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Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 4, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
I heard a rumor that the park will be closing Tioga Road snow or no snow on the 10th due to budget constraints and worries that someone will fall through ice. Anybody heard anything else about this? Seems like a crime to close the road when there are no hazards on it.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 4, 2012 - 05:23pm PT
When should it close, in terms of prudent management? It's not like anyone at this time of year expects the pass to be open, or is depending on it.
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
I imagine that Mammoth Lakes would pay to keep it open.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 4, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
Just think, at some point, in the very warm future, the damn road may stay open all year...
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Jan 4, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
At some point on New Years there were almost 50 people spread out over various parts of Tenaya Lake. Ice Hockey, dogs frolicking and lots of skaters

There were many signs posted by the NPS stating not to go out on the ice. "DANGEROUS CONDITIONS!"

Seemed obvious to me that going on the ice was not a recommended activity. Would be a shame to close the road to enforce this.

 Luke

Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
I think the real issue here is whether there is space in the budget to patrol the road.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 4, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
It should stay open long enough that I can drive over it on the way to OR!
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jan 4, 2012 - 06:48pm PT
The Tioga Road and the Big Oak Flat Road are not part of the California State Hwy System, but on each end of the park, they connect to State Highway 120.

I think that if the road is safe for passage, the park would have a hard time closing it because of "budget issues." Heck, they're going to rehab the road over the next few years with mega bucks. I do not know, but they could upgrade the subsurface to allow plowing, which the current road probably can't handle.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 4, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
Skate at your own risk- F@#k the tools- just like climbing- know what your doing
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 4, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
Just spoke with the Sheriff here on the east side....they are calling this a rumor.
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jan 4, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
It was fantastic up there today, lots of action on Tenaya Lake





rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 4, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
F-10...Skating , bikinis , and ice...Lots of action...You rock dude...! RJ
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 4, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
best post on this site in years
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Jan 4, 2012 - 09:57pm PT
Do you think they are wearing their bathing suits in case they break through?
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
Thumbs up for the one actually wearing skates, the others are posers.
Double D

climber
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:09pm PT
That's classic!
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
That must have been great to see, in such a beautiful place too!!!



Mighty Hiker, you got any kind of statistic about when Tioga was closed so late in the past?

Has there ever been a year that it was open all year?

What was the shortest closure for the pass?




Cheers to the ladies!!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
I didn't notice the skates...! RJ
WBraun

climber
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
It's only a State road to the park entrances.

120 thru the park is federal road.

Caltrans stops at the park entrances.

You're wrong again fatty .....
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jan 4, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
"I didn't notice the skates...! RJ"

me either
Ken

Trad climber
Arroyo Grande
Jan 4, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
I keep looking,but I don't see any skates or ice?
drunkenmaster

Social climber
santa rosa
Jan 4, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
me likey :)
msiddens

Trad climber
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:23am PT
best picture
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:55am PT
First water skiing on Tenaya, now bikinied skaters. What next?

Tioga Pass opening and closing dates are very carefully hidden in the YNP website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/seasonal.htm

The latest the pass has closed since the records start in 1980 is December 11th.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 5, 2012 - 02:42am PT
bikinis , and ice...
= CRACKS.
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 5, 2012 - 10:55am PT
1933

Tioga Pass breaks record for being open in winter
January 4, 2012 by jeffpelline

On January 2, Tioga Pass (9,943 feet) set the all-time record (since 1933) of being open. In fact, the road has been open only six times in December since 1933.

Ive been going to Tioga Pass since childhood, fishing at the lakes. I can remember routinely walking across snow in July to make a cast into Tioga Lake.

Heres a look at driving up the beautiful pass to Yosemite National Park with the National Wildlife Federations California Director, Beth Pratt.


http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2012/01/04/tioga-pass-breaks-record-for-being-open-in-winter/


A choice between Yosemite/Tuolumne and Joshua Tree for MLK weekend - that's just weird.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jan 5, 2012 - 11:13am PT
Keeping fingers crossed the pass stays open as long as possible.

I'd love to get to Tuolumne or the the Valley in a weekend or two.

