Tioga Pass, CA Backcountry Report: Chalky Snow on April 29th

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Mt Gibbs and the Dana Plateau from camp tonight.
Mt Gibbs and the Dana Plateau from camp tonight.

words and photos by Greg Burnett

“Since we got back to camp today I’ve been preoccupied getting tequila drunk and cooking dinner, and then I found out about Timy passing away, and I’ve been very bummed.”

Allegedly Tioga Pass opened yesterday to the pass around noon, based on one conversation with a random local.

Everything around us looked awesome in light of the new coverage.  We summited Mt. Dana around noon:

The ascent
Looking towards Mt. Dana on Dana Plateau

There was a variable snowpack ranging from boilerplate to blower pow in Ellery Bowl.

I skied Dana Col for the first time and was treated to a transitioning snow pack from pow to corn, best summarized as ‘chalky snow.’

PHOTO TOUR:

The view
Rom Marcucci looking down Dana Couloir’
(Rom Marcucci descending Dana Col.  In 'chalky snow' around 1pm today
Audren Tawaji dropping into Ellery Bowl’
Chillin
on our way from the park gate to mt Dana
There was a variable snowpack ranging from boilerplate to blower pow in Ellery. This picture represents the latter
Some good snow up there.

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