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What size backpack for early season day trip Owen Strolle 04/12/24 11:56 PM
Hello, I'm new to this forum and here with a question! I'm planning on attempting to climb and ski Whitney at the end of April this year and I'm wondering if anyone had backpack size recommendations. My plans are to do it in one day, so no overnight gear. For anyone who has done a ski ascent day trip, what size pack did you bring? I have tested packed a Dakine 36L and an old Osprey 48L. Osprey seemed a bit big, and the Dakine just barely fit everything so I'm wondering If I need to buy something in between. Thanks!
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Re: Lottery Results Snacking Bear 04/09/24 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Steve C
Joshua, after those two trips, either she's a keeper or she'll be fleeing for someone/someplace more civilized! grin

Haha, this will be the REAL test.
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Re: Lottery Results 60North 04/09/24 07:45 AM
Looks like it’ll be an interesting May, June. The Sierra snow pack picked up steam late this year and is on track for the second largest in a few years, 2023 being pretty much off the recent charts.
Looking back in the threads here, 2023 had discussions into August on snow conditions on the 99 switchbacks. 2022 and 2021 had significantly smaller snow packs. In 2022, no comments that I could see on trail snow conditions around May, June. Probably a sign that people are getting up and down okay. Back in 2021, there’s commentary that the main trail was pretty much snow free by middle of May. 2020, a little later snowpack, but not huge, there’s pictures & discussion around June 23rd about the trail reopening. Looks manageable. 2019, another relatively decent snowpack and there are some notes around 1st week July that’s there was a lot of snow on the trail.
Probably still a toss-up right now if the 99 switchbacks will be navigable without some equipment in late June, even if microspikes. Could be more snow in the coming weeks and who knows how fast it’ll all melt.
Overall my money is with bobpickering succeeding with crampons, June 19th. 40 times up, that’s a ton of know-how and experience. A legend.

Snow pack charts here. And, this isn’t necessarily a Whitney predictor. I think it’s Phillips Station data, west of Tahoe. Whitney is its own thing.
https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-sierra-snowpack-2024-records-drought-history/
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Re: Lottery Results bobpickering 04/08/24 03:42 PM
I'm planning my 40th ascent June 19. I'm going, crampons necessary, or not. I'm guessing the MR will require crampons and axe, and the trail may not.
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Re: Lottery Results hikermama77 04/08/24 03:37 PM
That's close to my date. What are your thoughts on the snow levels at that time?
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Re: Lottery Results hikermama77 04/08/24 03:36 PM
Hi, I got a permit for late June, but I'm going to be watching snow levels to see if it's possible to go without having an ice ax/mountaineering equipment. If anyone else is watching at that time period, would love to know thoughts! It will be my first time.
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