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#50833 - 07/11/17 09:36 PM 7/11 Solo Day Summit
dwr65 Offline


Registered: 06/16/17
Posts: 4
Loc: Los Angeles CA
Solo 1- day summit Tuesday 7/11. Started from Portal @3:20. At summit by 11:00/11:10. Back to Portal by 5. Up and down the chute to TrailCrest. Used micro spikes and ice axe. Both are a must for chute, spikes a minimum. Several people summited using switch backs only, no spikes or axe. I just don't know how or where they got onto switchbacks. Doug @ Portal Store likely has details.

Snow on chute was getting slushy by 6:30/7. Suggest to use old Main Trail out of Portal to avoid 1st water crossing, logs at lone pine lake are intact. You will get your feet wet at Bighorn Park and crossing over to Outpost Camp. Most other crossing are doable, but a lot of water on the trail. Glissade down the chute in afternoon with ice axe is OK due slushy snow to help slow you down. Stay out of main glissade toboggan run. Must hang onto axe very tight as some shallow rocks will try to yank from your hand.

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#50851 - 07/12/17 12:46 PM Re: 7/11 Solo Day Summit [Re: dwr65]
drdrew Offline


Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 3
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: dwr65
Glissade down the chute in afternoon with ice axe is OK due slushy snow to help slow you down. Stay out of main glissade toboggan run.


@dwr65 could you perhaps tell me why you suggest not taking the toboggan run that everyone else is using?

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#50852 - 07/12/17 12:56 PM Re: 7/11 Solo Day Summit [Re: drdrew]
JBird2001 Offline


Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 1
Loc: San Diego, CA
Originally Posted By: drdrew
Originally Posted By: dwr65
Glissade down the chute in afternoon with ice axe is OK due slushy snow to help slow you down. Stay out of main glissade toboggan run.


@dwr65 could you perhaps tell me why you suggest not taking the toboggan run that everyone else is using?


Hi drdrew, perhaps I could answer that question, as I, too, summitted solo yesterday, July 11. The main toboggan run is well worn and has exposed rock, making it dangerous to use further. There are several less worn parallel tracks you could glissade down safely.


Edited by JBird2001 (07/12/17 12:57 PM)

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#50853 - 07/12/17 01:13 PM Re: 7/11 Solo Day Summit [Re: JBird2001]
drdrew Offline


Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 3
Loc: California
Thank you, JBird2001 ! Your insights are greatly appreciated and they will save me from an extra sore rear end on Saturday.

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#50866 - 07/12/17 09:04 PM Re: 7/11 Solo Day Summit [Re: drdrew]
dwr65 Offline


Registered: 06/16/17
Posts: 4
Loc: Los Angeles CA
Yes exactly what JBird said !

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