Sierra Mountain Center

California’s premier mountaineering school and guide service – Bishop, CA

Mini Mountain Camp June 27-29

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Dave Meyers put together a custom trip with his sons Grant and Nick after climbing Whitney via the Trail Route a little earlier.
The boys were tired after all of that exertion and after a day of rock climbing at Benton Crags Nick decided that his body and feet were sore so SP, SMC’s 2010 intern Aaron, Dave and headed up Rock Creek Canyon to camp at Mills Lake.
Summer really hit the Sierra over the last few days and temperatures were hot.
We spent the afternoon of Day 2 working on snow skills above Mills Lake.
Still lots of snow out there and the uppper lakes ares till frozen.
But the increasing temps gave a cycle of wet avalanches. A group climbing Abbot late in the day had a slide come down over their tracks while they were onthe summit.
So we avoided this by getting an early start and were hiking before 6.00am.
The snow was pretty good and we all made fast time and were onthe top by 10.00 and then back in camp by 1.00pm.
A fast time.
The view from the top looked more like May then the end of June with snow covering most slopes and lakes frozen.
We packed up and headed out getting back to the parking lot in two hours from camp.
A great trip and a great team to work with.

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Written by SP Parker

July 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. very interesting, how was the col up dade? Still plenty of soft snow to kick steps in, or is it getting icy requiring crampons and front pointing.

    cheers!

    Cranston Dor

    July 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm


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