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Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I agree with Donini. When I used to vacation with my parents in Tuolumne Meadows in the late 50s, it was a very special private place with a terrible road that defeated the tourist hoards. Everyone grew beards, even the NPS Rangers, because going to TM was almost like moving to Alaska. Lot of people at the time said that widening the Tioga Road was going to wreck the place. And they were right in many ways. Too many forces screaming to open it up and let the tour buses roar. Does TM really have a special wilderness feel when the doors of those buses open and a hoard of travelers hit the bathrooms en masse in front of the TM Store and Grill? Kinda grim! One thing sure has changed: The Rangers were a lot friendlier back then.
Greg Barnes

climber
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Planners/rangers agree with you too, Bruce - they are planning on removing most roadside parking altogether, curbs preventing pulling off, etc. They are trying to reduce Tuolumne use traffic by reducing overall parking. You will end up with no way to park close to many crags, less chance of finding a spot to park even to take the shuttle, and (probably) the same no-shuttles-early-or-late season.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
^^^^that's going to work at the Cathedral trailhead.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 20, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
my mom told me stories about driving up to Tenaya lake and throwing down a tent in the 60's. Thinking about a little california alps, riding a bike from trail head to trail head with a light pack and linking big domes and peaks... man that sounds like heavan. Can do it now but riding a bike on that road in the high season gets a little sketchy.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 1, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Just heard today from a friend in Gardnerville that he heard the road will open May 11?!?! Could this be true?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Apr 2, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Here is a link to the Tuolumne Meadows weather station http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=TUMC1

24 inches of snow right now

and links to other weather stations in the Sierra Nevada http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=TMEC1
Rimwalker

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
Everybody rooting for the destruction or permanent closure of Tioga Pass Road must really hate the people of Lee Vining, where they pretty much depend on that road economically.
John M

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
must really hate the people of Lee Vining, where they pretty much depend on that road economically.

unlikely that anyone hates anyone. More like people are unaware or just wistfully thinking about what if. The meadows without the hordes is awesome.

Another drought year. We have slightly more snow here in Yosemite then last year, but northern california is much lower then last year.
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
I rode up to Tioga pass last week on my bike. To my surprise at the pass there were 2 rangers and I asked when they are going to start plowing. All they said was that there is some controversy and with the budget cuts, who knows.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
what was the snow coverage like?
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 2, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
105 feet base, 12 feet packed pow,
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Rumor....TPR may open Memorial Day :DD
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 3, 2013 - 03:03am PT
It was revealed to me and Marcel on our ride to park headquarters last week with Ranger Mark, who's heart is gold and probably his beta, too, that dry years promote mosquito hordes, unlike wet years, which tend not to cause the little beeotches to procreate in such large numbers.

Billions. How repellent. Stay out of the Meadows this year. The crowds you prevent will thank you.

:)

Powder

Trad climber
the Flower Box
Apr 3, 2013 - 08:12am PT
Please let it be open early this season, say, the end of May!!

It'd be a great celebration of the removal of the metals out of my body. ~_~y
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Apr 3, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
Here the photos from my ride up the Tioga: http://imgur.com/a/vxtpK
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Apr 3, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
The high was 56 today, that will melt some snow
Credit: Chris McNamara

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=TUMC1
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 3, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
After spending a couple years here on ST I'm pretty certain that serious Tacoides, female and male, are Nomads in real life or Nomads waiting to bust out from their "normal" lives.

I get the wonderful feeling that today many are poised and waiting to take off to the Valley, T. Meadows and many other incredible places in the Sierra like I am.

By Fall I know I'll be ready to migrate elsewhere. Maybe that's why I got a job at Nomads. Smiles, lynnie
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 3, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Mtbphoto, thanks for the pics
John M

climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Thanks for the photos mtbphoto!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
We can only hope that the winter of 69 begins this thursday and keeps those stupid Americans on the west side from inter-breeding with the hateful Lee Viningites and their brine shrimp psychosis...
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