High Sierra Alpine Report

The High Sierra Alpine Report is a report for Sierra hikers and mountain climbers looking for information to help plan adventures. Mountain conditions change rapidly. If you cannot understand why the conditions you found are different from what we reported, then next time consider hiring a guide! We start reporting in late spring and end by fall when the snows start to accumulate. At that point, you can check out our Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report.

Featured Alpine Route: The Southeast Ridge of Mount Russell

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The Southeast Ridge of Mount Russell (III, 5.9) is a classic alpine gem of a route that gets relatively little traffic or mention by guidebook authors. There are 7 different guidebooks for climbing on Mount Russell in my library and
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Alpine Conditions Report – September 5th, 2014

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Hi Sierra scramblers and ramblers, After a busy Labor Day weekend here, we are coming into our favorite time of year in the Eastern Sierra. The aspens are beginning to turn, the fireweed has gone to seed, the night air
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Alpine Conditions Report – Incredible Hulk – July 2, 2014

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Howdy alpine rock climbers. This edition of the Alpine Conditions report is focused on the Sawtooth Range and specifically the vicinity of the Incredible Hulk. We just spent a few days there in Little Slide Canyon and would like to
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Alpine Conditions Report- Palisades- July 1st 2014

Posted on by Neil Satterfield / Posted in Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast, High Sierra Alpine Report | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

July 1st 2014. Alpine climbers and enthusiasts, we just finished a trip into the Palisades.  Here is a breakdown of current conditions.             Approaches and Camps: The North Fork of Big Pine Creek is dry
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Alpine Conditions Report – Mt. Whitney – June 12, 2014

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Current conditions on the East Face and Mountaineer’s Routes, from June 11th, 2014. Here are the current conditions for Mt. Whitney.  We just finished a successful East Face trip!  We were able to complete both the climb and the descent
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Alpine Conditions Report – June 7th

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Mountain people, We have been out and about for the past few weeks. Not much new to report for alpine ice climbers. Couloirs are still quite snowy, and the firnification process has been slow due to continued snowstorms through May.
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Alpine Conditions Report – May 13, 2014

Posted on by Sierra Mtn Guides Smg / Posted in Conditions Reports, From the Range of Light & Fast, High Sierra Alpine Report | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hi there mountain people! It is that time again when we start getting calls and questions asking us about mountain conditions for alpine climbing and general mountain access. We have been running this report for the last 7 or 8
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