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Overnite at the Notch
#25368 06/23/12 11:20 PM
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Spent Thursday night at portal went down to get a MR walk in permit at 8am at Inyo office they had 2 left..Nice day for a walk up the MR with a breeze off and on, got to the notch at 5pm dropped a few things off and went up the 400 took me 30min.to the top of notch starting on left side and hanging on right side rest of the way up.On summit at 6pm and 40deg very nice up there, came down far left side though the blocks then down the chute..

Had a nice dinner of chicken noodle soup and bread, and watched a beauty of a sunset.Then as the sun set the wind came up and blew all night shakeing my Uber Bivy for yea all night got maybe 3hrs sleep with 2 mild sleeping pills..Laying on my back my head would roll back and forth with the bivy so I would lay on my side and it helped..Got up at 10pm and 1:30am and the night sky full of stars it was awesome(better than Torrance) smile..

In the early morning hrs I checked the temps of outside 26deg. inside my bivy 39deg. and inside my 32deg bag was 63deg.

When I left this morning(saturday)it was 24, met 2 climbers about to do the East Buttress and thay said it was 30 at iceberg lake..

Another fun filled couple days at whitney..

Doug Jr thanks for that always great BLT sandwich for lunch..

mark
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MR at the Notch


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Tea for One


Moon and Sunset


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So.BayMark #25370 06/24/12 06:59 AM
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Good going, Baymark! Looks like a good bivvy spot. Your second picture of the approach to the MR is one of the best.


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So.BayMark #25374 06/24/12 02:25 PM
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Mark,
great trip and bivy...

can you tell me the snow/ice conditions of the MR?

thanks,

Bill

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Bill #25379 06/24/12 06:12 PM
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Thanks Bill..more than 3/4 of the 400 snow and ice free, where there is just walk around..

mark

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So.BayMark #25380 06/24/12 07:02 PM
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Mark,

how about up to the notch... snow or ice?

are you saying the entire MR can be done show free?

thanks,

bill

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Bill #25403 06/25/12 05:55 PM
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yep, no snow or ice, just dry rock..

check these out I didn't throw these up before..

Click below

MR and Chute


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So.BayMark #25408 06/26/12 08:04 AM
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Thanks Mark... nice pics...

hey, that last one, 054... is that a view of the 'traverse' route out of the notch?

if so, doesn't look good to traverse, eh?

thanks again,

Bill

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Bill #25410 06/26/12 08:56 AM
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Bill, is this the one you are referring to?


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Steve C #25483 06/28/12 09:44 PM
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Yes... that's the pic I was refering to... is that a view of the traverse after the notch?

thanks,

bill

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Bill #25484 06/28/12 10:11 PM
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Yes, that path has been called the "easy walkoff", but it would only be easy if the snow offers good footing. I wouldn't touch it if there were any ice.

The base of the "Final 400" begins with a big step up from the little snow patch in the bottom left area of the picture.


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