Winter Traverses in the High Sierra Nevada

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khanom

climber
good question
Sep 11, 2009 - 09:38am PT
Thanks for the link to those photos Victor.
Bob Harrington

climber
Bishop, California
Sep 12, 2009 - 10:17am PT
Man, doing that in winter would be tough. Good try Victor. I've been across that Middle to Clyde section a couple of times, and it seems like it would be desperate with snow on it. Loose, north facing, exposed...
superbum

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 13, 2009 - 07:30pm PT
I would say no way, skis/snowshoes are a must for the approach. We opted for snowshoes because, well, we both suck at skiing. We left them at Southfork pass and picked them up later. We would have LOVED to have them on the hike out...but would have hated to climb w/ them. A perfect scenerio would have skis/shoes for the hike in, then leave them and have skis/shoes cached at your exit point...well, it's only perfect if you make it to your exit point...
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:20pm PT
Whoa, hold on there. The Redline was a lark on the year of years when the entire Sierra was filled to the brim - maybe overflowing. I have not seen it form up like 82-83 since. Any part of the Sierra Crest should keep anyone overjoyed to spend a week exploring the nooks and crannies. So many things to do. I sure much badder lines have been put down - and connected from time to time. Post up hombres! It wasn't the skiing - it was the companionship that shone through during those BIG winters. Everyone on the Eastside was floored, going out and coming back with a stoke to beat all.

I'll post up a shot or two eventually. I think Allan's quote goes something like, "I can't believe we skied what we skied on those skis"? or something like that? Hattrup remembers the saying. Anyway old timers in checked shirts and leather knickers would have done it 50-60 years earlier if it had been in Europe. Maybe earlier. True of all the route. With the new skis (boards too) the lines should be so much prouder and not nearly as conditions dependent. We finished a section on June 21st - and the skiing wasn't all corn even then!!!

The wider boards make the "connections" more difficult - Large legs and bigger lungs are required. That is why those lightweight noodles worked for us. But...there is some progressive stuff out there that could ease the pain. We didn't do the half of what we set out to do - honest. Each major peak in the Sierra has at least 4 mega descents - you can see them beaconing from the valley floor. Seems like a lifetime of dreamy lineups to me.

Pretty sure over the years there are some jealous quiet types who have been checking these out and leaving only signatures. GOOD ON THEM!
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
Orland Bartholomew was the"man"! DR I have a copy of his diary. Very different than Gene's stoic book about the traverse. He shows a active wit and the descriptions are fantastic. I got a copy form Messick when Howard W. and the crew skied the route about 10? years ago. Walleye would know. I should get a copy to you someday so we can scan it.

Skiing tech has changed too. We jumped so (too) high to clear our tails. The boots were so limp and the bindings loose that was the tactic for survival. Much steeper stuff could be skied with lite skis these days. Maysho is probably over the hill? His strategy and verve has shown us all what can be accomplished.

Forgot this was about traverses (climbing) SP and that team over there probably know more than most.
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:22pm PT
We need to get JP in on these threads Carter, bad English grammar and all. And where's Bela? Like you, such a Sierra source of knowledge.
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 04:25pm PT
Pate -

JP? I do not know who is who here?

And, you, Pate, lend me a hint!

Anybody done a 20,000' day in the Sierra yet?
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 04:33pm PT
I smell funky smoke...... Jean was leading the way and you were gassing the jokes at the back of the line way back when in the Butte on the AMGA thing.

Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 15, 2009 - 11:14am PT
Oh yeah "That" JP!

He is one-of-a-kind.

"We are going on a ski saf-a-ree" = safari!!!
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 15, 2009 - 11:34am PT


June 1983



Nice snow in April
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 15, 2009 - 11:44am PT
Hey Carter,

What years did you guys actually ski the Red Line? I keep wondering...

I just re-read yours and Alan's Redline article. It's SO good. I'm tempted to type it in here.

Impressive that you have Orland's journal. Man, I want to read it, so thanks for the offer.
Misha

Trad climber
Woodside, CA
Sep 15, 2009 - 11:45am PT
superbum - nice job with the full traverse! Did you do the Northwest Ridge of Winchell on the way down from its summit?
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 15, 2009 - 12:15pm PT


DR-

Cox skiing NF Whitney 1982 (1st year) note original Dana Designs Terraplane (25 lbs total) That was the Rule. We called it "fueling" instead of eating. Pretty light for us - but heck it was May? What were we worried about?




Powder in the Great Basin



Looking at the North Face from Russel. AB.



Looking out towards Mineral King zone



Cirque Crest



Coxy, AB & Dan Asay somewhere north of Whitney



Feeling Small





Coming at ya?
le_bruce

climber
Oakland: what's not to love?
Sep 15, 2009 - 07:13pm PT
Incredible pics, Fuzzywuzzy, and great thread everyone.
superbum

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 18, 2009 - 02:59am PT
Misha: Yes, yes we did. That beast of a steep ridge was not exactly what we wanted to see after a long day from Sill...Good clean solid rock though, thank gawd.

Me preping a rap on the NW Ridge of Winchell at 5am:



The steep and exposed NW ridge of Winchell:



The summit of Winchell is on the left...our bivy was just below a prominent 80'spire just to the right of the firs BIG notch...and the photo was taken from near the southeas tridge of Aggassizzzzz:

superbum

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 18, 2009 - 03:08am PT
PS: I'm still single....
superbum

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 8, 2010 - 12:31am PT
ok...not single anymore...cross yer fingers for me!
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Feb 8, 2010 - 02:34am PT
superbum-

That was an awesome Pic TR! Proud work!
superbum

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 20, 2010 - 08:54pm PT
WINTER IS OVER! You snooze you loose. Untill next year....
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Mar 20, 2010 - 09:07pm PT
Hardcore Sh#t,..I thought only DR and Galen ever did that stuff. That's what dream's are made off, Thanks.
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