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Easter Sierra Ice Report – April 7, 2018 (Last one of the season)

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Hey ice climbers. This is our final report for the season. SMG guide Geoff Unger guided ice in Lee Vining Canyon on March 29, and I was up there guiding on April 5 on what was probably my last day of ice guiding for the season. The approach has change a little since our last report and the name of the game is variable conditions. We are in a transitional spring snowpack with everything from dry talus to mashed potatoes …

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Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report – March 3rd, 2018

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

  Greetings riders de la backcountríe, Last time we said this report would be updated when there is something exciting to talk about. Well, how about the biggest storm of the season doubling our snowpack in the first 3 days of March? Yes!! Thanks for all the snow dances, prayers to Ullr, pagan rituals, toasts, & burning effigies that seem to have done the trick. The animal sacrifices may have been a bit much, but thanks for the efforts anyway. …

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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 – 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 16-17, 2017

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Major busy week for Avalanche activity – fun midweek high pressure with weekend storms!! Hi all conditions were very rowdy over this past dynamic week with a storm last weekend and another one currently dumping snow on us with the combination of some warm sunny days and winds we have had a lot of avalanche activity in the canyon…far more than typical!!! Last Sunday was the first clear day with lots of solar radiation cooking the snowpack and there was …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 6, 2017 (Windpocolypse with Avy observations and Tahoe Ice)

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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

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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 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 …