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phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:09pm PT
May 11!!! That would be so fantastic.
Cragman, DD and I will both be over there (travelling separately), for about a week around M-Day. Perhaps we'll connect at some point?
Phyl
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
phylp...come on by!!!!!!!!!!

:D
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 23, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
So I did the Tioga Road Trans-Sierra last week. Took me 2 days from the gate at the bottom of the pass to the Mirror Lake bus stop. I had a great time, and I couldn't ask for better snow!

Of the about 20 miles of road I skied, I only had to walk about a mile total, due to lack of snow. I had to ski/walk across short sections of pavement a few times. I skied down the Snow Creek trail for maybe 2 miles or so, then had to put the skis away and hike the rest of the way. Walking down the Snow Creek trail did a number on my knees!

Heres an album of photos from the trip: http://imgur.com/a/iaI5w

I went back up the pass today (much better driving up the open road!) and skied Gaylor peak, snow was great, but my knees need a break!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 23, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Nice pics guy...I did that route on my sprint sticks many moons ago...
skied under a full moon then bivied in a tree well then made it to the valley the next day...hitched a ride back with chuckles and cosmos ...RJ
John M

climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Awesome.. thanks for the photos.


I couldn't tell from the pics, but whats the snow load at olmstead point above the road?
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
Snow load above Olmstead was pretty much nothing, no slide danger, although just east of Olmstead there was some snow in the trees, but I wouldn't say there is avy danger to the road there.
QITNL

climber
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Thanks for the shots, that looks like a fun trip. Yeah, Olmstead looks good to go.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Open it......all you get is slabs and mosquitos.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Mtbphoto, great pics!

Clearly, that's by far the best way to be in Tuolumne. I really need to get skis.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Seeing you all soon :D

Jingy, email me please sir, so we can perhaps make plans to get together with friends anywhere from TPR to Bishop. Cheers, Lynnie
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
An awesome TR Mtbphoto, Thanks.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
The day after THIS, some of us went and skied this:

Coming up on the entrance to Solstice
Coming up on the entrance to Solstice
Credit: Willoughby
from the plateau
from the plateau
Credit: My friend's instagram

Several pushed on to endure sketchy refreeze for the power station shot. Others took on a surprisingly bony-looking Ellery. I decided to cruise some creamy turns back to the car and catch a little me time with the hubcap while I waited to deal with the car shuttling shenanigans.

Credit: Willoughby

A glorious day spent along a glorious bit of road.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:45am PT
Superb photos mtbphoto and willoughby. Thanks!

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Growež sed and blowež med
And springž že wde nu,
Sing cuccu!
Awe bletež after lomb,
Lhouž after calue cu.
Bulluc stertež, bucke uertež,
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes žu cuccu;
Ne swik žu nauer nu.
Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

And for those of you not fluent in Middle English (where's a Hobbit when you need one?):

Summer has come in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow
blooms
And the wood springs anew,
Sing, Cuckoo!
The ewe bleats after the lamb
The cow lows after the calf.
The bullock stirs, the stag farts,
Merrily sing, Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing,
cuckoo;
Don't ever you stop now,
Sing cuckoo now. Sing, Cuckoo.
Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!


Well, summer is probably taking it's good damn time up there! Fun anytime of the year.

Eric
QITNL

climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
SR 108 IS REOPENED FROM 26.4 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) TO 5.3 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 395 /SONORA PASS/ (MONO CO) AT 1200 HRS ON 4/25/13
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr108
willm

Social climber
Oakland
Apr 24, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
^ What does it mean?!
QITNL

climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Chris Brent

Trad climber
San Francisco
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:35am PT
If 120 opens May 11 how long does it take for the Meadows campground to open?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:40am PT
I think campground opening to humans is usually at lease a few weeks after the road opens. Mosquito opening generally late June but this year could be earlier.
QITNL

climber
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Last year the Tioga Road opened May 7 & TM campground opened June 8.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Apr 25, 2013 - 11:12am PT
I remember heading up there soon after May 7th last year . I hiked out to Waterwheel Falls , the trail was a soggy mess, but it was spectacular to see the falls so early in the season... no people.
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