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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 15, 2013 - 12:02am PT
QITNL, I have limited room in my van to bring what I will use for the next 4 months. Should I bring my snowshoes and gaiters? Thanks for all you info, Dude. :D Cheers, L.
QITNL

climber
May 15, 2013 - 12:43am PT
Sean, yeah, that might have been my track. I headed up Saturday as well. I ditched the trail at Dingley Creek and went over the pass; at the bottom of the col, hung a right to upper Young Lake. Crossed a few random tracks over the next couple of days, some might have been yours. I hope too many folks don't follow mine! But they will be gone in a flash.

I didn't tag the summit of Conness, though I could have thrown a rock at it. My boot prints end right here, the next 10 feet was pretty sketch. A couple thousand feet down on either side and no room to self-arrest.

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Credit: QITNL

Call me a wimp if you want but that is my Happy Mother's Day! shot. I gotta rig up some kinda lightweight self-belay kit.

Lynne, I'd bring gaiters, they are small & I'm a gaiter kinda guy, I hate getting snow and crap in my boots. Snowshoes you might not need after the next couple of weeks; the snow that's left should be nicely compacted.

I love it up there this time of year, a little window where it's an alpine environment. No crowds and no skeeters and snow makes for pleasant travel if you are into it.
sneville

climber
May 15, 2013 - 01:16am PT
QITNL,
Once we made it to young lake we looked at Conness and thought it might be scary with the snow right near the summit. It seems like both of us made a good decision to not go to the top. I hope no one follows our path because we lost the trail several times when you break out of the trees. Such a nice weekend up there. Thanks for the pictures.

Sean
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 15, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
QITNL, Thanks for the beta. :D Today was last day at work. Tomorrow errands and goodbyes and then pack and I'm off to Adventure Land. So much more prepared this year. Jazzed to be hitting the water, rock and trails. lynne
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
May 15, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
khanom



What gives ?

"Depends. Who did you vote for in 2004 and 2008?"

Really ?? I'm the guy who works and pays taxes, lots of them. I'm not sucking it up in my van behind the Mobil 4 months and the 8 lounging in the desert claiming to minimize my carbon footprint. Bums don't pay taxes.




PeteC

climber
May 15, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Credit: PeteC

So happy to be back in the meadows!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 15, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
rwedgee, I have paid mega taxes in my life. Then ran into the Perfect Storm of Life and was pulled into a quiet harbor to rethink it all.

I saw life one way when I was a workaholic pulling down the bucks. The Perfect Storm put me a place to think, ponder and reconsider.

Bottom line to me: Don't judge. Live how you choose but don't judge those that don't make your same life decisions.

And khanom, all of us think differently. You don't know who he voted for. And frankly, no matter who you vote for (there could be some exceptions we don't know about)they aren't going to carry out the platform(s) you voted them in for. This applies to pretty much all parties. Just my observations.

I'll probably be sorry I posted such a dogmatic one. Every once in a while I get a "wild hair". :D

Edit: But you are both (hopefully) my SuperTopo Friends.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
May 16, 2013 - 12:04am PT
rwedgee, you complain about the pass not opening earlier. If you are complaining about government inefficiency, I'm very much with you there. But you sound very much like the sort who protests "big government" and then complains about government-run entities not meeting your standards.

Just so you are clear on this: Yes, I took some time off from paying 33+ percent of my very hard-earned income to the government so we could fight foreign wars and finance the corporate elite, but for the past couple of years or so I've been a small business owner, striving to make ends meet in an over-regulated anti-startup environment. Today I only worked 10 hours. Yesterday I worked 14. Suck it, bitch. Wanna buy some spinach?

But that aside, if you wonder why National Parks aren't funded sufficiently, do you really think it has to do ONLY with government waste?


I didn't mean to add politics to this thread, I only felt I had to respond. Can we agree to let it go and just enjoy the beauty that is the high country?
John M

climber
May 16, 2013 - 12:25am PT
Thanks for the pics QITNL!!! Anyone have anymore? What does the meadow look like? What about Tenaya? . I'm jonesing to get up there but I'm dealing with an infection right now.

Wheres Ed? He usually goes up opening weekend.
Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
May 16, 2013 - 12:35am PT
Yes, more pictures, please : D

I could use some distractions and the images of the High Country would be pretty good ones.
...thought only broken bone hurts, but apparently the pains from the surgery removing those metals out of your body hurt almost just as much... Ok that might be a bit exaggerating, but ouch no less. @_@ >_<
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
May 16, 2013 - 12:50am PT
Yes more pics please! Am heading up there Friday. So excited. Never miss an opening weekend but it was Mother's Day so I'm coming up there now.

And no one rag on Lynne. She's living the friggin dream. Working in Tuolumne 4 months a year then working at a climbing shop down south the next 8 months. She's got life dialed as far as I'm concerned. And one hell of an awesome lady who I'm so stoked to see this weekend.
QITNL

climber
May 16, 2013 - 01:51am PT
The meadow is fairly dry, not the usual swamp/lake. Tenaya is dry at the base, still holds a fair amount of snow up high. There's a big snow drift at the base of Pywiack and some on top. It will be a few more weeks for most north-facing routes to dry up. If you're headed up to the high country, expect some postholing and wading across creeks.

Here are some more shots, there are more here
http://www.qitnl.com/v/051113/
and more to come when I work through what I got.

Seems kinda pointless but I'm glad a few of you are interested in this stuff.

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-Joe
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 16, 2013 - 01:52am PT
Fluoride,

Yeah, more pics.

Hoping to see you friend Beth. Let's spend some time gabbing at one of the peaks or creeks. That would be good.

I don't think life is ever dialed cause the fine tuning gets a little crazy. I'm blessed to work at something I really care about....the planet and people.

So, Yikes, hope I get my shy together so I get up there this weekend. Plans are for Sat or Sun. So jazzed. The yurts are up but electricity a little on/off at this point. Still looking for TPR to open Memorial.

Want to climb some. Peace and love, lynnie
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 16, 2013 - 02:23am PT
QITNL, thanks for taking the time to post those awesome, inspirational pics.
Takes my breath away. Again, Thanks!!!
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
May 16, 2013 - 02:41am PT
QITNL/joe that wasn't pointless at all. That was amazing. Thanks for the pics!!
Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
May 16, 2013 - 03:44am PT
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!! *^_^*

They really did make my night better. I now can go to sleep with a smile on my face, dreaming about this amazing playground! = )
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
May 16, 2013 - 10:09am PT
Hoping to spend quite a bit of time there this year :) Lynne we gotta climb conness!
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2013 - 10:30am PT
I didn't tag the summit of Conness, though I could have thrown a rock at it. My boot prints end right here, the next 10 feet was pretty sketch. A couple thousand feet down on either side and no room to self-arrest.

Yeah, there is that one spot, just below the summit, that is pretty narrow.
QITNL

climber
May 16, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
I'm thinking of wandering around the Cathedral Peak area this weekend. If any of you might be up there, give a holler.

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 17, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Counting the days til I get across to the east side again! It's amazing to have the pass open so early. I know it would be better to have the snowpack but being able to get over there is the silver lining.
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