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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – January 20th, 2017

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Good day to you backcountry skiers and riders, And a good day for all of us. We did it! Our collective pleas to the snow gods have been answered. A little late, but wow. The call has been answered in force. As I write this during a much needed rest day it is snowing huge flakes at around 2″/hour at 4000′ elevation in the town of Bishop. It has been a while since our last report, but I think everyone …

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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 Backcountry Snow Report – December 23rd, 2016

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  Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays backcountry enthusiasts! This installment of the BC Snow Report comes after an excellent week plus of early season backcountry skiing and riding. The last storm came in last Thursday wet and heavy with rain up to 9000’+ before cooling and amounting to more than 3.5 feet of snow in 24 hours at 9000′ on Mammoth Mountain. A record 14 inches of liquid water equivalent fell in this period but, unfortunately, a large amount of …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 17, 2016 ***Special Video Update***

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Hi California Ice Climbers!!! Welcome to the ever changing saga of ice melt and growth….Finally we have some good conditions for the ice to thicken and form with exciting new drips all over the place.  We have our first Video ice report for the season with special footage filmed by SMG Guest Joost Daniels from our Ice 101 this weekend. Lee Vining Canyon Our in depth video report from today….Check it out!!! Details about: Snow amounts Avalanche observations Approach Climbing Conditions …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 15, 2016

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Howdy Ice Climbers…It was an EPIC week to be a Whitewater Kayaker in California!!! – The Creeks were going off… There have not been too many great days for ice since our last report.  Last Saturday we moved our Ice program down to the Owens River Gorge…70MPH gusts and all day rain and 40 degree temps were not ideal for first time ice climbers (though climbing in a T-Shirt on sunny sport climbs was a good consolation prize 🙂  There …

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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 Backcountry Snow Report – December 1, 2016

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz2 Comments

Hello backcountry enthusiasts! Rock-tober becomes Snow-vember, and suddenly here we are, at the start of another backcountry season in the Eastern Sierra. We hope you all enjoyed that other part of the year where the remaining snow is generally unfit for sliding around on, assuming you have stayed here in the Northern hemisphere. Perhaps without the lure of backcountry snowsport, you were able to finally get some work done around the house, spend time with the family, and focus on your …

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SkiMo is neither.

In From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz11 Comments

  If you appreciate words, like I do, you may on occasion grieve the loss of them. Our culture changes and so too does our language. Handheld communication devices incentivize us to seek to conserve increasingly in demand stores of linguistic energy to create more time in our lives. We are quick to embrace language shortcuts like lol, lmfao, and cul8r. These abbreviated sentences, when used effectively, can save valuable seconds that grow to minutes, that add up to hours, days, …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – April 9th, 2016

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz9 Comments

Happy April backcountry skiers and snowboarders! What a season. It is hard to process it all, but suffice it to say that it has been the best in years. Sure, the El Niño turned into something of an el None yo, and that left a lingering air of disappointment that many just couldn’t get over. On the bright side, complaints about snow quantity were tempered by consistently high snow quality. There were very few days this season where the goods …