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#53387 - 06/09/18 10:27 PM Mount Langley 6/9/2018 via New Army Pass
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Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 98
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
I dayhiked Mount Langley via New Army Pass. The pass is not fully clear - there is cornice and loose snow right at the rim. There was a path through snow and rocks with minimal exposure that made it easy. I took a look down Old Army Pass from the top and it looked a bit dicey but I understand there were some hikers who used this route today. There was sporadic wet snow toward the top but nothing created any issues.

Here are some pics of Langley and the view North (including Whitney):






Edited by BFR (06/09/18 10:28 PM)
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#53443 - 06/12/18 09:04 PM Re: Mount Langley 6/9/2018 via New Army Pass [Re: BFR]
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Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 3
Loc: Tulsa, OK
Thanks a lot for this report. I'm hoping to hike Whitney later this month, but since I'm relatively unexperienced and making this trip alone, I'm not sure an eastern ascent (via the Mount Whitney Trail) is my best option, given that the switchbacks' status remains unclear.

I'd started looking into western ascents earlier today, focusing on the route from Horseshoe Meadows that cuts across New Army Pass. Then I was turned off by the NPS' description, dated 6/6, of the "100ft vertical wall of ice and snow at the top of New Army Pass." (That description is here: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/trailcond.htm.)

But it seems, based on your description, that New Army Pass was actually in pretty decent shape as of 6/9. When you explained that the "path through snow and rocks with minimal exposure..made it easy," were you using an ice axe and crampons? Or were those not even needed?

Thanks in advance for clearing this up-- and again for posting your trip report!

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#53452 - 06/13/18 09:40 AM Re: Mount Langley 6/9/2018 via New Army Pass [Re: NA327]
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Registered: 04/07/16
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Loc: Santa Monica, CA
Originally Posted By: NA327

But it seems, based on your description, that New Army Pass was actually in pretty decent shape as of 6/9. When you explained that the "path through snow and rocks with minimal exposure..made it easy," were you using an ice axe and crampons? Or were those not even needed?


Nothing was needed but hiking poles would be helpful for balance. There is a short path up snow and rocks that has minimal exposure.
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#53453 - 06/13/18 09:56 AM Re: Mount Langley 6/9/2018 via New Army Pass [Re: BFR]
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Registered: 06/12/18
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Loc: Tulsa, OK
Got it-- thanks again!

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#53493 - 06/14/18 12:06 PM Re: Mount Langley 6/9/2018 via New Army Pass [Re: BFR]
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Registered: 08/03/17
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Loc: San Diego, CA
Great shot of Mt Whitney. Zooming in, you can barely see the hut up on top!

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