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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 29th, 2016

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Howdy California ice climbers, With not much notable change lately we have been quietly climbing and not reporting, but it’s about time for an update. Ice climbing conditions in the Eastern Sierra have been quite good, and they seem to still be getting better overall with each passing day. We just had a few days of warm temps, and now a decent amount of rain on the snow. In January, we do not expect profound effects on the stability of …

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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 Ice Report – March 24, 2015 (End of Season)

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Hi there ice climbers!, Happy spring. The end of another Eastside ice season is nigh. It’s been an interesting one, with lots of warm temps and falling ice, but it always provided just enough fun, with reasonable access conditions. It is nice to re-affirm that even in such a warm climate, the Eastern Sierra still hosts the most reliable winter ice climbing on the west coast. Though temps have cooled slightly in the past few days, spring has sprung and the …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 25, 2015

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Hi there ice climbers, We are finally having a return to winter! The high temperatures have dropped around 25 degrees F over the weekend and have remained cool at night since. We even have received some much needed snow. That means the ice is back to growing and solidifying instead of shrinking and delaminating. It also means the approaches are back to their least favorable state with a bit of slippery snow on talus. Horsetail Falls is still out of recommended …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 2nd, 2015

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Hi Ice Climbers, Happy Groundhogs Day. 6 more weeks of winter, according to the little marmot. Hope you are enjoying the warm temps. The ice is hanging in there since last report. There are limited climbs for this time of year, but fortunately some lines that would normally be buried in snow are in great shape. anything that was thin or delicate has disappeared for now, but the fatter main lines are climbing well. Be wary of hollow ice with …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 21, 2015

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Hey Ice Climbers, Hope you get to enjoy the ice before it is gone. We usually don’t say that until mid-March, but this year all bets are off. We all know that ice does not fare well in a warming globe, and that goes for California too, not just polar ice caps. 2014 was the warmest year in recorded California history, by a long shot. December 2014 was incredibly warm and it wasn’t until the end of the month that …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 12, 2015

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Howdy Ice Climbers!  It’s been an exciting week here on the Eastside. June-uary is in full effect with mega warm temps and amazing rock climbing weather. Unfortunately, this is not good news for ice. After an awesome cold snap, warm temperatures returned a bit too soon, culminating in a Friday evening that didn’t freeze below 8500′. This resulted in late March conditions in early January. We witnessed the center of Horsetail Falls, which was completely covered in ice 1 week ago, …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 29, 2014

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Ice Climbers! Brrrrrrrr, it’s cold. Just what we need for building ice! With these temps expect the ice to be growing and attaching well to the cliffs of Lee Vining Canyon and June Lake.   Horsetail Falls and Tatums in June Lake are both climbable with caution if not trepidation. Good fun! Roadside Ice should be good for a lazy toprope hero session and appears to have been engineered for this season. Lundy and Parker canyons are good to go …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 23, 2014

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Happy Holidays ice climbers! It is warm. Too warm. In Lee Vining Canyon the ice is in, but only really at Chouinard Falls. There are 3 or 4 decent climbable lines there and with high temps today up there reaching the mid-50’s the ice is dropping. Yesterday, our guide Viren Perumal reported the Main Wall was actively shedding ice throughout the day and his photos show a significant loss of ice around the thin edges since last week. Any ice …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 15, 2014

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Howdy ice climbers, Temps have been dropping so we went to Lee Vining Canyon to have a look see. The ice is a bit anemic this early season, but better than last report and well attached to the rock, even in the thinner areas. Climbing quality is very good. Bring short screws. Try not to knock down the tender icicles forming over the rock bulges. These will be fun to climb in the near future. Chouinard Falls is really the …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 7, 2014

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Hi there ice climbers! Everyone expects that by now in the season we should be kicking and swinging with abandon. We had a handful of seasons in the past decade where that happened. This year though, it’s been too warm. We had a bit of a cold snap in late November that started to freeze things and the snow free approaches offered some climbing opportunities in the mountains on the flows that generally get buried or tougher to access later in …