Otterden replied the topic: New Users - Please Introduce Yourselves
After being away from DV Talk for a number of years because the lady I was with didn't have the same love of the desert that I have... Well she is no longer in my life, so back to DV I come. It is nice to see familiar names here and still maintaining this forum.
As an introduction, I'm an avid outdoors person, from kayaking in the ocean to climbing Mt Shasta. The only difference between seasons... is the gear. Drysuit with insulated underwear or swim suit and long sleeve shirt. Balaclava or straw hat, You get the idea.
RichardK replied the topic: New Users - Please Introduce Yourselves
It is likely that you will encounter ice and snow on Telescope in February. Ice ax and crampons will be necessary to insure safe travel. If you don't know how to use these items, then do Telescope at another time. People have died on Telescope in winter. We hiked it one Fourth of July. It was 120 degrees in the valley, but very pleasant on Telescope.
David_Bricker replied the topic: New Users - Please Introduce Yourselves
Welcome Hiker412. Where in the park have you reserved your campsite?
I've not hiked Telescope in 40+ years, and it wasn't in the winter. However, expect pretty severe conditions. Crampons and poles will likely be a must, and you should not be doing the hike alone. If this is your first time to Telescope, finding the trail under snow will not be easy, particularly depending on if someone else has gone up since the last storm.
Also, and perhaps more important, the road from Charcoal Kilns to Mahagony Flats may be closed, depending on conditions. This would add an addition 3 miles each way to the hike. Generally, one should spend the night at Mahogany Flats fro altitude conditions, so not be able to get there by vehicle adds to the complexity of this hike.
OF course, we don't know your capabilities. But be aware that we get a fair number of folks on this board that don't really understand the dangers associated with the desert, whether it be from heat, cold or simply exposure and the vastness of the area. So, your answers are likely to err on the side of caution.
Hiker412 replied the topic: New Users - Please Introduce Yourselves
Hello. New to the forum and to DV. I reserved a campsite from February 8-11 in the park and would really like to hike Telescope peak. Has anyone hiked it this time of year? If so could you give me some suggestions on gear (crampons, ice axe, poles etc) and weather to expect? Cheers