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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

In Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Viren Perumal1 Comment

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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Alpine Conditions Report – October 8th, 2017

In Conditions Reports, From the Range of Light & Fast, High Sierra Alpine Report by Howie SchwartzLeave a Comment

Hello mountain aficionados, It’s time for a autumn alpine conditions update! What a record hot summer it was! Then, a very odd September weather pattern that caused devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean and gulf of Mexico gave us above normal heat in early September complete with monsoon thunderstorms at all times of day. In the later part of the month, we saw temps drop well below average with a significant snowstorm in the high country that left the high mountains …

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Alpine Conditions Report – August 2017

In Conditions Reports, From the Range of Light & Fast, High Sierra Alpine Report by Howie Schwartz13 Comments

Howdy all, Why have we waited this long this summer to publish this report? Because we have been busy connecting people to the mountains, of course! The backcountry ski/snowboard season was extended, and summer alpine climbing has been off the hook. Finally taking a breather to catch you up on how things are doing out there, if you haven’t been out there doing your own reconnaissance. The record wet winter/spring of 2017 has changed the tenor of this report from …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – August 1, 2017

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  Alrighty, this is kind of a joke at this point, but I wanted to put a wrap on the backcountry report at some ridiculously late point in the summer. We stopped guiding the backcountry about a month ago. The irony is though that people are still getting out there and having fun. Sure, it’s summer, and you do have to hike those boards in a ways, but there are still a few places where the hike is not that …

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Ode to Summer in the Palisades

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by SMG Guide Geoff Unger [Ed: Geoff offers the perspective of an accomplished IFMGA Mountain Guide who has recently come to explore and appreciate the Sierra Nevada as a world class destination for climbing and alpine guiding. Glad to have him on the SMG team!]  As the spring ski touring season winds down it is time to think about the possibilities for summer alpine climbing. It sure has been a great winter for those of us who enjoy sliding downhill. With …

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State of the Eastern Sierra Backcountry – May 18, 2017

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz5 Comments

Intrepid backcountry ski & snowboard adventurers! Another spring is in full swing, and that means it’s time to issue our (11th annual!) State of the Backcountry Report for the Eastern Sierra. Every spring, as the snowpack starts to shrink faster than it grows we like to help folks out with some up to date info to ride out the spring ski planning with. This report comes a bit later than usual, as we anticipate the spring skiing to be good …

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Thanks for a great 2016/2017 Ice Season

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Viren Perumal1 Comment

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 …