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 lead… Main wall is still thin at the bottom. Chouinard Falls is still fat, hero and sticky with as we found out on Saturday. There are six different lines that can be independently lead with ropes hanging, and without interfering with other climbers.
The approach is actually better than our last report since the snow has melted on the initial talus field. Overall cold temps and new moisture on the horizon should help our cause for maintaining the ice and keep the season going for a while longer.
Keep checking back for changing conditions