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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...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Mtbphoto, just got my computer to upload them. Thanks for taking the time to load them. Awesome. Looks like TPR still needs a shovel or two. Cheers, lynne
QITNL

climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
Yeah, thanks for the shots. Here's a set of mine from last weekend:
http://www.qitnl.com/v/032913/

I was going to ski out to Glacier Point but ran out of snow halfway. Another couple of weeks that road will be solid pavement. The notch between Liberty Cap & Mt Broderick is all melted out, just a couple of patches of snow that are easily avoided, I put some footprints on what's left.

Read this on yosemitenews.info, seems to correspond with what I was looking at:

Results for the April snow survey show that the Merced River basin snowpack is at 53% of average while the Tuolumne River basin is at 52% of average for this time of year. Last year, the Merced was at 47% while the Tuolumne was at 43%, but the distribution of snow is much different this year. Last year, the snowpack was fairly consistently about 45% of average at all surveyed elevations. This year, the snowpack is about 70% of average down to around 8,000 feet, but drops off substantially below that. So, those early-June high-elevation backpacking trips that might have been possible last year will probably be much snowier this year.
Slabspec

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 4, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Does anyone know how you go about volunteering to go up and help clear the Tioga Road?
John M

climber
Apr 11, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Looks like we will need volunteers. Dang!

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Last update: April 11, 2013

National Park Service road crews will assess the Tioga Road on or about April 15, however, the current plan is to begin plowing on May 15. With the mild winter, we're optimistic the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads may open by Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27)

Anyone know if this is because they aren't hiring summer staff?
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