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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 Schwartz1 Comment

  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 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 …

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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 …