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#17911 - 08/29/11 06:57 PM Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake
thaynes71 Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Birmingham, AL
We are heading up Oct 3/4th for a first attempt of Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route. I am hoping to shave a few ounces here and there, and was wondering if I can leave my tent stakes at home. By the look of the photos of UBSL and Iceberg Lake, it appears I would do better pitching my tent with medium sized rocks vs. traditional stakes. Any tips from the many veterans on here are greatly appreciated.

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#17912 - 08/29/11 07:29 PM Re: Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake [Re: thaynes71]
Burchey
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Leaving them at home would be wise. We used rocks at USBL for anchors - they are plentiful, and the ground is often no good for stakes. Make sure you have a decent way to attach them to your tent/fly - large loops or extra cord.

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#17923 - 08/29/11 10:57 PM Re: Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake [Re: thaynes71]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7881
Loc: Fresno, CA
You're coming a long way for such a late summer / autumn trip. Just BE SURE to watch the weather forecast for any incoming storms. (Weather links are in the box on the left.)

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#17955 - 08/30/11 02:25 PM Re: Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake [Re: thaynes71]
2600fromatari Offline


Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 453
Loc: San Diego
Hey, I was just in your neck of the woods a few hours ago. I second the two dudes above; leave the stakes at home and watch out for the weather. It's going to be erratic really soon, and the MR would not be fun with a slippery thin layer of snow and ice.

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#17981 - 08/31/11 01:06 PM Re: Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake [Re: Steve C]
thaynes71 Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Thanks to all for the advice. I know it's a late trip and I hope we can do it without problems. We all have discussed the possibility that we may have to turn back if the forecast isn't great. Snow is of course a possiblity by October.

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#18018 - 09/03/11 09:18 AM Re: Advice on UBSL and Iceberg Lake [Re: thaynes71]
bobpickering Offline


Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 432
Loc: Reno, Nevada
If you're serious about saving weight, do it as a day hike.

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