|Backpack||8.00 Miles|| 17 Hrs || ||0.47 mph|
|2,600 ft AEG|| || || |
This was an unsuccessful attempt to summit under conditions that were anything but conducive to hiking. Deep powder combined with un-crusted snow, dangerous un-scalable ledges, and thick willows in the valley to make just horrible climbing conditions. What took me 2 hours in summer took 12 hours on the 29th. Myself and two other fellows from CA only made it to Lower Boyscout Lake before we decided to turn back. According to frequent climbers this was a safe move as the boulder fields that follow are treacherous under those conditions. Break a leg after falling through the snow type of thing. Still, I wish we would have gone further.
We parked about 1 to 1.25 miles below the trailhead and made good time to the first creek crossing. Then it was a very slow go in waste and chest deep snow. This meant cutting tracks in snow that collapsed as you entered it and would slide down with each step. The 3 of us all agreed that it was the hardest thing we ever did. A group we met camping at the Portal told us they had turned back in our tracks. They also said that last year in January the North Fork had enough snow to cover the willows completely. Those willows were 15 feet tall out of the snow this year. We hope to try again in March.
|I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.|