Saturday was spent at Cardinal Pinnacle, learning how to use snow shoes, step kicking, and climbing in big plastic boots on the Regular Route. We made it back to the truck just ahead of dark and made plans for the next day.
Sunday we met in June Lake and went climbing on lower Horsetail Falls. For Scott and Larry, the three laps we climbed were a high point of the week. Afterwards we had a few beers at the Tiger Bar, talked books, and made plans for Mt. Morrison.
Andrew, SMC's intern, joined us at Convict Lake on Monday and we hiked up to Lake 2980 in the upper Tobacco Flats at 9777 feet. The snow was very wind-packed, and it took the four of us two hours to dig out a two-man snow cave for Larry and Scott. Andrew and I opted to sleep on the benches of the snow kitchen instead.
|Hiking to camp in upper Tobacco Flats|
I turned around. "That's it guys!" I yelled above the wind's howl, "I'm pulling the plug!"
"Thanks Chris!" Larry yelled back, "It was startin' to get hard!!"
Statistics: Cardinal Pillar, Regular Route, 4th class and 5.6, Bishop. Lower Horsetail Falls, WI3, June Lake. Mt. Morrison (12,277 feet), NE Corner, Steep Snow, Mammoth Lakes. 4 days total.