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dreday3000


Aug 5, 2009, 2:15 PM
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Heading up the the Diamond next week for the first time. Backing up my gear tonight and I was hoping to get some beta from the venerable folks of RC.com

Specifically:

1) Planing to bivy a few nights. How cold does it get at night this time of year?

2) Whats the approach like. How far?

3) Any other beta I should know.
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stamplis


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1) Not too cold - I remember using a ~30 degree bag (no bivy sack) and being just fine.

2) Though I've done it twice, I don't really remember the approach - must not have been too painful!

3) Get a good bivy site. I can't recommend the nice-looking cave near the NW point of Chasm Lake unless you like being attacked by rodents in your sleep. (My partner was actually bitten).


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Good to know. Was hoping to leave the bivy sack and tent behind. Thanks.


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A 15-30 degree bag should be fine. I'd take a bivy sack or ultra light tent, just in case it rained, but that's me.

Approach from Long's Peak Campground is around 6 miles to the Boulder Field. Uphill the whole damn way.

Other beta: The usual alpine precautions: Up early, down by noon, bring marmot-safe food containers, and have a good time.


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Yeah, there's several overhanging boulders and caves scattered in the vicinity of Chasm Lake so the bag is all you'll need. Enjoy - it's an awesome wall!


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I haven't been up there in a number of years, so hopefully this information is still accurate: A 20-30 degree bag has been fine. I would still recommend a bivy sack. Afternoon thunderstorms are very common. Approach depends on which bivy site permits you get (Chasm lake vs Broadway). It is also possible to camp in the boulderfield near Chasm View. I think you can get bivy permits for Chasm View as well. This is a longer approach, but you can rap directly down to Broadway and from the summit it is quick to get back to camp. I thought this was a good option if you have any doubts about your speed or if you plan to stay a few days and climb a few routes.


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