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#43759 - 08/01/15 06:09 PM Snow in White MTS Aug 1
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1017
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Snow was visible after today's storms on White Mts across the Owens Valley from Sierra. Could see it from Mammoth. This is the third day in a row of precipitation thanks to a southerly humid flow. Wonder how the folks on Whitney are doing?

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#43760 - 08/01/15 07:57 PM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: Harvey Lankford]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7598
Loc: Fresno, CA
Looking at today's webcam sequence, hikers had a good day with lots of clouds passing over. Only here this even it looks like rain has finally obscured the view -- starting about 7 PM.

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#43765 - 08/03/15 08:04 AM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: Steve C]
Snacking Bear Online


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 499
Loc: Saugus, CA
I was on Middle Pal on Saturday. We got 4 hours of hail, rain, and lightning. The clouds moved across the valley and dumped on the White Mountains too.
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#43766 - 08/03/15 09:47 AM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: Snacking Bear]
goldscott Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 114
Loc: San Diego, CA
Originally Posted By: Snacking Bear
I was on Middle Pal on Saturday. We got 4 hours of hail, rain, and lightning. The clouds moved across the valley and dumped on the White Mountains too.


I was going to go up and do a couple of the Palisades this past weekend but bailed due to the weather forecast. What'd you do during those 4 hours? And how was Sunday?

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#43768 - 08/03/15 10:29 AM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: goldscott]
Snacking Bear Online


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 499
Loc: Saugus, CA
I made it to the summit by 11:15, it was partly cloudy. I left around noon, got back to the talus by 2:15 (it took me as long to descend as it took me to ascend). It started sprinkling around 1 pm off an on for 1.5 hours.

The deluge began around 2:45, and quickly ratcheted up to stinging hail (so much so, that i kept my helmet on under my rain shell). I exited the moraines right before the hail, so I kept moving, cross country over benches and talus. There was a 30 minute break, around 4:30 when I got back to Finger Lake. Once I reached Brainerd Lake around 5:15 the water works, hail and lightning kicked on again.

I got back to the small tarn above Willow Lake at 5:45, found my camp in a downpour, threw everything (soaked) into my pack and left at 6PM. The rain continued until 7PM and then stopped for the most part. The trail was essentially a creek at this point and I just focused on hoofing it out to the trail head. I reached the road at 8 PM and covered the last mile to the overnight parking lot by 8:20 PM.

Being soaked ain't so bad if you can make it out on the day...


Edited by Snacking Bear (08/03/15 10:31 AM)
Edit Reason: I spel bahd...
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#43769 - 08/03/15 11:30 AM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: Snacking Bear]
goldscott Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 114
Loc: San Diego, CA
Thanks for the details. I'm glad I didn't go! I was planning a linkup of Sill and Polemonium. Maybe this weekend...

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#43770 - 08/03/15 11:36 AM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: goldscott]
Snacking Bear Online


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 499
Loc: Saugus, CA
Those are the next two on my list. Are you doing a day, or multi day trip?

I'm having a hard time finding beta on the false notch between Polemonium and the false saddle...
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#43774 - 08/03/15 05:31 PM Re: Snow in White MTS Aug 1 [Re: Snacking Bear]
goldscott Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 114
Loc: San Diego, CA
I haven't looked into it too much yet. I'm planning on bringing a bag, pad, and bivy sack.

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