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Old 04-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
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Climbing Half-Dome May 25th. Got my permit. Hopefully it doesn't rain and the snow has melted.
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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Try to break free early and be in northern California (Klamath, the I-5 rest stop just north of Redding, or just north of Lassen Peak) around 6pm on Sunday May 20th... for the Annual Eclipse of the sun (it'll also be sweeping down into Texas)
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogl...20Agoogle.html
and http://www.eclipse-chasers.com/tseNext.php?TSE=ase2012d

An Annular eclipse is one where the moon is too far away to completely mask the sun... so you still see a full-sun's-brightness ring (the annulus) around the moon's shadow.
Unlike the more spectacular "total eclipse" most people seek, the total phase of an Annular still requires full eye protection (or a pinhole camera projection) due to the still-visible solar surface.

Annular (heavily filtered):
EclipseAnnular.jpg

Total (naked eye during totality):
EclipseTotal.jpg

There'll be a blue Sprinter madly seeking clear western skies driving around down there...

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Climbing Half-Dome May 25th. Got my permit. Hopefully it doesn't rain and the snow has melted.
People are climbing it now. I would expect Tioga pass to be open by then as well. Super low snow year.
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It was actually hot when we were there the last week in April. Had to take blankets off the bed and keep the Fantastic fan open at night. No bears but lots of persistent ravens and squirrels.
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. I would expect Tioga pass to be open by then as well. Super low snow year.
It would be nice if it were open (more camping spots!)
We're booked in to Summerdale on the 23rd, and North Pines on the 24th.

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It would be nice if it were open (more camping spots!)
It's been open for a week now...
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It's been open for a week now...
Not according to their web site a couple of days ago
(but i fully agree that the website is the last to learn...)

Added: NOW the website shows all roads open (but the campgrounds still aren't scheduled until July)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisi...CP_JUMP_106631

thanks, it'll affect exit route planning.
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Not according to their web site a couple of days ago
(but i fully agree that the website is the last to learn...)

Added: NOW the website shows all roads open (but the campgrounds still aren't scheduled until July)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisi...CP_JUMP_106631

thanks, it'll affect exit route planning.
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Here's the up to date info on mountain pass closures in CA.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/clsdlst.htm
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I drove over Tioga Pass from Mono Lake last Tuesday.
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