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Eastern Sierra Ice Report “Febu-Buried” 18th, 2019

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Hey there Ice Climbers. We are just on the tail end of another storm system that has hit our area. The Sierra got hit with heavy but warm precipitation in the form of rain to 10,000′. This brought ample moisture and helped to lock down the bottom part of our snowpack as well as ensure plenty of moisture up high for this springs “freeze – thaw” ice season. Avalanche Danger remained high throughout the storm in addition to several road …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 7th, 2019 ***Post Storm Update***

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Hey there Ice Climbers.  WE have had a fantastic and wintery start to our February and as winter enthusiast many people were celebrating that the groundhog did not see his shadow during our last storm. Honestly many of us who experienced the 4 day storm that totaled between 7 and 10 feet of snow accumulation were pretty ready to see the few rays of sun when the storm finally broke on Tuesday. #Feburied photos adorned social media and powder hounds …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 28, 2019

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Hey there Ice Climbers. We had a great 2 day Ice 101 program this past weekend.  Warm temps kept us away from the Ice at June Lake but Lee Vining Canyon was perfect.  The road in was 2WD friendly and the hike in was an easy boot pack on supportable snow without the need for snowshoes.  The 1st creek crossing takes some careful balance but the 2nd crossing is covered with a snow bridge.  Overall easy conditions on the approach. …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 24, 2019

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Hey Ice Climbers   We have missed the past 2 weeks of reporting for a few reasons.  I had a surgery to clear my sinuses out which put me out of conditions for a few weeks, and a week of storms and avalanche cycles put the conditions for climbing Ice out of shape keeping most climbers thankfully out of the avalanche terrain where an avalanche incident could occur. MLK weekend was is over which often times tends to be a …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 4

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Happy New Years Ice Climbers. We just had an amazing week for ice with super cold temps and clear skies. The Ice has been growing and the approach is in great condition in Lee Vining Canyon. Several Parties have been swinging tools and enjoying the ice this season (since the backcountry skiing has been low tide in many areas and the lines have been long for the resort winter recreation) I was out yesterday in Lee Vining Canyon and enjoyed …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 24

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Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas. I got to celebrate a special Solstice on the ice on Friday with my good friend Eric.  It was great to be outside recreating in winter with the knowledge that the days are officially getting longer and the ice is getting fatter. The road into Lee Vining was in good shape and though the morning started with high wind gusts and even some rain and snow showers it turned into a beautiful day out. There …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 18

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Hey there Ice climbers – cold temps and short days are giving us great conditions for the ice to grow. Several groups of climbers have been getting out since our Ice report last week.  The ice is still overall thin but there are some great sticks. We had a small storm system early this week that gave us about 6-8 inches at higher elevations.  This should help out with getting some moisture to help the ice grow.  Overall great early …

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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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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 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 …