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avatar Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 08:03AM
Figure you guys will probably like this stuff.

Yosemite


Middle


Bridalveil


A wee bit cold this weekend. entire length of Bridalveil was frozen with a snow cone below



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Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 08:37AM
Very nice... and cold looking! Brrrr...
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 08:41AM
Awesome! I've never hike up the Yosemite Falls trail in winter. Thanks for posting.
Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 10:20AM
more please
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 10:34AM
Here's the snow coney:



I'll put a few more pix this week sometime.



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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 11:41AM
Totally cool! Thanks for posting the photos and the video.
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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 01:51PM
A couple more. Sorry about the voices on the Bridalveil one. Old dood pontificating.
And of course don't try this at home (I'm not responsible for your actions)









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Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 02:11PM
Love the sights and sounds from the cave.Brings back special memories.



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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 03:51PM
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chick-on

Sorry about the voices on the Bridalveil one. Old dood pontificating.
And of course don't try this at home (I'm not responsible for your actions)




So is it true that the bride's veil of Bridalveil Fall got "wiped out" by the 1997 flood as the lady in your video espouses?

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Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 06:40PM
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plawrence
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chick-on

Sorry about the voices on the Bridalveil one. Old dood pontificating.
And of course don't try this at home (I'm not responsible for your actions)




So is it true that the bride's veil of Bridalveil Fall got "wiped out" by the 1997 flood as the lady in your video espouses?

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She has no idea what she is talking about as far as I know. Supposedly the name is from when the wind will blow a gently flowing fall across the face.

That is amazing how the icicles are up on the face, and clinging to the bushes.
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 08:12PM
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hotrod4x5

Supposedly the name is from when the wind will blow a gently flowing fall across the face.

That's what I thought too. That effect often occurs in August and September of a normal snowpack year.
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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 07:19PM
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plawrence
So is it true that the bride's veil of Bridalveil Fall got "wiped out" by the 1997 flood as the lady in your video espouses?
Not really buying it... but I'll admit the more I read about all the history of the park there is so much to learn.
One of the things I love about the park.



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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 08:14PM
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chick-on

but I'll admit the more I read about all the history of the park there is so much to learn.
One of the things I love about the park.

Agreed.

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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 03:34PM
So cool. Also interesting to hear what Old Dude sounds like.
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 07:29PM
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yosemitejim
So cool. Also interesting to hear what Old Dude sounds like.

Please be sure you don't confuse me with the woman. My voice was the lower in pitch of the two.



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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 02:40PM
Nice!!

Thanks for posting.
Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 03:59PM
These are great. Again you take me places that I can't go. Thanks
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 07:28PM
Thanks for the pics and video, pontification and all.

Out of curiosity, how was the passage up the (Upper Yosemite) switchbacks with the snow? Assume snowshoes.
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 07:38PM
We only went to the point to get into the cave. The trail is trodden by so many peeps that
snowshoes are rarely required until you get to the very top... if at all...
You aren't quite in the BIG switchers at the turn down to the cave... but def. no snowshoes
required. In the past we have walked up to the top and camped up there
and have come down with snowshoes on to about the traverse area.
Normally snowshoeing where a zillion people are postholing is just a pain
in the rump though.
Much like Snow Creek Trail it's rare you have to bust the trail and not very common
to have to put snowshoes on until up on the rim.
If you bring some video enjoyment then going into sleepy bag at 5pm is no biggie.
(sorry foks but I can only stare at the stars for a few hours before needing some
modern technological enjoyment... thank you very much)



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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 08:10PM
Cool, thanks. Gives me options to think about for a trip in the next few weeks..

My 'short days' question in the Sentinel thread was partly overcome by the 'two nights' thing...if I'm traveling most of the day but have all of the next day to enjoy the area, that's pretty good. If I don't have daylight hours to enjoy where I am on a one-night trip, then that's an issue. I've been taking my iPod Touch for long-night trips, haven't loaded it with videos but it does have a reasonable supply of music.



