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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 21

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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 …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 12

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Hey there California Ice Climbers….Winter poked its head out today.  Yeah for cold temps and precipitation. It may be short lived but it was nice to enjoy some cold temps and great ice this week. I climbed in June Lake yesterday (2/111) and found some fun conditions on the North Gully and we climbed on Chouinard Falls today (2/12) with some full on winter like conditions. Lee Vining Canyon Things have changed drastically – until yesterday you could have gotten …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 4, 2018

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ICE CLIMBING IS HOT!!!! Hey there California Ice Climbers….Things are getting silly this year. Winter is not coming …. and if we were all in game of thrones the white walkers would have all melted away and we would feel silly for buying shovels and snow scrapers and those folks who bought studded snow tires after last winter (yeah I wanted the best chance of getting to the ice) have gotten skunked. That said Howie had some great thoughts on …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 29, 2018

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Hey there California Ice Climbers – I was out guiding Ice on the 27th and 28th weekend and what a difference a week of winter temps made.  Single digit temps and some fresh snow of up to 12″ around June Lake gave us a glimpse of winter last week, and made for some growth in the ice.  Some Ice that had vanished this season came back in and was in great shape after our week long cold snap.  The bad …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – January 21, 2018

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

  Hey there Ice climbers – It finally felt like winter arrived today.  Cold daytime temps and a light dusting of snow made for a fantastic day out swinging tools.  This has been a dry season with warm temps that has toppled all but the thickest ice….Chouinard Falls being the most consistent ice in the state of California is still holding on.  Overall the Ice in the Eastern Sierra has gotten thinner since our last report at the beginning of …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – December 28, 2017

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Hi there Ice Climbers. Christmas is behind us and the days are getting longer as we approach the New Year! SMG ran our first Ice Climbing 101 program for the season, and we found some fantastic ice. Overall conditions are thin given the warm daytime temperatures but long cold nights have been helping things out. June Lake has the highest concentration of easily accessible ice right now. There are several gullies on Carson Peak that keep growing and looking better …

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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 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 2nd, 2016

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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 27th, 2015

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Happy Holidays backcountry skiers and snowboarders, December has been good to us. Small to medium storms with winds in between is the pattern. The winds of December 21-23 toppled dozens of full grown beetle-killed snags in the June Mountain backcountry and littered the snow surface with an unprecedented amount of detritus on top of sastrugi. Not such fun conditions, after a couple weeks of excellent cold powder skiing. Fortunately, it was a white X-mas and we got another 1’+ on top. …

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High on Crystal!

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Yesterday, we had a fine traverse of Crystal Crag, the monolith that towers over the Mammoth Lakes basin and offers fine, moderate, multi pitch rock climbing with an exciting alpine ridge traverse. The group consisted of Clark Harding – a writer for Outtraveler online travel magazine  and Hollywood visual effects technician, and Lara Kaylor – a Mammoth local writer and media specialist for visitmammoth.com. Thanks to both Clark and Lara for being excellent climbing partners and for a fantastic day …