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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 14,2018

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Hey there California Ice Climbers.  It’s that time of year and we are officially into our ice season this year. There have been loads of folks calling our office asking about ice conditions and social media posts have been going off with amazing ice in places like Canada, Montana, Wyoming, and even Colorado! Ice has been a little slower to get fat here but fear not… its in and people have been getting out and climbing ice these past few …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – December 11, 2018

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Happy holidays backcountry skiers and riders! Hope y’all had a fine summer. Maybe it even included some scampering in the High Sierra on dusty trails, scree-filled gullies, and large fields of talus, uncivilized as that may sound. The season of backcountry fun is upon us, and that means the reinvigoration of our venerable Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report. Last season at this time we sat around with our boards all waxed and ready to go, but the season didn’t turn …

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Early August Alpine Conditions

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Hey there Sierra Alpine Climbers….I just wanted to do a quick update on some of the conditions that have been encountered so far this season. This has been an unusual season for climbing in the High Sierra. We didn’t have a very large snowpack this past winter but cooler temps in May and June gave us some great early season snow travel conditions. Entering into August the biggest factors that affected travel in the high alpine was almost a full …

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Easter Sierra Ice Report – April 7, 2018 (Last one of the season)

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Hey ice climbers. This is our final report for the season. SMG guide Geoff Unger guided ice in Lee Vining Canyon on March 29, and I was up there guiding on April 5 on what was probably my last day of ice guiding for the season. The approach has change a little since our last report and the name of the game is variable conditions. We are in a transitional spring snowpack with everything from dry talus to mashed potatoes …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 25, 2018

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Greetings Ice Climbers What an exciting month it has been both weather and conditions wise.  “Miracle March” happened and we finally got a little taste of winter after a dry and mild winter.  Plenty of moisture and cold temps came to our neck of the woods giving us some of the best ice conditions as well as easiest approaches that we have had this entire season.  Routes have now formed that have not been in condition all year, and the …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 9

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Hey there Ice climbers – It has been a few weeks since my last report and boy a lot has changed. Winter came in full force for a few days. Cold nights created some great ice conditions as well as conditions for a buried facet layer in our snow pack and 3-6 feet of snow in the region bumped the avy danger really high – not only last weekend during the storm but several days afterwards with remote triggering events …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – March 3rd, 2018

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz3 Comments

  Greetings riders de la backcountríe, Last time we said this report would be updated when there is something exciting to talk about. Well, how about the biggest storm of the season doubling our snowpack in the first 3 days of March? Yes!! Thanks for all the snow dances, prayers to Ullr, pagan rituals, toasts, & burning effigies that seem to have done the trick. The animal sacrifices may have been a bit much, but thanks for the efforts anyway. …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 21

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Hey there Eastern Sierra Ice Climbers….Winter is back (or showing another glimpse for a few days). Cold temps and small dustings of snow are giving us a chance to hang on to the ice season here on the east side. I had 4 days of Ice Guiding between 2/15 and 2/18. Not much has changed since our last report. Tatum falls came and went… North Gully is still great but thin, Roadside has Ice to TR but to thin to …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 12

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Hey there California Ice Climbers….Winter poked its head out today.  Yeah for cold temps and precipitation. It may be short lived but it was nice to enjoy some cold temps and great ice this week. I climbed in June Lake yesterday (2/111) and found some fun conditions on the North Gully and we climbed on Chouinard Falls today (2/12) with some full on winter like conditions. Lee Vining Canyon Things have changed drastically – until yesterday you could have gotten …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 4, 2018

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ICE CLIMBING IS HOT!!!! Hey there California Ice Climbers….Things are getting silly this year. Winter is not coming …. and if we were all in game of thrones the white walkers would have all melted away and we would feel silly for buying shovels and snow scrapers and those folks who bought studded snow tires after last winter (yeah I wanted the best chance of getting to the ice) have gotten skunked. That said Howie had some great thoughts on …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – February 2, 2018

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz2 Comments

  Happy Groundhog Day backcountry skiers and snowboarders! We have always considered Feb 2nd to be the best holiday of the year. It foretells us about the weather outlook and the extent of our winter backcountry season. For those who don’t follow the groundhog, it is a rodent, common to alpine terrain, closely related to, and sharing the same genus of, the Marmot. The groundhog comes out of his hole in the ground on Feb 2nd. Its reaction to the weather …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 29, 2018

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Hey there California Ice Climbers – I was out guiding Ice on the 27th and 28th weekend and what a difference a week of winter temps made.  Single digit temps and some fresh snow of up to 12″ around June Lake gave us a glimpse of winter last week, and made for some growth in the ice.  Some Ice that had vanished this season came back in and was in great shape after our week long cold snap.  The bad …