Meanwhile in Tahoe, resorts are temporarily laying folks off until it snows...
Mick Ryan

Trad climber
The Peaks
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:06pm PT
F10 any chance of using those pics at UKClimbing.com for a news report?

All the best,

Mick
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:12pm PT
Fricken awesome F 10 thats living large.

F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:34pm PT
" F10 any chance of using those pics at UKClimbing.com for a news report?

All the best,

Mick "

Go right ahead Mick,

James
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
F10 any chance of using those pics at UKClimbing.com for a news report?

All the best,

Mick

great. that'll spike traffic over at ukc. followed in short order by a spike in airline tix from heathrow to lax and sfo. followed by a spike in itinerant chain-smoking brits lurking cali and applying for green cards.

last nail in the coffin.
Mick Ryan

Trad climber
The Peaks
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Thanks James.
curt wohlgemuth

Social climber
Bay Area, California
Jan 5, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
itinerant chain-smoking brits lurking cali and applying for green cards

best line in this thread.
Mick Ryan

Trad climber
The Peaks
Jan 5, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Love klk, love it.

Mick
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 5, 2012 - 02:15pm PT
I'd love to get to Tuolumne or the the Valley in a weekend or two.

I heard 2nd half of January will bring fierce storms and chaos, I would make my way up there now.

Are those beautiful ladies a free promo for "Girls Girls Girls" on 120?
LongAgo

Trad climber
Jan 5, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
Thread on when ice is and is not skateable, bikinis or not, and one old tale of falling through ice of Tenaya:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1711400&msg=1712419#msg1712419
Sam R

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jan 5, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
Real Housewives of Bishop on the ice?
Marshall

climber
bay area
Jan 5, 2012 - 08:05pm PT

No bikinis unfortunately, but here was the sunset from Tenaya Lake on Jan 2nd. Unbelievable. Anybody else up there then?

dave

climber
Earth
Jan 5, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
Nice shot Marshall.
213

climber
Where the Froude number often >> 1
Jan 5, 2012 - 08:30pm PT
boing boing boing
boing boing boing
Credit: 213

Bouncing the pogo stick was fun on the lake! Falling was catastrophic. TR to follow...
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 5, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
Bikinis and ice skating - yea CALI really sucks - try that in I-dee-ho . heh heh heh
Argon

climber
North Bay, CA
Jan 5, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
Thanks for the entertaining pictures. Forecast suggests we'll add at least another 10 days to the record. Enjoying the Bay Area weather too - but hoping this is just a statistical aberration. It's still just 6 months since Squaw and Mammoth's last day for the '10-'11 season.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 5, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Pussy-on-Ice...you gotta lova California.
susan peplow

climber
www.joshuatreevacationhomes.com
Jan 6, 2012 - 01:50am PT
Mick, it's January. It's 2012, you're in the States and I'm reminding you to do something.... remember?

Meanwhile, book a flight west. Mussy's no fun, you and I can go for an up-to-date report of Tuolume climbing, skating, bikini contest and more.

cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 6, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Marshall! Me too!!

Sorry, no bikini.

Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 7, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Pussy-on-Ice...you gotta lova California

Cmon Blue, I don't think the guy on the pogo is one.




Any bets on who will be the first to fall through the ice? And how many "how tragic" posts there will be?
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 12:22am PT
Credit: StahlBro
wingsue

climber
PNW
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:45am PT
Marshall & Cleo, those are amazing pics. Thank you! :-)
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 7, 2012 - 02:07am PT
Ditto StahlBro ^
David D.

Trad climber
Pacific Grove, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 02:19am PT
Has anyone taken advantage of the weather to do any climbing? A quick jaunt up Cathedral Peak in January? Are most places snow-free?
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 03:46am PT
Does anyone know where I can rent ice skates in SF bay area, preferably east bay? I called a place in Oakland that says they don't and they don't know of any place that does.

I plan to head up there on Sunday.
YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
In Sequoia/Kings Canyon they've closed the road between the parks not because of snow, but because of budget cuts. Now they've announced that it will be open from 9-5 on weekends and holidays until it snows. What if your dayhike gets you back to your car after 5?

