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Alpine Conditions Report – November 22, 2015

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Hi everyone, hope you have enjoyed the fall. The Eastside air is getting crisp and the sun has that low angle glow all day here where the desert meets the mountains. We have had a pretty good start to the super-hyped El Niño 2015-16 snow season. Mammoth Mountain’s study plot at 9000′ has recorded 47.5″ of snowfall since October 16. With some cold, easily transportable snow on the ground, a few big wind events and some unseasonably warm spells in …

The Bloody Couloir

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Join Janet on her 2 days of guided backcountry skiing with IFMGA Ski & Mountain Guide, Howie Schwartz, of Sierra Mountain Guides exactly one year ago in 2013. The trip finished with a coveted descent of the Bloody Couloir on Bloody Mountain, located in the Mammoth Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra, and is one of the most classic steep big mountain lines in the range. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to ski this incredible …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – April 2013

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What an interesting season it has been so far. The winter started off perfectly with big wet storms in early December, followed by high ratio snow dumps with uncharacteristically calm winds. This all gave us a very memorable early season of deep light powder skiing throughout the Sierra. It feels like a distant memory now. January featured it’s usual June-uary thaw and began a drought that plagued us all producing record breaking low precip for the two month Jan-Feb time …

Winter Mt. Whitney 2013

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To Summit or not To Summit – Musings of a Sierra Mountain Guide As I put away the expedition gear from my recent trip and place the kit back on the racks in the garage, I find myself reflecting on the outcome of the trip I am returning from. Drying the tent out, I think about the locations we used for camps and add a little self critique as to if they could be improved on or not. Cleaning and …

Scramblers/Senders- Kids Climbing Program

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Summer 2012 flew by as I had so much fun teaching rock climbing to almost fifty kids from the Eastern Sierra. We had a great mix of ages and abilities, some climbed for the first time and others returned to further develop their skills. In all of the returning climbers I saw an amazing step forward. It was great to see the kids taking climbing seriously, taking responsibility for their learning and turning into real rock climbers. The new kids …