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Opinion wanted
#105 09/28/09 12:19 PM
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I'm planning one more trip to Whitney this year - another day hike on the 14th. Hurdles to overcome - No permit, weather, two newbies (15/F and 45/M). I'm not too worried about the permit since it's the middle of Oct and the middle of the week. The weather factor has me worried somewhat. I've been snowed on and rained on before but only while responsible for myself. I've made it very clear that I will pull the plug on this trip if the weather bothers me in the slightest. I'm not too worried about the newbies since I've hiked with them before, BUT - once again niether has been over 11,000 feet.

So, what's your opinion? What are the odds I'll have decent weather that day? 40/60? 50/50? No way?

My goals are the same as always - #1 return to the truck safely, #2 have fun, #3 get some great pics and #4 try to summit.

Counting my 1st trip up with my brother this will be newbie 5 and 6 I've hiked with towards the summit. The other four all made it, but that's probably more luck than anything.............................................DUG

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DUG #106 09/28/09 02:19 PM
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I think odds of decent weather are better than 60/40. Storms in October are few and far between, so if you watch the forecast, you should be ok in that department.

As for the newbies, if you keep taking different people, it is just a matter of time before you take someone who is adversely affected by the altitude. It is like rolling the dice -- one of these times it will happen. Just be sure, like you did with your son, that they snack regularly and stay hydrated so those factors don't get in the way.

And I hope you have both good weather AND altitude-resistant hikers. cool

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Steve C #107 09/28/09 05:18 PM
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I have to say that I was VERY interested in your answer, Steve, as I contemplate being in the area close to that same time frame wink

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The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
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Bee #108 09/28/09 09:04 PM
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That's quite a coincidence!

Hmmmm.... me too. cool

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Steve C #118 09/29/09 05:11 AM
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Everyone going up the same week or the same DAY?...............................................DUG

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DUG #119 09/29/09 07:36 AM
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The wpsmb group hike is just a few days after your hike.

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Steve C #121 09/29/09 08:15 AM
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FWIW. Well I'll be on the other side. I'll be in Yosemite the 13th-15th.Mid week Anniversary celebration.

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Steve C #130 09/29/09 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
The wpsmb group hike is just a few days after your hike.


Oh yeah, I forgot. I'll be in the desert outside of Victorville with my 2 1/2 ton military truck that weekend - my OTHER hobby. smile You guys have fun and stay safe on you hike. You too Doc! I'll wave to you if I get high enough.................DUG

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Steve C #142 09/30/09 06:54 AM
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Dug,

I went to June Lake in mid-October for 10 consecutive years. We had snow 3 times...about a 1' each time.

One year there was a lot of wind with it but we had no problem getting to June Lake or up in to Tuolumne and out to Lower Cathedral Lake.

Altitude resistance is another story entirely...I can do anything local without chemical but...overnight is another story. I take Diamox, if my overnight location is 8,360' or above.

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wbtravis #143 09/30/09 07:39 AM
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Last October my wife and I arrived in Fish Camp on Thurs. afternoon, temp in high 70's so we sat out by the pool and basked in the sun reading. Woke up to a fresh layer of snow on Friday that closed many of the roads in and around Yosemite. That negated a planned hike with Steve C, Wagga and "The Moosie". We met up in the Valley and introduced ourselves anyways.As it is said if you don't like the weather in the Sierras wait an hour.

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Rod #144 09/30/09 07:47 AM
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They had snow on Tioga Pass yesterday, but it is supposed to warm up thru the weekend. Eye witness weather!

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Bee that is a real weather report.

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Rod #146 09/30/09 10:13 AM
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More often then not, the weather is decent with a sometime indian summer thrown in. Having said that, I was reading Sheckter's report out of Mammoth, which in summary, says, "....UPPER RIDGING IS EXPECTED TO FOLLOW.......BEGINNING THE WEEKEND OF THE 11TH. NICE WARM INDIAN SUMMER WEATHER IS LOOKING POSSIBLE THAT FOLLOWING WEEK. STAY TUNED>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Paul #147 09/30/09 10:30 AM
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Well, the good part is my buddy is driving so I'm not paying for gas and my other friend is sending her daughter with enough $$ to pick up the tab for the burgers. If we get weather and have to pull out early, I won't be out much but time..........................DUG


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