They also closed the Lodgepole Campground for the entire winter for the first time.
Tahoe Bikini Chic

Trad climber
Tahoe City, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:05pm PT

Hey F10 - Next time, you should come down and say hi. Here are some better photos that you could have gotten if you weren't afraid of the wildlife.

Credit: Tahoe Bikini Chic

Credit: Tahoe Bikini Chic
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
I was in Oslo at this time two years ago, during quite a cold winter there. All the rivers, lakes and fjords were frozen. The newspapers, and each town's website, contained up to date information on ice safety, and in many places the unsafe areas were marked off. Basic public safety.

There weren't any bikini-wearing people out, though - too cold and windy. Though the Baffin Babes showed what can be done.
http://www.facebook.com/baffinbabes
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
Lolli - thanks, that chart cleared it up.


When is Tahoebikinichic's sister (Tahotoplesschic) gonna show up?
cleo

Social climber
the canyon below the Ditch!!!!
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:47pm PT
Dunno about skate rentals, seems there aren't many options. However, I suggest calling:

 Oakland Ice Arena
 Hockey X

 One of the many temporary outdoor holiday rinks - where do they get their rental skates?

http://www.travelismorefunwithkids.com/travelismorefunwithkids/ice-skating-rinks-in-the-sf-bay-area.html
WBraun

climber
Jan 7, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
You know .....

It's simply incredible that one can drive to such an extraordinary beautiful setting to go ice skating.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 7, 2012 - 02:05pm PT
There is always hot tubbing too.........

photo not found
Missing photo ID#232513
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 7, 2012 - 02:25pm PT
seems to be a record:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Has anyone taken advantage of the weather to do any climbing? A quick jaunt up Cathedral Peak in January? Are most places snow-free?

Including us (that bailed) there were 11 people on Cathedral on New Years Day. Bail TR was posed on the forum a few days ago.

I think anything on Stately would be fun to do while watching skaters below. I give it until after MLK weekend before we get a storm.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 7, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
Brilliant photo, crag man.

Why rent? Go to Play it again sports, Skates are good to have. You can always resell.
rocknpow

Boulder climber
eastside
Jan 7, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
We climbed Stately Pleasure on Jan 2nd and it was great! Was really cool to see ice skaters frolicking about while on route. Then as we returned to the cars, we just took the rock shoes off and donned our skates for some "pass the puck." It's been a great opportunity this year to recreate in activities/combos that are not norm for us in the Eastern Sierra.
BW

climber
Bishop, CA
Jan 7, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Missus and I on West Crack, Jan. 4. To call it a winter ascent just wo...
Missus and I on West Crack, Jan. 4. To call it a winter ascent just wouldn't be fair.
Credit: BW
Greg Barnes

climber
Jan 8, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
As several folks pointed out, 1999/2000 is incorrect. This link has the real closing date for 2000 - January 1st:

http://www.monobasinresearch.org/data/tiogapass.htm
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Jan 9, 2012 - 02:49am PT
What a nice sunny weekend in TM!

little buddy on ice
little buddy on ice
Credit: cragnshag

needed a crampon on the right foot...
needed a crampon on the right foot...
Credit: cragnshag

some nice folks lent Erin some skates
some nice folks lent Erin some skates
Credit: cragnshag

hiking around with Emory
hiking around with Emory
Credit: cragnshag

all wheel drive
all wheel drive
Credit: cragnshag

who can guess the name of this rock?
who can guess the name of this rock?
Credit: cragnshag

varmint spotted on dumpster
varmint spotted on dumpster
Credit: cragnshag
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Jan 9, 2012 - 03:09am PT
skateboarding- it was tough to get going very fast because I could not get traction with my right foot (crampon or hobnail boot would solve this problem). Also you need wide trucks, big wheels and a very steady transition from pumping to standing, else the board slips sideways.

Fun stuff. Managed to not crack my head!
QITNL

climber
Jan 9, 2012 - 03:57am PT
Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

Thanks!

The adults look like idiots (yeah, I'm jealous) but the kids look great.

