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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 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 …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 8th 2017

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Greetings Ice Climbers….What an exciting week of weather for California Ice climbers and backcountry mountain users.  The conditions are constantly changing during one of the wettest winter months that we have had in a long time.  Since our last report we have had nice well forming ice on new years day with lots of folks out climbing at Horsetail, Roadside, and Lee Vining Canyon.  I spent my New years Day climbing pitches on the Main wall which has been fattening …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 29, 2016

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Hey there Ice Climbers.  Welcome to another week of conditions updates.  Since our last report we have had a small snow event that put almost 3 ft of New snow up in the high mountains that gave us a “White Christmas”  here in Mammoth.  The snow came in with colder temps than the last storm and deposited lighter more faceted snow on top of the old snowpack.  what this meant for ice climbers is that the approaches got a little …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 9, 2016

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

  Greetings Ice Climbers….. It has been a wild week for the early season ice in California.  Very cold days with brittle ice and arctic winds, some fresh new moisture in the form of rain, and warm cascade temps have given our ice the full spectrum of conditions this week.  Overall there is fun ice to be climbed in all of the standard venues. The ice continues to be thin in places, and during the warmer spells not well bonded …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 2nd, 2016

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

Above photo: Viren Perumal leading up Roadside Left (12/2/2016) – A. Barber Welcome to December Early Season Ice. We are excited about our first of many Ice Reports for the 2016/2017 season.  Keep checking back for updates and photos and videos throughout the season. The days are getting short meaning long nights with below freezing temps. Throughout the country we have been seeing posts of early season ice climbing in places like the Canadian Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado….But for Californian …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 21, 2016 (End of Season)

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz1 Comment

Happy Spring Ice Climbers! Ice has been good this season, and we haven’t had many interesting ice happenings to report on until now. Spring is in the air and has recently sprung in force, so we are looking at the tail end of the ice climbing season around here. That said, we had some thick and fortuitous ice formations this winter that are holding on well at this point. As most climbers shift focus to the sunny rocky crags, the …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 27th, 2015

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz1 Comment

Happy holidays ice climbers, Not a whole lot of new to report from the Eastside. It was a strong start to the season in December and the ice remains in good form. The trail in to Lee Vining Canyon is currently decent, with a few large holes that are to be expected. The Main Wall and Chouinard Wall are looking good and climbing well. Horsetail Falls was getting there, then fell down, and now has reformed. There is climbable ice …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – November 25th, 2015

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

Season’s greetings ice climbers! Once again, the nip is in the air and thoughts turn to climbing frozen waterfalls. That means we are excited to provide consistent, up-to-date reporting on local conditions throughout the season. We guide and climb in the best ice climbing venue on the west coast, and we hope you will get a chance to enjoy the ice here this season. We have been getting a lot of questions about how the ice is doing. We have …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report November 24th, 2015

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie SchwartzLeave a Comment

Salutations backcountry skiers and snowboarders! The backcountry season is open! That means we at SMG now continue our tradition of reporting on the current and recent snow conditions for the Eastern Sierra. As a reminder, This report is not an avalanche advisory, nor is it comparable to information offered by any avalanche information center. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center is the local avalanche center that keeps us all informed on snow and avalanche conditions for purposes of backcountry risk management. …

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Alpine Conditions Report – July 1, 2015

In Conditions Reports, From the Range of Light & Fast, High Sierra Alpine Report by Howie Schwartz4 Comments

Howdy mountaineers and high country enthusiasts, Hope you are all enjoying summer at this point. We are! After the driest winter on record, the High Sierra experienced one of the wettest calendar months ever. The town of Bishop hit May records for amount of rainfall and consecutive days with precipitation. In June, mountain weather has remained somewhat unusual with daily high temperatures spanning more than 30 degrees F in many locations. In Bishop, 17 days have hit highs in the …