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#32944 - 08/26/13 10:07 AM White Mtn in Fall & Winter
yvonne Offline


Registered: 04/25/13
Posts: 20
Loc: California
So just finished my summer training for Whitney, which we did relatively pain free last Tuesday(yay! its just a long day!). I am interested in keeping whatever higher elevation exposure I can throughout the fall & winter as best as am able to. What's the story on getting closer to White Mtn during the cooler months? I am down in So Cal so will def hit San G & San J as often as possible. Thanks!

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#32951 - 08/26/13 04:55 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: yvonne]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1239
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
White Mtn. is a long way from winter's road end. My guess it is best done as a ski tour during those months.

I've been up to Schulman Grove in May a few times, when you can drive as far as Sierra View, ~9,800' to 9,900'. We snowshoed the grove and explored the mine adits, which are visible from the road. I do remember someone trying read the peak utilizing snowshoes and a sled, failing both times he tried it.

San Jacinto is fairly easy as long as there isn't a blizzard howling. A blizzard makes it more interesting and fun, though. San Gorgonio is a bit of challenge requiring climbing gear from both sides.

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#32953 - 08/26/13 07:44 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: yvonne]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 780
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
The White Mountain road is usually closed during the winter which, as WBTravis has said, makes for a long ski or snowshoe to White Mountain Peak.

The Mount Barcroft Station provides tons of weather data:

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/weather/barc.html

The Winter weather in the White Mountains can be quite radical. The highest wind recorded at White Mountain Peak was 162.4 MPH in December, 1968. Temperatures can reach well below -25 F.


Edited by Bob West (08/26/13 07:51 PM)

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#32954 - 08/26/13 08:24 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: Bob West]
Fishmonger Offline


Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1025
Loc: Madison, WI
White Mtn west ridge is a nice 9000 foot climb in winter with enough snow.

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#32966 - 08/27/13 03:35 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: Fishmonger]
yvonne Offline


Registered: 04/25/13
Posts: 20
Loc: California
thanks for the info all! appreciate it.

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#32967 - 08/27/13 04:54 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: Fishmonger]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Originally Posted By: Fishmonger
White Mtn west ridge is a nice 9000 foot climb in winter with enough snow.


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#32968 - 08/27/13 05:04 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: MooseTracks]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7228
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: MooseTracks
Originally Posted By: Fishmonger
White Mtn west ridge is a nice 9000 foot climb in winter with enough snow.


Can I git 'n AMEN!! wink


You got it, MooseTracks! ...went looking for your trip report, but can't find it right now. That's way more mountain than I'd ever want to do in a day. tired

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#33007 - 08/31/13 10:14 AM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: yvonne]
bobpickering Offline


Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 311
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Here is a trip report. Laura, didn't you write a much longer TR on a winter ascent?

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#33032 - 09/04/13 09:58 AM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: bobpickering]
63ChevyII.com Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 670
Loc: Colton, California
I realize it varies year to year, but when does snow usually start accumulating on White Mtn?

My father in law is visiting from NH next month. I'm not too optimistic, but we are hoping for a Mt. Whitney or White Mtn hike the week of Oct 13th.
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#33034 - 09/04/13 11:14 AM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: bobpickering]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Originally Posted By: bobpickering
Here is a trip report. Laura, didn't you write a much longer TR on a winter ascent?


Here you go, guys.
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#33038 - 09/04/13 12:08 PM Re: White Mtn in Fall & Winter [Re: MooseTracks]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7228
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks, Laura. I really like your pictures, too:
West Ridge White Mountain, 3-27-10
That trip is such an awesome accomplishment!




63C2: You won't know until Oct 10 or so rolls around. It could be a dry fall ...or not. I once climbed Sawtooth peak out of Mineral King first week of November. You don't have nearly the number of daylight hours, but when it is dry, hiking is good.



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