Album: Whitney Portal & The North Fork


Category
Outdoor Adventures
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Album Date
12/2/2005
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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12/2/2005 8:59:48 AM
Though not that obvious from this photo there was quite a bit of debris on the road. Fortunately the road was cleared up to our vehicles by the time we returned from the Portal. Many thanks to the road crew. 
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12/2/2005 9:39:45 AM
Approaching the Meysan Lakes parking area. We parked lower just below the usual rockfall section. 
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12/2/2005 9:39:48 AM
 
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12/2/2005 9:43:59 AM
Looking back down the road. 
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12/2/2005 9:46:30 AM
 
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12/2/2005 9:50:03 AM
Whitney Portal Campground 
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12/2/2005 9:50:14 AM
Whitney Portal Campground 
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12/2/2005 10:06:45 AM
Continuing up the road to the Portal 
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12/2/2005 10:06:49 AM
Snow was falling when we started and it continued to fall most of the day. 
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12/2/2005 10:15:13 AM
Nearing the Portal 
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12/2/2005 10:17:21 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:18:17 AM
Mount Whitney Trailhead. Snow depth here was about a foot. 
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12/2/2005 10:18:26 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:18:28 AM
Mount Whitney Trailhead 
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12/2/2005 10:18:44 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:19:06 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:20:30 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:20:36 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:20:59 AM
The Whitney Portal Store 
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12/2/2005 10:22:18 AM
Mount Whitney Trailhead 
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12/2/2005 10:22:56 AM
Whitney Portal Trailhead and Richard's snowshoe tracks 
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12/2/2005 10:28:34 AM
I follow Richard's showshoe track up the Whitney Trail 
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12/2/2005 10:45:05 AM
Carillon Creek sign. Snow depth here was about 18 inches. 
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12/2/2005 10:47:52 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:47:58 AM
 
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12/2/2005 10:53:54 AM
Another thickly coated tree. 
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12/2/2005 10:54:03 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:03:14 AM
Richard Piotrowski. I finally managed to catch up with him at the North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing. 
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12/2/2005 11:03:17 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek Crossing 
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12/2/2005 11:03:21 AM
We decided to proceed up the North Fork as far as we could 
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12/2/2005 11:25:59 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:26:02 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:37:10 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek. Snow depth here was from 2 or 3 feet with even deeper drifts. 
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12/2/2005 11:37:12 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:43:10 AM
Richard struggles to break a path. At this point it was becoming a futile endeavor. 
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12/2/2005 11:43:14 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:43:20 AM
This is hard work! 
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12/2/2005 11:43:23 AM
 
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12/2/2005 11:43:25 AM
 
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12/2/2005 12:05:54 PM
At this point we acknowledged that it would be fruitless to continue. We had little chance of reaching LBSL before dark. We also realized that at the time this photo was taken we were standing on top of a tree. Our poles poked through into large air pockets below. 
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12/2/2005 12:06:05 PM
We're actually standing on the tree tops here. This is typical in the winter however at this point the snow is fresh powder that is barely being supported by the trees. Underneath are large air pockets. 
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12/2/2005 12:06:10 PM
 
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12/2/2005 12:06:17 PM
 
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12/2/2005 12:21:12 PM
Richard reveals his badly frostbitten hands. Can his fingers be saved? Have no fear, this is actually just a case bleeding dye from cheap gloves. 
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12/2/2005 12:21:29 PM
Want to know what severe frostbite looks like? Ok this isn't it but it probably got your attention. 
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12/2/2005 12:44:28 PM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek Crossing. Having made little progress up the North Fork but with some time left we decided to head up the main trail as far as we could. 
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12/2/2005 12:44:33 PM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek Crossing. 
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12/2/2005 12:47:57 PM
 
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12/2/2005 12:48:01 PM
 
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12/2/2005 12:51:17 PM
 
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12/2/2005 1:00:52 PM
 
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12/2/2005 1:00:57 PM
Above the Whitney Portal 
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12/2/2005 1:06:43 PM
 
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12/2/2005 1:38:49 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:27:25 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:27:37 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:27:39 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:27:41 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:28:00 PM
Lower portion of Thor Peak 
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12/2/2005 2:28:05 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:42:41 PM
 
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12/2/2005 2:42:45 PM
 
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12/2/2005 3:12:41 PM
 
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12/2/2005 3:38:30 PM
 
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12/2/2005 3:41:21 PM
This is the log crossing shortly before Lone Pine Lake 
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12/2/2005 3:43:44 PM
This is one of the logs at the log crossing shortly before Lone Pine Lake. Though most water sources were completely frozen the water here had ice that was no more than an inch thick. 
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12/2/2005 3:43:51 PM
 
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12/2/2005 3:46:45 PM
Just shy of reaching Lone Pine Lake and close enough to our goal we turn around. We have only an hour of daylight left and only one headlamp between the two of us. 
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12/2/2005 4:18:30 PM
Looking back down to the Portal 
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12/2/2005 4:18:36 PM
 
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12/2/2005 4:18:44 PM
Large amounts of spindrift were flowing down from above 
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12/2/2005 4:18:46 PM
 
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12/2/2005 4:18:58 PM
Spindrift flowing down toward the Portal from Candlelight Peak 
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12/2/2005 5:12:10 PM
5:12pm. Now dark, Richard and I struggle back to the Portal. It would take us another 40 minutes to get back down the road to our vehicles. 
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12/2/2005 5:51:29 PM
We return to our vehicles shortly before 6pm. My door was frozen shut and took a good yank to open it.