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Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 21, 2011 - 02:50pm PT
Thank you for an update IV...


Anyone been up Eagle creek canyon last weekend? I was very close to driving up there for Sunday but the weather helped to keep me home (and a 4 hour drive one way)...
DS66

Mountain climber
Dislocated
Nov 26, 2011 - 09:31am PT
Pretty warm as of late in Tahoe. Anybody been down to Eagle Lakes area or the Cross on Tallac?
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Nov 26, 2011 - 10:49am PT
This seems the be the Tahoe Ice corner. There are a couple earlier photos of what may be Maggies Peak (or something similar). Do any of you have recs on this kind of mixed route in the Tahoe basin? I've always climbed single pitch ice in Tahoe.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Nov 26, 2011 - 10:51am PT
N Face of Donner Peak can form into a nice mixed climb if you time it right. I went up there before class a few years ago and ran up it just at the right time, really pleasant time scraping my tools around.
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Nov 26, 2011 - 11:02am PT
Thanks much. Now I just have to hope that my weekend corresponds with that short magical window.
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Nov 26, 2011 - 11:04am PT
No problem, keep those eyes open/glued to the Wx conditions. Snow + warm + cold - precip = worth a look. Worst case scenario go ice bouldering in the snowsheds if you do get skunked by the window not being as open as hoped.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2011 - 11:10am PT
has anyone here ever done any of the flume leaks in the truckee canyon? They can be sporty!
bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Nov 27, 2011 - 07:37am PT
Reno Ice skating get together tuesday night hahahahahahah!!!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 30, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
Eagle lake area doesn't have any ice on the walls. Sunnyside ice has some tiny premature crap. I think it will be a while before these form up. Oh yea, approach really sucks past the lake. Boulders with dusting of snow on them.
Maggie's peak did not have anything that looked close to being ice formations...

Would be interesting to hear if someone goes up cross couloir on Tallac Sunday. Could possibly be something there..maybe...
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
When and IF it gets cold enough, long enough, I wish someone would go up and do the second ascent of Franktown falls in between little valley and franktown road in washoe valley.

Credit: Ron Anderson

Its about 130 to 140 long in all and starts out steep with bulges.The top is easy bulges... Its got to be COLD for this to freeze enough to not need an aqua-suit. Ive never known squat about ice ratings really,, some were hard, others werent as hard..It would be interesting to finally get a second opinion on this hidden lil bugger. The fa was in 78 by Paul Crafton, Al Case, and myself..I think it was 3(edited as i found the fa note) below that morning. The pic on the right is afternoon conditions which had changed already!It was however at the end of a cold streak and the day had warmed in little valley above and to the south.The falls themselves are in a tight rocky canyon facing nearly dead north..A cold dank spot in the winter! Belayer life will suck at the bottom, rap from trees on the west side of the vertical drop into the bottom... BE EARLY LOL!


there, ive OFFERED IT UP-with impotent beta,,,droolllldrooooolll!! Someone go bag it!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2011 - 08:21pm PT
lows in the teens this weekend 12 3/4 at the valley floors .....
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 5, 2011 - 10:13am PT
I was in Lee Vining Friday and Sunday. Choinard falls were mostly in with some water running over ice, and some thin sections. Although not Tahoe, but still ice related.
Would love to see some recent pictures in Tahoe. Seems like things got colder, and are staying cold.
I wonder if that snow stuck to Mendel right...and if Lundy or Parker canyons would be real fun next weekend, i bet they will...some difficult decision making has to happen...
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Dec 5, 2011 - 10:21am PT
Vitaliy:

When was most recent snow? What were the subsequent winds and temperatures following that (timing is key!)?

Therein lies your answer.

Also, isn't the high country sugar snow over talus right now? I could be mistaken
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Dec 5, 2011 - 10:22am PT
Ron,

I might just be stupid enough to go up there, got directions from Reno? :) At least to check it out, ya know
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Dec 5, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Hoping to get a better look at conditions around SLT a little later this week. Lows in the single digits the next couple nights. Sounds good for makin' ice.

I'd go check out that route of Ron's some time too. Looks fun (if you hit it early enough ;-)

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
okeedokee,,,To find franktown falls,,,take old 395 (Bowers mansion ) and turn onto franktown road at the north end, then fairly soon, turn onto "old ranch rd" to the right which winds up a hill into residences Near the top of a ridge. Find somewhere to park, and hike uphill over a short ridge and drop down into franktown creek drainiage. 4th class sections get you down to the falls. Franktown creek dumps out at the intersection of old 395 and franktown road, and it is that drainiage where the falls lie, basically due west from the residents at the top of old ranch road. The creek runs down from "little valley" on its north end.


with the lack of snow melt in the valley, it could very well get in season during this cold snap as the volume of water wont be so great!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 5, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
Vitaliy:

When was most recent snow? What were the subsequent winds and temperatures following that (timing is key!)?

Therein lies your answer.

Also, isn't the high country sugar snow over talus right now? I could be mistaken

Most recent snow was some time ago with about 2 ft or so, but as I remember it was cold and windy during that storm so maybe it didn't stick to the actual steep ice (that was in that couloir)...

There is no answer till someone goes to see it really...

Yes sugar snow over talus pretty much (varied by elevations and sunny/shady sections of course).
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Dec 5, 2011 - 01:34pm PT
V:

Another thing with the Mendel Couloirs is that often times it is the accumulation of snow at the top and the residual runoff from melting that causes the couloir to come 'in'

I would recommend checking the (I know, across the valley but gives a rough idea) weather station from White Mountain Peak as a reference. The approach would likely suck but nothing wrong with taking the tools for a walk with some hope that things are in!
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Dec 5, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
ron:

Thanks for the beta. I might make my way down there soon. If not this big freeze, hopefully the next.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Dec 5, 2011 - 01:42pm PT
Credit: Norwegian
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