What's the going rate for a babysitter up at Tenaya Lake?
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Jan 9, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
Contributin'

Credit: jsb

Credit: jsb

Ice waves at the beach
Ice waves at the beach
Credit: jsb
David D.

climber
Pacific Grove, CA
Jan 10, 2012 - 01:42am PT
Just got back from two days in Tuolumne/Yosemite and brought back some pics to add to the pile. Unfortunately, I don't have any with bikini-clad babes on Tenaya Lake. You are stuck with me. Most of these pictures are from today, January 9th. There were a few parties ice climbing on the second flow down from the Lake Ellery Dam but I wasn't able to get a picture of them. Awesome times in a beautiful place.

The peaceful, winter version of Upper Pines on Saturday.
The peaceful, winter version of Upper Pines on Saturday.
Credit: David D.

Hanging out on Tenaya Lake!
Hanging out on Tenaya Lake!
Credit: David D.

Looking out over a frozen Lake Ellery towards the backside of Mt. Conn...
Looking out over a frozen Lake Ellery towards the backside of Mt. Conness. - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.

Mt. Dana...almost snow-free! - January 9th, 2012
Mt. Dana...almost snow-free! - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.

Cathedral Peak, almost snow-free! - January 9th, 2012
Cathedral Peak, almost snow-free! - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.

Fairview Dome and Tuolumne Peak. - January 9th, 2012
Fairview Dome and Tuolumne Peak. - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.

Stately Pleasure is the Only True Pleasure - January 9th, 2012
Stately Pleasure is the Only True Pleasure - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.

Tenaya Peak - January 9th, 2012
Tenaya Peak - January 9th, 2012
Credit: David D.
susan peplow

climber
www.joshuatreevacationhomes.com
Jan 10, 2012 - 01:58am PT
I love to see these photos. It makes me feel a little closer to experiencing something so spectacular and fun. Keep 'em coming!
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Jan 10, 2012 - 11:23am PT
Pass still open! I did notice "keep off the ice" signs yesterday.
.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 10, 2012 - 11:40am PT
Pogo stick shots rule.
Thanks for that!

but how come the chick in the bikini didn't get on that thing!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jan 10, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
ummmmm.....the physics of a pogo stick.
All your mass concentrated on about 3 square inches? If there's a weak spot in the ice I hope you don't hit it.

and skateboard on ice??
that's SOOOOO wrong!!

Love ALL these pics. thanks for sharing and Good On Ya for "getting it done". What a marvelous experience for all the "kids"
I can't believe it's staying frozen while it's 60 degrees every day at 3000 ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 10, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Cragnshag, I didn't recognize you but saw your little dude on wheels and you on the skateboard on Sunday.

I was the one experimenting with my kids, a rope, and mountaineering axe for rescue scenarios. We did some top-roping on the flanks of Stately Pleasure Dome below Great White Book too. On the way home, we explored a sweet half-frozen river with logs strewn over it, and a frozen waterfall. My car thermometer registered 60* F on the drive out! Awesome day, pics coming soon.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jan 10, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Awesome pics from everyone - love the babes on ice, and the pogo sticking too...

Has it been determined whether Adamame's first post was true? Is the pass closing today? Or will it stay open indefinitely?
the goat

climber
north central WA
Jan 10, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
I'm not sure whether I should be envious or not. It's cool to think you could slab climb and ice skate within a few hundred feet of each other. Its gonna be rough without some water in the bank for next summer though. Is this the driest Nov./Dec./Jan on record for the Sierra? And then we have Cordova, AK. who's trying to figure out where to put all the snow.

Just in case anyone forgot what winter is supposed to look like here are some shots from north central WA.
Credit: the goat
Credit: the goat
Fresh tracks
Fresh tracks
Credit: the goat
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Jan 10, 2012 - 04:08pm PT
It's official.

