Disclaimer: These plans assume we can get at least to the lower launch site on King Mountain. These plans will only change if the snow doesn't melt off the road as expected or if really crappy weather is predicted on April 30th.
I will plan on being at the lower launch around 5 or 6pm on Friday, April 29th. We can eat, tell stories, setup camp, etc... In fact, I will provide the main course (burgers and brats) for everyone, unless Steve wants to cook
Maybe we can talk Steve into breakfast.
Here is a photo of the lower launch site where we will camp (and may be our trailhead):
On Saturday morning, April 30th, we will get up at 6am and be hiking by 7am. This is subject to change based on weather... if it is really warm, we may need to leave earlier. We might be convinced to start later if it is really cold. If you are coming in that morning, leave early and expect that we may change the start time on you.
This climb is steep and we will encounter snow. Bring an ice axe, crampons, and snowshoes. Sturdy hiking poles will help immensely (insider joke).
Who Can Come
All are invited, new to the site, young, old, ugly, good looking, funny, boring... just be friendly and ready to make new friends. That said, all of you are accountable for your own equipment and safety... this isn't a guided trip.
The road to the lower launch site is narrow and steep and some say requires a 4x4. I just remember being glad I had a powerful engine, as the gravel coming out of the tight switchbacks was loose.
Here is a map to the lower launch site... ignore the non-sensical she-it about the bridge or what ever, you want to look at their orange route to the launch site...
The big picture on this site shows it all... the road, launch sites, ridge we will ascend, etc...
I plan for now to climb something else on Sunday. Of course this is dependant on weather, snow levels, if I car pool with someone wanting to stay, etc. We were thinking maybe Hawley Mountain. Location and camping location TBD.