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Re: Lyell Canyon May 3-5

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avatar Lyell Canyon May 3-5
May 08, 2014 07:00AM
Wanted to go skiing up around Ireland Lake and Vogelsang, but it just didn't happen. The first problem was that the conditions made travel difficult, the second is that my hiking partner has been going more and more lightweight during summer hiking, and this was his first "winter" overnight trip this season. Which is to say he had difficulty carrying his pack, and skis, and snow gear, and all the other things that make winter packs so heavy.

Anyway, conditions in Lyell Canyon were constant postholing, sometimes in snow, sometimes in mud.

Heading up the trail along Ireland Creek was miserable. About 90% snow covered, with just enough dry ground to make skinning impossible.

The views of the various mountains in the area look like good conditions would be had, if we could get there. But we ran out of time well short of our goal.
avatar Re: Lyell Canyon May 3-5
May 29, 2014 10:14PM
Too bad your trip ended short of your ultimate goal. But hope you still enjoyed your time up in Yosemite.

May is definitely a month of transition in Yosemite. Not very easy to predict at times what conditions one will actually run into.

Thanks for posting the photos nevertheless. Much appreciated.

avatar Re: Lyell Canyon May 3-5
June 02, 2014 06:36PM
Didn't think it needed to be said, but yeah any time in the Yosemite backcountry, or anywhere in the Sierra, is a good time.

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