Tioga Rd. is being closed for the rest of the season at 5 pm tonight.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jan 10, 2012 - 04:17pm PT
Granite - where'd you get that info? Say it ain't so!
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Jan 10, 2012 - 04:22pm PT
just called the park, no mention on the phone message.

no mention on california DOT page
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Jan 10, 2012 - 05:11pm PT
Are you sure? I overheard it on the radio on my way to Joshua Tree this morning to bolt Double Cross.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 10, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
at 2:45pm today, calling, the roads are still proclaims as open.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 10, 2012 - 05:50pm PT
Did you get those bolts in?
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Jan 11, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
Automated phone systems says Tioga Road is open....

10am 1.11.2012
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jan 11, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
What would Ferdinand say?
What would Ferdinand say?
Credit: guido
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 11, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Is this the driest Nov./Dec./Jan on record for the Sierra?

Hard to tell because record-keeping changed. I know that on Dec. 26, 1975, I drove my BMW 2002 (not exactly an SUV) from the base of Patterson Bluffs to the Wishon turnoff without any problems. That winter ('75-'76) was the first of two consecutive drought years in California. In spring of 1977, I climbed the Arches without getting wet -- another sign of how dry the mountains were.

John
mike bodine

climber
bishop, ca
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
"HORRIBLE RUMOR" said Kari Cobb, pio.
Public Information Officers at Yosemite said the road will remain open until snow closes it.
The Tioga entrance is open and NO FEES.
who shot JR?
how many licks to get to the center of the tootsie roll tootsie pop?
do a little footwork ---
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
"No Fees" only apply to the Eastern entrance.

They check on the 120 entrance to make sure your papers are in order.



JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
I thought this weekend was a "no entrance fee" weekend for YNP (or maybe all NPS areas). Of course, since my Golden Beagle hasn't expired yet, it's a sort of thanks for nothing.

John
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
Sorry, jstan says that they're called Golden Turkeys.

Not sure what people have against turkeys - Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be your national bird, and in their wild state, they're an industrious, interesting, elusive creature.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
I'm just waiting about 18 months for my Golden Age Passport, so pretty soon it won't matter what we call it.

;)

John
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jan 12, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
bump for Cool.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 12, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
I stand corrected fee free this weekend!!!


http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

jstan

climber
Jan 13, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
Finally! I have DSL in JT. Now that I have finished struggling with getting hooked in - maybe I can start some real work.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 13, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
Going over to the Valley tomorrow morning.....torn between being excited and bummed. :/
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 13, 2012 - 07:28pm PT
Now that I have finished struggling with getting hooked in - maybe I can start some real work.

Congratulations!

Just set Net Nanny to "block SuperTopo", and you'll get lots done.

ps Will you be In JT for the Gordon roofraiser in April?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 13, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
I'll be up in the perimeter from Sun-Wed. Staying at the Yosemite View Lodge with the wife and boy.

I may hit up Tuolumne. I'll bring my gear, but it was supposed to be more of a trip for the family to cruise the sights and just hang. I may do a route or two.

Is there snow in the Valley? Tuolumne? Enough to cross-country ski on?
jsb

Trad climber
Bay area
Jan 13, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
No snow anywhere near Yosemite. Well, at least not enough to ski on.
squishy

Mountain climber
Jan 16, 2012 - 12:26am PT
14th




the goat

climber
north central WA
Jan 16, 2012 - 07:49am PT
A winter like this and it would've been called Tahoe Summit or Keno Pass instead of Donner.
TShimkus

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe, NV
Jan 17, 2012 - 03:15pm PT
Tahoe Mountain Sports has an exclusive interview with the Tahoe Bikini Chicks on their blog: http://blog.tahoemountainsports.com/2012/01/17/tahoe-bikini-chicks-yosemite-ice-skating/
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Jan 17, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
Drove over the pass this weekend, checked out the lake - I had no idea how much noise it made! I'd never experienced that before, totally surreal... Sort of sounded like a whale moaning or something.

Three days of climbing in the empty valley in January... We were sweating in t-shirts up on Royal Arches and Super Slide it was so warm!

Also, an obligatory bump for the bikini babes...
bmacd

Mountain climber
100% Canadian
Jan 17, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Are there many folks in camp 4 right now ?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 17, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Based on the present forecast models, Tioga Pass will likely close for the season either tomorrow night or Thursday morning.


