Album: Whitney Switchbacks - Conditions June 2005
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 6/18/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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View from Mount Muir of the switchbacks and the snow slope next to them.
Closer shot of the upper switchbacks leading to Trail Crest.
Switchbacks from the cables (bottom) up to Trail Crest (just off photo to the right)
Though barely visible the cables section is in the lower left region of the photo where the snowfield reaches solid rock. Note that above this, most of the switchbacks are clear.
This is the snow slope below Trail Crest that everyone is still using. In the large version of the photo you can probably make out a couple of glissaders. Note that the glissade chutes from previous glissaders have become hard, icy, and slick. It's probably best not to glissade at this point because your ice axe won't pentrate the hard snow very well.
Hard sun-cupped snow. This makes glissading virtually impossible. I found it faster and safer to crampon back down.
This is the view just South of Trail Crest with Discovery Pinnacle in the top of the photo. Part of the trail here is covered in hard snow. If you're trying to stay on the trail it's probably best to go above the snowfield here.
In a few spots the cables are still completely covered.
Trail Camp. Though there's still a lot of snow around there are plenty of clear spots at Trail Camp.