We like little bits of insider information that lead us to climbs and areas that are underappreciated for one reason or another. It’s nice to avoid crowds, climb more and feel the kind of freedom we expect from climbing. This is why we frequent the South Platte and Chief’s Head here in Colorado rather than spending all of our time in Boulder Canyon or just climbing the mainstays on the Diamond.
This is also why when we heard the number of climbers on Mt. Whitney so far this season is down despite good conditions, we thought it was newsworthy intel. Sure the snowpack for the region is nearly double the historical average, but we have been told that the snowpack on Mt. Whitney is actually quite superb right now. The heaviest snowfalls compared with the averages were in the months of December and March. From April on, the dumps have leveled. This means much has blown off and all that snow has had time to consolidate to create a great base for climbing.
You can see for yourself at this link from Mammoth Mountain http://www.mammothmountain.com/MyMammoth/?section=weather. Click on the history tab for a chart going back to 1969. Very cool.