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May 14, 2010, S. Fork Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
« on: 05/15/10, 08:00 PM »

The limited terrain  Wink above South Lake is still riding really well.  It snowed and blowed a bit a few days prior, so dense spring powder up high, corn down low. 

The road still isn't plowed all the way to the lake, but it's not very far in.  It's easy to get in and out of the main basin if you brave the drainage with the running water at the bottom; once up a little ways, it mellows out.

I lugged a video camera up (http://vimeo.com/11773715) and rode from a high point on the ridge in the upper right corner of this picture:



Awesome snow and bright sun!  It's hard to keep from getting a little cooked...



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Re: May 14, 2010, S. Fork Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
« Reply #1 on: 05/15/10, 09:46 PM »



The road still isn't plowed all the way to the lake, but it's not very far in.  It's easy to get in and out of the main basin if you brave the drainage with the running water at the bottom; once up a little ways, it mellows out.



Jill hates that drainage and the running water adds an interesting water feature.  But the options available in the basin are enormous. 
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Re: May 14, 2010, S. Fork Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
« Reply #2 on: 05/17/10, 08:34 AM »

Jill hates that drainage and the running water adds an interesting water feature.  But the options available in the basin are enormous. 

I really don't like the traverse above the lake.  In the early morning, on the hard snow, I have to admit that the boot crampons and ice axe came out and I walked around! 
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Re: May 14, 2010, S. Fork Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
« Reply #3 on: 05/17/10, 08:39 AM »

Nice work Preston!  Way to get some in Cal-i-forn-I A!
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Re: May 14, 2010, S. Fork Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra
« Reply #4 on: 05/17/10, 09:02 AM »

I really don't like the traverse above the lake.  In the early morning, on the hard snow, I have to admit that the boot crampons and ice axe came out and I walked around! 

O yeah, the frozen ice sheets at a 45 degrees angle along the edge of the reservoir.  I usually wear ski crampons but I remember a friend who snapped his ski crampons due to the side angle of the traverse. There is some interesting terrain accessed directly above the parking area if you return.  Way too many choices.   Wink
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