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#22850 - 04/13/12 07:08 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: wagga]
Jonishiker Offline


Registered: 02/06/12
Posts: 30
Loc: Socal,US
Excuse my absence I have worked my "rear-end" off today complying with bureaucracy,it is tax time.
First off Steve,thank you for your honesty,restraint is a difficult thing and I personally don't believe that this issue is your fault,it appears that you were doing your job by posting a relevant and hot topic.Most people are firmly on one side of this gate or another.
Take a good look at most No Trespassing Signs,in many areas they are full of bullet holes. Strong passions indeed.
If I could ask one favor of someone that uses his full name on every post,please stop the cut and paste partial quote thing.Most of the posts on this blog are quite thoughtful. I would much rather hear what your own experiences have been. Everyone has reasons,I would love to hear more of your story.
So it appears that the work is continuing on the Portal Road, this is good news because of so many budget cuts. I was worried that the repairs and upgrades would stop completely.
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#22857 - 04/13/12 09:33 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: quillansculpture]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Originally Posted By: quillansculpture
Burchey has a girlfriend?


He's mentioned her before.

Which is why he's nothing more than a tease.
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#22858 - 04/13/12 10:22 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: MooseTracks]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7224
Loc: Fresno, CA
And I don't want to discuss girlfriends (most of them in my life brought me more grief than good )

But I DO want to know what the fine was for the friends parking at the Portal.

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#22860 - 04/13/12 11:02 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: wagga]
Burchey
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Originally Posted By: wagga
Yeah! Burchey - Girlfriend picture or it didn't happen.


Bam!


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#22861 - 04/13/12 11:25 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: ]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
OMG!!! I cannot stop laughing! Wow, now this thread is gonna get real good :-) I do love it that she has a psychology book and you have a guitar......
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#22862 - 04/13/12 11:33 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: quillansculpture]
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And please, others are encouraged :-)
p.s. Burchey, you're over your PM limit.... I tried to write you.
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#22881 - 04/15/12 08:01 AM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: quillansculpture]
Burchey
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This thread has become toxic.

Also, I deleted a few messages. Yeah!

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#22911 - 04/16/12 06:48 AM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: ]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Toxic? <insert eye roll>

It'll flame itself out on its own.

But as for actual information:

The road is being cleaned and cleared, people are driving past the sign, person got ticket for passing the sign, others complained about it.

Toxic, indeed.
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#22920 - 04/16/12 09:35 AM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: MooseTracks]
WildTurkey Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Dana Point, Ca
anything new about the road? Will it be closed all the way up till May 1st?

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#22922 - 04/16/12 10:09 AM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: WildTurkey]
LJB Offline


Registered: 02/10/12
Posts: 4
Loc: California
I know the whitney portal campground does not open until May 16, does this mean the road is offically closed until that time?

Also do people camp at whitney portal while it is closed, or do you just park there and start hiking?

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#22977 - 04/17/12 02:00 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: LJB]
SammySam Offline


Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 22
Loc: Tustin, CA
New update from Inyo Natl Forest:

4/14/2012 There is no vehicle access via the Whitney Portal Road,to the Mt. Whitney Trailhead. Experience with snowshoes, crampons, and ice axe is essential. Recent, heavy snow on top of existing snow and ice may create avalanche hazards, and makes conditions that even experienced winter mountaineers should approach with caution. Not recommended for inexperienced hikers until conditions improve. Snow and ice will be deeper at higher elevations and on north facing slopes. Obtain a current Weather Forecast and Avalanche Advisory before visiting. Do not underestimate the severity of winter storms.

No change from the 3/30 update...no idea what it's actually like up there - any locals or people who were just there want to give an update?

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#22978 - 04/17/12 02:19 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: SammySam]
Burchey
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Keep in mind, with the conditions report / warnings - they have to speak to the lowest common denominator (90% of the users on the whitney forums)

They'd rather scare off a few folks that would have been just fine, then rescue / recover a few folks that were in over their heads.

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#23027 - 04/18/12 02:40 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7224
Loc: Fresno, CA
Word from Inyo National Forest is that there is word from the Inyo County road department that, if all goes according to plan with road crew work schedules...

    The Whitney Portal Road should be officially opened Friday, April 27.

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#23028 - 04/18/12 02:45 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 82
Loc: Hills of Granada, CA
like!
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#23098 - 04/20/12 05:18 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Word from Inyo National Forest is that there is word from the Inyo County road department that, if all goes according to plan with road crew work schedules...

The Whitney Portal Road should be officially opened Friday, April 27.


Doug wrote this afternoon (4-20-2012)
Originally Posted By: Doug Sr
Hi Roads open , store will be open in the morning and will have food next weekend.

A real big Thanks to the Forest Service for working on the water system , We had several breaks and a crew came down from Bishop and repaired the next day and are down again working on another break , This damage was from the winds over the winter.


It would be fun to pop in for one of his famous giant pancakes!

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#23099 - 04/20/12 05:39 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Noted. Maybe I'll have some Lone Pine patients next week!
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#23139 - 04/22/12 11:35 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7224
Loc: Fresno, CA
I heard from a friend, who sent a bit more on the tale of the Portal Road and those parking tickets, along with an image of a ticket.

The ticket is a moving violation/Notice to Appear ticket from the CHP officer -- the kind the officer hands you and asks you to sign. The fine for the ticket was reported to be $345!

Looking at the image, the violation is "21462W.E. - Failure to comply with regulatory control device (Road Closed) 'construction'."

Word I got: "some guy had gone up the road and managed to roll his car driving around a big boulder. The car ended up on the road, but upside down. He contacted a tow service, and they told him no way--to contact CHP. So CHP went up, saw the scene, got pissed, then immediately started issuing tickets. Before they were done they had ticketed 34 cars."

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#23140 - 04/22/12 11:54 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Wooo Hooo, California Budget Crisis SOLVED!!!!! Thank you Gov Brown for using your enormous Noggin! Tickets, and as Jon Lovitz used to say on SNL....."yea, that's the ticket".

p.s. I actually got out of a speeding ticket in Pearsonville (395) a few years back..... Yea, it helped my girlfriends dad was head of the Northern Section of the Highway Patrol and asked the officer, "do you know Spike?" (the head of the CHP at the time)..... the officer just looked over at her and said, "you know Spike?"
Drove away feeling really, really lucky.
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#23143 - 04/23/12 10:15 AM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: Steve C]
WildTurkey Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Dana Point, Ca
Originally Posted By: Doug Sr
Hi Roads open , store will be open in the morning and will have food next weekend.



GREAT NEWS!! Did not see this post till this morning. We are heading up to Lone pine tonight to get a good meal for dinner, then will sleep at the portal and leave in the early morning hours for UBSL tomorrow. Thanks to everyone Especially Steve for all the information. Will be back Friday to post a thorough trip report by this weekend. It looks like the weather is going to get interesting, wish us luck!

~Gobble Gobble

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#23322 - 04/26/12 02:24 PM Re: Portal Road Status [Re: WildTurkey]
Quentinc Offline


Registered: 04/26/12
Posts: 5
Loc: So Cal
I was asked to post any updates I received about the Horseshoe Meadow road. I just spoke to Inyo County Roads, and they said they had hoped to open today, but because of all the rock that still needs clearing, it won't be until next week. (I am very bummed -- I had hoped to get over Cottonwood Pass this weekend!)

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