EDIT: see latest post below
Rimwalker

climber
Jan 17, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Tahoe Mountain Sports has an exclusive interview with the Tahoe Bikini Chicks on their blog: http://blog.tahoemountainsports.com/2012/01/17/tahoe-bikini-chicks-yosemite-ice-skating/

That's awesome!

According to the national park, they're closing the road at 7 p.m. tonight in anticipation of the snow...
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:02pm PT
What a cute article.

Nothin' like the high spirited gals that make ski areas their homes!

YAY!

TFPU!

:-)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
Get up there while you can!
Not quite bikini weather last Sunday
Marty(r) and Gary Carpenter
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
This system looks to be falling apart for the eastern Sierra. Perhaps the Pass will be open a while longer.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:32pm PT
Based on the present forecast models, Tioga Pass will likely close for the season either tomorrow night or Thursday morning.

The forecast is pathetic too....just some inches. No real big precip.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:40pm PT
What an amazing and peaceful drive back from Red Rock yesterday via Death Valley and Tioga Pass. It was so quiet there at night...maybe only 3 other cars came or went the whole way from the pass to Crane Flat. The car thermometer said it was 9 degrees at Pothole Dome. We saw a coyote who looked like he could use a lot more fur and a block the size of a large ice chest in the middle of the road.

Perhaps we should start a pool for the final closing date?

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kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
The forecast is pathetic too....just some inches. No real big precip.

VM, you just gotta refer to a BETTER forecast :)

Winter starts this weekend!

Saturday and Sunday --HEAVY SNOW -- -> Colder storms with copious mid Pacific moisture and modified arctic air push in off of the Pacific Ocean, causing heavy snow across the area, falling down to 6,000 feet and lower (to 3,000 feet by Sunday). The first storm moves in on Saturday, with some great powder expected to top off the dense base of snow. Areas above 8,000 feet and along the crest are expected to see 8+ feet of snow Thursday through Sunday, with more coming next week.
top step

Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Jan 17, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Went to experience the ice this weekend (14th & 15th). So cool!! I think I'm gonna buy ice skates now just in case this ever occurs again. The entire time I wished I had a pair!

favorite swimming spot.  New meaning to "ice cold".
favorite swimming spot. New meaning to "ice cold".
Credit: top step
Splitter hand crack in Ellery Lake.
Splitter hand crack in Ellery Lake.
Credit: top step
SOME friction is required for hand jamming.  Absolutely impossible.
SOME friction is required for hand jamming. Absolutely impossible.
Credit: top step
Creek was full of fascinating ice sculptures.
Creek was full of fascinating ice sculptures.
Credit: top step
Fine weather for bouldering.
Fine weather for bouldering.
Credit: top step
Ice surfing on Sunday.  Man that was a cold wind!  All the ice was get...
Ice surfing on Sunday. Man that was a cold wind! All the ice was getting blown to the down-wind side of the lake and it was cracking and shifting like crazy!
Credit: top step
QITNL

climber
Jan 17, 2012 - 06:42pm PT

courtesy: http://www.powdiction.com
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jan 18, 2012 - 07:43pm PT
I'm pretty sure the pass is now closed. I just left the area.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 18, 2012 - 09:00pm PT
Closed for the season.
corniss chopper

climber
breaking the speed of gravity
Mar 13, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Just thinking the Park could get some extra money with a "Tioga Pass Rally Car Time Trial Race". Ever wondered what it'd be like to zip past the Toulumne Store going 100mph to cheering crowds and not get a speeding ticket?

Watching such events seem to be popular in Euro. Mostly in anticipation of the crashes. Rollovers launching down the slabs at Olmstead would be quite the attraction.

1hr plus youtube compilation of rally car crashes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh1fLmltVno

bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mar 13, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Awesome, 1:34, safety guy comes running up on the scene with cig in mouth and coffee cup in hand.

A teachers aid in my EMT class had some stories about rally-like races BITD near Sonora, CA. Wonder if it was like this??

More on topic, the coming week or two of weather is certainly not going to speed up the Tioga Pass opener. But CA needs the water, so bring it.
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