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cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2011 - 03:24pm PT
Hulk Bump!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 30, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
no no no, you say it like this.... "HULK SMASH!"

:)
Sonic

Trad climber
Central Coast, California
Jun 30, 2011 - 04:11pm PT
How Are the conditions after this last storm? I'm heading out there the 8-10 for the red di. Should I cart in snowshoes/skis/axe-crampon ?
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Jun 30, 2011 - 04:16pm PT
No first hand beta here but driving past the Sawtooth ridge the other day, looking up towards the Matterhorn and there was a LOT of snow.

I'm wondering what conditions would be like for high country approaches myself. I think we might be approaching a crappy scenario within the next few days where there is still a lot of snow but it's not getting cold enough for solid freezes at night, so skis or snowshoes might be required on the snow. BUT, the snow can start pretty far from the trailhead so you might have to hump that stuff awhile before you need it. And then when you get to it, you might not even need it.

Any thoughts from the wiser Sierra men and women?
NYZoo

Trad climber
Gunks
Jul 5, 2011 - 04:27am PT
Hulk Bump for conditions.... has anyone been up there?
Sonic

Trad climber
Central Coast, California
Jul 5, 2011 - 08:09am PT
Cultureshock said he was heading out there this last weekend so I'd check in with him or wait till he updates the thread
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2011 - 01:03pm PT
I'll have photos up later tonight.

The gist is that there is a TON of snow. The normal bivy sites near the "creek" are under 10 feet of snow. You have to hike up canyon about another 10-15 minutes to find running water (go up and right and follow your ears).

Everyone this past weekend camped around the trees.

There were 5 parties up there from Saturday-> Monday. Saw people on Sunspot, Positive Vibes, Red Dihedral (two groups) and Bee Line.

Make sure to get your permits. Not only is it the right thing to do but we saw a ranger on the hike in. He was very nice and possibly removing fire rings or doing trail work. I was informed at the rangers station that NO FIRES are allowed in Little Slide Canyon.

Weather was WARM. This meant the snow was very soft (easy to hike up, slide down).

From the big trail take the down stream of the two creek crossings. The one seen in the Kate and Brittany post is totally underwater! The logs are pretty easy to cross.

Extra dry socks or Gaiters are suggested due to all the snow. I'm a big fan of snow travel with trekking poles and never ended up using the ice axe we brought.

Go for it!

 Luke
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2011 - 09:38pm PT
Looking down at the approach from the 1st big snowfield.
Looking down at the approach from the 1st big snowfield.
Credit: cultureshock

Looking back at little slide canyon. Parts of this were steep, but easily doable in soft snow.

Looking down at the one of the bivy areas below the base of the Hulk.
Looking down at the one of the bivy areas below the base of the Hulk.
Credit: cultureshock

There was a ton of snow over the normal bivy area. In addition the creek that usually runs was under many feet of snow. Inorder to get water I hiked up the left of the two drainage/gulleys in the photo. A bit out of the way but a good water source.

Early season snow at the Incredible Hulk
Early season snow at the Incredible Hulk
Credit: cultureshock

The snow field goes all the way up to the base but this doesn't affect any of the routes. There is snow in the descent gully which will require kicking steps. This should be easy when the snow is soft.

Go have fun!

 Luke
msiddens

Trad climber
Mountain View
Jul 6, 2011 - 02:56am PT
nice stuff Luke.....looks like a great time. Thanks for posting.
Max Neale

climber
California
Jul 6, 2011 - 09:25pm PT
270 degree view from the Incredible Hulk, 7/3/11.
270 degree view from the Incredible Hulk, 7/3/11.
Credit: Max Neale
kirkadirka

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Jul 7, 2011 - 11:11am PT
Lots of snow still on the backside after hitting the ridge on Positive Vibes last week. Be prepared to do some climbing through snow and wet rock for the ridge traverse and final two pitches to the summit.

I did the entire approach in sandals.
noriko nakagawa

Trad climber
los angeles
Jul 8, 2011 - 07:27pm PT
Thanks all for the great photos and conditions reports.
superbum

Ice climber
Bishop, CA
Jul 11, 2011 - 06:21pm PT
Hulk SMASH!
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2011 - 11:31am PT
Saw and heard of a lot of traffic on Venturi Effect this summer...

Hopefully climbers are being careful of loving the Hulk to death!

Remember to leave no trace!

 Luke
NilsDavis

Trad climber
Bishop
Oct 28, 2011 - 08:10am PT
Glad there's some interest in this. The only reason this topo hasn't been out there is sheer laziness.
This is a great line - one of my favorites.
The timing is a bit off (being november) but here it is nonetheless.
Eye of the Storm, Incredible Hulk
Eye of the Storm, Incredible Hulk
Credit: NilsDavis
NilsDavis

Trad climber
Bishop
Oct 28, 2011 - 02:48pm PT
By the way, those photo topos look good, but the line representing Venturi is a bit off. The first pitch goes left out the undercling to a stance out on the triangular slab, not right (to the corner) like those lines you guys drew in.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jul 26, 2012 - 09:11am PT
HULK SMASH!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 26, 2012 - 09:46am PT
Would be awesome if someone created a route map (like the ones The Alpine and cultureshock posted) of all routes on it including beeline polish route and all other established lines...
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2012 - 12:51pm PT
Vitaliy,

I just updated my hulk beta page and it should have just about everything you need to climb at the Hulk. I've got topos of most routes and I'm working on another route map (I even grabbed your photo of the Solar Flare Topo). If you have an questions/comments/corrections let me know.

Tons of hulk beta:

http://www.dreaminvertical.com/2012/07/incredible-hulk-101-tips-tricks-and-beta/

Here's the latest version of the my Hulk photo topo. Not even halfway done. I'll try to put some more time into it.

Version 1.0 of Hulk Photo Topo
Version 1.0 of Hulk Photo Topo
Credit: cultureshock

Orange - Sunspot
Pink - Positive Vibrations
Blue - Airstream (work in progress)
Green - Ventauri Effect
Yellow - Tradewinds
Purple - Eye of the Storm

Enjoy,

Luke
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 26, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Great page Luke. Do you know if there are any other routes on the right side of the Hulk aside from yours, Fallen Leaf, Fallen Dihedral, RD, and Beeline?

As I understand Fallen Leaf goes up the big dihedral which is just to the left of the crack system that is the Beeline?
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