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Alpine Conditions Report – October 8th, 2017

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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 …

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Devil’s Dream Tour & Backcountry Snow Report – April 7, 2017

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Happy spring Eastern Sierra skiers and riders! Hope you are enjoying the Sierra backcountry season so far. It’s only around half way done. And with that in mind I would like this post to serve a few different purposes: 1) to help inform you about recent and current conditions as per usual, 2) to celebrate June Mountain and all that it offers us backcountry recreators on the eve of it’s annual spring closure, and 3) to report on a tour …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – March 10th, 2017

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Hi backcountry skiers and snowboard riders, We meet again! We have neglected this report for a month and a half now. If this has pissed you off… then good. I guess we are doing it well, when we do it. But anyone who actually has been skiing in the Eastern Sierra since we last reported knows that really there has been little to report, other than that this amazing winter got even better through late February. If this is news …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 4-7, 2017

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Viren Perumal4 Comments

Hi Ice Climbers.  It is March and the Ice Conditions are in Prime shape….Longer days, well filled in approach, and thick fat ice are all making this the best time to climb ice in Lee Vining Canyon.  June Lake Ice is still buried by snow up high and Roadside ice is mostly sun rotten, but the ice in the Narrows, Bard-Harrington, Main Wall and Chouinard Falls are in great shape. The avalanche activity has been pretty heavy duty this year and …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 16-17, 2017

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Major busy week for Avalanche activity – fun midweek high pressure with weekend storms!! Hi all conditions were very rowdy over this past dynamic week with a storm last weekend and another one currently dumping snow on us with the combination of some warm sunny days and winds we have had a lot of avalanche activity in the canyon…far more than typical!!! Last Sunday was the first clear day with lots of solar radiation cooking the snowpack and there was …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 6, 2017 (Windpocolypse with Avy observations and Tahoe Ice)

In Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Viren Perumal2 Comments

Hey Ice Climbers….we have another dynamic week of ice climbing to dive into with this weeks report!!! Check out our video below…Highlights include the Narrows Getting thinner and hooked out, Bard Harrington climbable on many different routes, Mainwall being fat, and Chouinards being hooked out and filled in nicely.  Avy danger has been real, and many inexperienced parties have been walking through terrain traps and not carrying avy gear or floatation for the approach. Please remember if you are top …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 27, 2017

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

Hi Ice Climbers – Sorry for the delay of our weekly Ice Conditions Report.  We have been busy shoveling and digging out from our epic record setting month of snowfall.  Conditions have been perfect for Ice climbing formation, and there has been a lot of changes in the past 2 weeks.  The big news is after the past several years of dry conditions…the Bard Harrington Wall has Ice – YEAH!!! Check out our Lee Vining Ice Conditions Video Report… June …