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Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 08:40PM
Thanks for the pix and video. Is there snow in the valley right now?
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 07:12AM
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LRK
Thanks for the pix and video. Is there snow in the valley right now?
Yes. Actually there has been snow in the valley all winter so far.
Check out the Ahwahnee Meadow cam.



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Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 06:54PM
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chick-on
We only went to the point to get into the cave. The trail is trodden by so many peeps that
snowshoes are rarely required until you get to the very top... if at all...
You aren't quite in the BIG switchers at the turn down to the cave... but def. no snowshoes
required. In the past we have walked up to the top and camped up there
and have come down with snowshoes on to about the traverse area.
Normally snowshoeing where a zillion people are postholing is just a pain
in the rump though.
Much like Snow Creek Trail it's rare you have to bust the trail and not very common
to have to put snowshoes on until up on the rim.
If you bring some video enjoyment then going into sleepy bag at 5pm is no biggie.
(sorry foks but I can only stare at the stars for a few hours before needing some
modern technological enjoyment... thank you very much)

Ooo ooo I want to go behind the snow cone! So right before the big switch backs, I head down to the right, correct? Somewhere around the point on this arrow?





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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 07:05PM
Don't get your hopes up too high. The cave is filling up with snow... and
the waterfall may make it quite dicey.

Read this:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,60663,60663#msg-60663
It says easiest way to get into cave.... and look at the photos...
and then look at the video here:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,63056,63110#msg-63110



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Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 07:38PM
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chick-on
Don't get your hopes up too high. The cave is filling up with snow... and
the waterfall may make it quite dicey.

Read this:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,60663,60663#msg-60663
It says easiest way to get into cave.... and look at the photos...
and then look at the video here:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,63056,63110#msg-63110

Right. But take a look at this photo:


and this link:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,60663,60915#msg-60915

The reason that there is no shrubbery along the bottom of the face is that the snow slides down and piles up here every winter. It melts fast, too, against this natural reflector, but don't be surprised if the amount of snow here bears little relation to the amount on the trail...
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 08:37PM
Um... ah...
You do realize that you are making the same points that I'm trying to get him to think about.
Right?
By look at the photos... I meant your photos... and then to look at the video and see that
the gully you or your buddy is in is filled in with snow. And that you have to hike down that...
and that you will definitely want hiking sticks... and maybe something other than yaktrax.
Especially if the snow has become very hard.
Also bear in mind... I had to hike down that snow slope to get into the cave to get the
video above... and that the waterfall was much less then than it is now.
Anyway, we're on the same page... I just don't think you realize it.

Regards,
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avatar Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 08:11PM
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chick-on
Don't get your hopes up too high. The cave is filling up with snow... and
the waterfall may make it quite dicey.

Falling ice might be a problem too. It certainly makes enough noise.
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
February 08, 2013 08:38PM
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eeek
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chick-on
Don't get your hopes up too high. The cave is filling up with snow... and
the waterfall may make it quite dicey.

Falling ice might be a problem too. It certainly makes enough noise.

I guess I should mention that I RAN into the cave when I went in there.
And if you turn the sound on... you can hear the BOOM in at least one of the videos.



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Re: Tops of Falls
January 14, 2013 09:33PM
awesome videos, is the snow cone usually that size? ive seen pictures of it before but dont remember it being that big
avatar Re: Tops of Falls
January 15, 2013 07:17AM
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ryanmj
awesome videos, is the snow cone usually that size? ive seen pictures of it before but dont remember it being that big
Yeah, I was happy it was so big. I've seen pix of it in the past much bigger.
Check this out:

Historical Photo


Photo from last Saturday:


Just take a look at the Fern Ledge. Yowza

Of course it depends where you start the measurement... but it's HUGE.
There's a warming trend now so it is probably shrinking as we are speaking.



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Re: Tops of Falls
January 19, 2013 08:16AM
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chick-on
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ryanmj


Just take a look at the Fern Ledge. Yowza

Of course it depends where you start the measurement... but it's HUGE.
There's a warming trend now so it is probably shrinking as we are speaking.

that is massive, fern ledge has to be at least 150-200' up
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