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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 21, 2018

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  Hey there Ice climbers – It finally felt like winter arrived today.  Cold daytime temps and a light dusting of snow made for a fantastic day out swinging tools.  This has been a dry season with warm temps that has toppled all but the thickest ice….Chouinard Falls being the most consistent ice in the state of California is still holding on.  Overall the Ice in the Eastern Sierra has gotten thinner since our last report at the beginning of …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 8, 2018

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Hey there Ice climbers – this weeks report will be short since I have been up in Tahoe teaching and have not climbed or guided ice on the east side this week. We continued to have warm temps since our last report and I have gotten reports that the rock is far more exposed at horsetail falls and for reasonable folks this is out of shape. Lee Vining Canyon SMG Guide Bernd Zeugswetter was out guiding ice on 1/4/2018 and …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 3, 2018

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Happy New Years Ice Climbers!!! In this edition of our weekly Ice Report – Fun Ice to be found in June Lake, Parker Canyon, Lee Vining Canyon, Thor Falls. There is STILL no snowfall and warm temps have persisted. In addition we discuss an Ice Climbing Accident that happened in LVC …Lets Get Started! I guided ice climbing 5 of the 7 days between Christmas and New Years! – 2 days at North Gully of Horsetail and 3 days in …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 28, 2017

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Hi there Ice Climbers. Christmas is behind us and the days are getting longer as we approach the New Year! SMG ran our first Ice Climbing 101 program for the season, and we found some fantastic ice. Overall conditions are thin given the warm daytime temperatures but long cold nights have been helping things out. June Lake has the highest concentration of easily accessible ice right now. There are several gullies on Carson Peak that keep growing and looking better …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 19, 2017

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Hi all Happy Solstice week. This week we have the shortest day of the year and the sun is at the lowest angle in the sky. This should all work in our favor for good ice formation. The reality for the Eastern Sierra is that we have had warm temps and dry conditions so even though there is ice – it is actually getting thinner. I was out at June Lake yesterday and found the ice had gotten thinner than …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 14, 2017

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Hi there Ice climbers. Welcome to our first Ice Conditions Report for the season. It has been a slow start to the ice season since Fall seems to have been clinging on this season for quite a while.  This has given us ample opportunities for great days rock climbing, getting up in the alpine and some great ski missions.  Approaches have been friendly, and warm and dry conditions have created unique opportunities like some of the finest backcountry ice skating …

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Thanks for a great 2016/2017 Ice Season

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Hi all – Spring is in full swing in the Eastern Sierra.  We have warm summer temps for a few days and then snow expected this weekend.  There is still some ice to be found in shaded pockets but the for the most part the ice climbers have hung up tools for the season and out for spring ski tours, rock climbing, getting into the alpine, or in my case kayaking the epic snowmelt in the sierra drainages.   Thanks …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 4-7, 2017

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Hi Ice Climbers.  It is March and the Ice Conditions are in Prime shape….Longer days, well filled in approach, and thick fat ice are all making this the best time to climb ice in Lee Vining Canyon.  June Lake Ice is still buried by snow up high and Roadside ice is mostly sun rotten, but the ice in the Narrows, Bard-Harrington, Main Wall and Chouinard Falls are in great shape. The avalanche activity has been pretty heavy duty this year and …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 16-17, 2017

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Major busy week for Avalanche activity – fun midweek high pressure with weekend storms!! Hi all conditions were very rowdy over this past dynamic week with a storm last weekend and another one currently dumping snow on us with the combination of some warm sunny days and winds we have had a lot of avalanche activity in the canyon…far more than typical!!! Last Sunday was the first clear day with lots of solar radiation cooking the snowpack and there was …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 6, 2017 (Windpocolypse with Avy observations and Tahoe Ice)

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Hey Ice Climbers….we have another dynamic week of ice climbing to dive into with this weeks report!!! Check out our video below…Highlights include the Narrows Getting thinner and hooked out, Bard Harrington climbable on many different routes, Mainwall being fat, and Chouinards being hooked out and filled in nicely.  Avy danger has been real, and many inexperienced parties have been walking through terrain traps and not carrying avy gear or floatation for the approach. Please remember if you are top …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 27, 2017

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Hi Ice Climbers – Sorry for the delay of our weekly Ice Conditions Report.  We have been busy shoveling and digging out from our epic record setting month of snowfall.  Conditions have been perfect for Ice climbing formation, and there has been a lot of changes in the past 2 weeks.  The big news is after the past several years of dry conditions…the Bard Harrington Wall has Ice – YEAH!!! Check out our Lee Vining Ice Conditions Video Report… June …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 17th, 2017 ***Post Snow-pocalypse/ Rain-ageddon report

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Hi Ice climbers Welcome to our first report since our big early January snow dumps. It has been a wild past week since our last report.  Mammoth pass hit 20 Inches of water that fell from the sky in all forms.  Heavy wet snow,  flood causing rain, and light fluffy powder.  Luckily the eastern sierra has the elevation to have more of the latter than other parts of the west coast. The good news is that the 5 days of …