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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 …