23 Feb 2002 - by Ed Lulofs
Eric Miklas and I climbed Telescope Peak Saturday.
Wind 23 mph average, gusting to 28.
It felt like more.
We used crampons the last 500 feet to make the climb easier.
A few inches of powder on a mild crust.
There were many bare patches, even at the summit.
An ice axe wasn't really needed.
That was good, because we are still looking for some experienced
with ice axe proficiency to take pity on us and critique our
Very little snow below 10,000.
I could see a huge dust cloud rising from Owens Lake.
It went higher than Whitney.
I wonder when LA is going to take responsibility for the mess it
created there and fix it.
We stayed in Wildrose camp Friday & Saturday night.
Low 50 degrees at 4200 feet.
Michael Gordon adds:
This is just from my observations, but I noticed as of a few weeks ago that
they seem to be running a trench from Cottonwood Creek into Owens Lake. I
know the city of LA has been made legally responsible by law to mitigate the
damage. My guess is they are diverting water from Cottonwood Creek to the
lake to start wetting it better.
Ron Norton adds:
The plan is to cover the entire Owens Valley dry lake bed with a
combination of three dust control measures: shallow flooding (which you
can now see), managed vegetation (they found something that actually
likes the soil out there!), and the rest of the lake bed will be covered
with gravel. For more information than you could ever possibly want to
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