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#102051 - 07/16/17 07:36 AM Trail conditions for Old Army
skunkpack Offline
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Registered: 06/18/04
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Loc: los angeles, ca
Just wanted to see if anyone knew if there was still snow/ice left at the pass. Looking to see if its doable without crampons or axe....thx

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#102052 - 07/16/17 07:54 AM Re: Trail conditions for Old Army [Re: skunkpack]
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I'm sure Army Pass still has snow.

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#102053 - 07/16/17 06:36 PM Re: Trail conditions for Old Army [Re: skunkpack]
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A lot of FB posts about this. According to reports, New Army Pass no longer has a cornice, but it has an almost vertical 15' wall of snow and ice that is turning back almost everyone. Some folks with ice axe/crampons have gone through.

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#102054 - 07/17/17 03:55 AM Re: Trail conditions for Old Army [Re: Akichow]
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...and Army Pass holds snow longer than New Army Pass.

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#102055 - 07/17/17 08:21 AM Re: Trail conditions for Old Army [Re: hightinerary]
graham Offline
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Registered: 10/03/05
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Loc: Irvine, CA
At the top of New Army Pass (July 15 2017), there is a short section of steep snow of about 30-40'. Easy to go up, harder to go down
[img]https://grahamcracker.smugmug.com/2017/Langley-July-15-2017/i-d3zF2nH/A[/img]

Old Army Pass (July 15, 2017) still has a significant hard-pack snow patch blocking the trail, and I wouldn’t recommend try this until it melts out
[img]https://grahamcracker.smugmug.com/2017/Langley-July-15-2017/i-Nv5Wgbv/A[/img]

Hmmm...seems I forgot how to insert photos blush

Rest of the story and my photos at:
https://grahamcracker.smugmug.com/2017/Langley-July-15-2017/i-PQVr5Nk

Also, I hadn’t seen this Mt Langley Sequoia NP regulations, about groups going to the summit are limited to 8 people. The NP Service also built the summit large rock cairns
https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/upload/Climbing-Mt-Langley-flyer_FINAL_071714acc-1.pdf

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