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Little T/ski trip

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Planning on hiking in on the White river entrance road until we hit snow, and then skiing up the road to the wonderland trail up frying pan creek to Little T, and climbing it if time/conditions permit. Anyone done this or been in the area recently? Good or bad idea? Thanks. grin.gif

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Sounds long. Isn't it almost 10 miles from the closure gate to the summerland trailhead? I would bring a bike and hope there's a bunch of dry pavement (they may have started plowing 410?)

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Biked in Sunday (per philfort, good suggestion) to the white river entrance where the road turned to snow. Skii'd into frying pan (me on A/T, friend on tele...got my ass handed to me). Skiid up the wonderland trail to the last creek crossing where some bridge excavation was required. But we got lazy and turned around (we just had a day). Little T would be a fun 2 day climb at this time. Didn't see another human, nor sign of one, the entire day.

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I know the road is closed but does it look like they snowplow the road during the winter to the White River entrance?

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There wasn't much snow until the white river entrance, but you could tell the road was plowed up to the white river entrance, but not beyond. Not sure if they plow it all year or not. You may be able to call the MRNP rangers to get details.

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Unless you are partial to climbing Little T from white river, I would consider climbing from Paradise. Route finding is pretty simple. Just thought I'd throw the idea your way.

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Any beta on Little T climb?

Can read stuff in books but am interested in info from folks who have done the climb.

Thinking of White River with camp at Sumerland or above on Fryingpan. Late June. Two days. Anything we should know? wave.gif

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one of the worst choss piles in the state. imho, there are certainly better alternatives.

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cluck said:

Anything we should know? wave.gif

 

Yes, getting hit in the head with rocks HURTS. Always good to remembember that. wave.gif

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There are campsites at the foot of Frying Pan Glacier on top of Meany Crest at the point marked 7573' on the map. From there you can make a beeline to the gap between Frying Pan and Whitman, and then head up to the top of Whitman. Scramble to the top.

 

And watch out for rock fall. Having your name on your helmet helps the rangers identify the body. wave.gif

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cluck said:

Any beta on Little T climb?

Can read stuff in books but am interested in info from folks who have done the climb.

Thinking of White River with camp at Sumerland or above on Fryingpan. Late June. Two days. Anything we should know? wave.gif

 

The very top is a terrific choss heap, but the rest is beautiful with great skiing. The view from the top is unreal.

 

You don't really save much by camping at Summerland. If you take two days, maybe try to camp up higher.

 

I just put up a very belated TR here:

Little Tahoma TR

 

-Loren

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cluck said:

Any beta on Little T climb?

Can read stuff in books but am interested in info from folks who have done the climb.

Thinking of White River with camp at Sumerland or above on Fryingpan. Late June. Two days. Anything we should know? wave.gif

 

Cluck,

 

I've climbed Little T three times: Winter 1983 (from Paradise); July 1990; and late July 2000. Here are a few pics from my last trip.

 

Camp at Meany crest is superb!

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Who said the rock on Little T is shitty??

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Little t summit and my brother, mtnguy01:

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Feel free to ask if you need more info/pics!

 

Fairweather

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Appreciate info from you guys.

 

Regarding rock fall.... yep, rock rockets aren't much fun. Cascade volcanos can be a high stakes game of dodge ball.

 

Anybody read about the amputee training for Everest with Jim Wickwire who took a rock to the head last Fall on the DC? He didn't have a helmet on but speculation is it wouldn't have saved him anyway. thumbs_up.gif

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basically if there is any accident anywhere in the cascades it will be posted here and subsequently discussed ad nauseum. laugh.gif

 

ps what is the difference between laugh.gif and smile.gif ? I can tell you what is the same: they both suck! yellaf.gif

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don't climb little t in june, climb in may! no yucky rock, it's all stuck together with ice!!! then little t is fun not scary!

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