I appreciate all the recs and feedback. Canceled the trip last night due to rain and lack of sleep. Woke up this morning rested, opened the curtains saw the sun streaming in and thought...WTF am I thinking? I remembered my old climbing mantra regarding iffy weather: If in doubt get out!
The web cam shots have the look of epic beauty.
Sorry about the weather. One tidbit on the Cookie Sheet. I first climbed there on the President's Day weekend in 1973. The weather had been sunny for at least a week, but there were plenty of water streaks. The crux of our climb (otherwise 5.7) was probably crossing those streaks without getting our shoes wet.
Hitting Parkline or Cookie Sheet next Saturday. There shouldn't be much snow on the ground at 4000 feet after a week of mid-60s, right?
Correct. You can always use the webcam link on ST to get current conditions at the site of the old Happy Isles Bridge, Ahwahnee Meadow (with the Arches and Half Dome), Sentinel Dome looking toward Tenaya Canyon, El Cap, and Turtleback Dome looking west.
Arrived fri PM driving through blizzard on 120 and sopping wet with giant puddles in Valley, but awoke to blue skies Sat. expected everything to be soaked.
Climbed Munginaella to Saleginella. Both almost bone dry and the Valley almost empty. Talk about fast drying!