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Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2011 (Out-of-Date)
Steve C #20310 12/21/11 07:00 AM
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How is the mountaineers route looking? I know this thread is specific to the main trail, but I did not see another specific to that route. Enough snow to merit snowshoes?

Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2011 (Out-of-Date)
anthobuss #20311 12/21/11 08:03 AM
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I don't think snowshoes would be good on the MR due to steepness of sections and such. All winter, professional guides take people up the MR, and I have always seen them using winter boots and crampons. And ice axe too, of course!

Look at the other pictures in the link above. The snow levels in the MR will be similar to the Main Trail.


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Steve C #20320 12/21/11 04:50 PM
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Will definitely have the usual climbing gear: crampons, axe, etc.... However, in your opinion, would snow shoes be advisable for lower approach portion of the trail? I.e. road and/or portal to Upper Boyscout or Iceberg?

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anthobuss #20324 12/21/11 08:12 PM
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If I were going, I'd leave snow shoes home. You might encounter some deeper drifts where snow shoes would help, but the majority is going to be 6" or so deep.

Snow is too thin to walk over the bushes in the north fork drainage, so the Ebersbacher Ledges will be the way to go. Be sure you have crampons ready for that, as the exposure combined with potential ice could be dicey.

And take pictures for all of us!

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Steve C #20338 12/22/11 05:46 PM
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Will do!

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