Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Fully Summer

Optimal route condition and great weather systems are starting to line up with one another.  Longer trail approaches on the West Side of the mountain are melting out which facilitates access to some rarely climbed gems.  The freezing level has been hovering between 12,000 feet to 14,000 feet making for comfortable climbs.  Mid-July has historically been the busiest time up high on the mountain - and for good reason.

Crevasses are starting to open wider, and as the summer wears on, the routes that navigate along glaciers become more circuitous.  Longer summit climbs aren't necessarily the worst thing, but they can put climbers crossing bridges and overhangs during the warmest part of the day.

Notable events in the last week include a posse of "mono-skiers" on the Muir Snowfield, the opening of the new Carbon River Ranger Station in the often overlooked northwestern part of the park, and black bears starting to make their way into the alpine meadows.  Come on up and enjoy prime-time at the park!