saw you there, but was on the phone and had to run back to the house.

C'mon back up!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
18 inches since 4 a.m. and it is presently PUKING!!!!!!

Catching a few hours of break before doing the route all over again! With a loader, snow is GREEN baby!!!!

:)
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
Durp a doodle doo my damie, it is a roger dodger on the runny kine we gawt duh pow pow in R town, over.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
We have not seen a snowstorm like this in quite a long time.
franky

Trad climber
Three Rivers, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
YAAAAHOOOO! Dean, thanks for the updates, can't see the mountains down here in Bishop so I've just been speculating at the dumpage. The skiing was already amazing before this storm.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
Dean, in a few days when it clears up, can't you post some pics of the Roadside Ice, and Horsetail Falls?
thanks
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 22, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


east o carson too..
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
10b4me....I'd be happy to do that.....but with all this snow, the ice will be buried.

I just finished my second lap of all my accounts...ended up in the loader for 10 hours.....good day! Picked up an extra C note for hauling a woman's car back onto the road....and she was gorgeous to boot!!! :)

Quite an amazing storm......finally backed off a few hours ago....until the next round. All in, nearly two feet today.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:34pm PT
Tell us about your skiing adventures on Mammoth, Dean.

I think me and my dad have to settle for Killington, VT this winter. No airplane nor car rental required - we can drive.

I have your books. I had hoped to bring them to you in person. Geez.

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 23, 2012 - 07:39am PT
Pete, most of my skiing adventures on Mammoth Mountain are in the dark, in a white out, out of bounds, navigating by compass and GPS, looking for lost skiers and snowboarders.....and these stories are nearly too numerous to count.

I'll send you my mailing address for the books...thanks.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 23, 2012 - 07:58am PT
The next wave is moving in here now...we are gonna get POUNDED today!

Three feet in the forecast here today, with over 5 feet expected on Mammoth Mountain.

Presently 29F with gusty winds...snow beginning to fall.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 23, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Beginning to snow in earnest now.....here we go.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 24, 2012 - 05:12pm PT
This was really quite a nice weather event for us....good, heavy snow pack now.

Horsetail Falls is in and FAT.....however, the approach needs to be busted open, and I am not available for the rest of the week.

Roadside is ok but buried in snow.

Just finished another 8 hours in the Worm....ready for a break, if only for a short time.

EDIT: Another 1 to 2 feet in the forecast beginning tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 24, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
It's shaping up into a snow year, huh, Dean? A real one.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 24, 2012 - 05:20pm PT
Well Capt, one storm can't a year make, but it is a VERY good start...let's hope and pray it keeps it going!!!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 24, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Hey Crag,actually I'm thinkin' this storm/cold front is perfect.Haven't skied bc down here for a couple years.Good for that.Buddy and I are gonna look around here for ice.Definitely been cold enough down here.I'll always be lurkin' around there as well.Thanks for the report. :-)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:51am PT
This morning's low was 14F...presently 16F, and the next system is beginning to move into the area.

Gonna be some light stuff!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Dec 26, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Thee Bishop snow plow just came down my street.Doesn't happen too often.We got about 3".Was gonna go scope some Bishop creek ice potential,but with current avy conditions and new snow it doesn't look wise.Rock is a definite no go as well.Looks like full conditions fly-fishing it is then.Not too bummed ;-) .Only five days left on this license,better use 'em up!!
ruppell

climber
Dec 26, 2012 - 01:21pm PT
Yep snow in Bishop. Funny I'm gonna get some fishing in as well. Man I wish South Lake was still open. lol
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 26, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
We received another 8 inches last night.....low was 25F.

Presently 30F and light winds, with off and on snow showers. Sun is peeking through nicely.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 26, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
Ice conditions here are FAT! Been pretty snowy most of the day, so I will get pics tomorrow and post up.

Gonna be a REAL cold night tonight...high here today of 28F....looking at single digits tonight, with a forecasted high tomorrow of 16F.

Got the woodstove nice and hot!!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:27am PT
The cold is here as normal for December.

Presently calm, clear and -3F. High of 20F expected.

Snow showers developing in the afternoon, continuing overnight and into tomorrow.
east side underground

climber
Hilton crk,ca
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:39am PT
-5 deg F in Hilton crk this am ..... looks like another day enjoying the fluff edit : still -4 at 9;00am heard about a post control release on mmsa, still sticking to protected tree slopes.......j