Eastern Sierra Ice Report UPDATE // January 9th, 10th and 11th.

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Hope everyone has had a good start to 2021! I just wanted to drop in a little update for the LVC and June Lake areas. I was out in LVC this past Saturday (January 9, 2021) with a group and we had a really nice time on the Chouinards Wall. We had another guide out in the June Lake area today and here’s what we saw: Lee Vining Canyon UPDATE (January 9th and 10th)  Approach:  Overall tame, if you choose …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report: 12.31.20 // Good bye 2020!

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Disclaimer: By reading this ice report you understand and accept ice climbing is a dangerous activity requiring significant skill and experience. This report is for reference only and does not erase personal responsibility for your own actions and decision making. Happy New Years Eve! I hope everyone is ready to get 2020 done and over with! Just a few updates for our Eastern Sierra ice climbing venues to report. First, the ice is still out there and it’s getting better. …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report: 12.10.20 // It’s not half good!

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Hello everyone! What a strange year it has been, and while Covid-19 is making its biggest surge yet in California, it has not stopped the ice from flowing! That’s right, there is ice and it’s not half good. Yes you heard that correctly. There is ice but it’s only half good.  I’ve been out a couple days this season so far, one yesterday out to Lee Vining Canyon, and another day out to Lundy Canyon. And while there is climbable …

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Ice Report Feb 13, 2020

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report by Michael O'Connor1 Comment

How’s it going Sierra Ice Climbers?! I was just out for a few days of ice climbing this past week and weekend and here is a quick update on what things have been like out there. Thursday (Feb 6) I hiked out to LVC on a very nice boot pack which made the approach a breeze and surprisingly there is still a lot of climbable ice up there! Chouinard’s has nice fat ice through the middle sections with the outer …

Lee Vining Ice Conditions Update Jan 23rd, 2020

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Lindsey Hamm1 Comment

Hey all, I have been out climbing in LV the last three days- the climbing has been interesting and fun. However, yesterday on the Main Wall (specifically) the flows were climbing like it was Spring time. At one point I could push screws in. It was basically raining on us. Things are getting thin out there, but still climbable. Chouinards climbing fun. Definitely “hero” ice but getting better screws. There are two paths: one going up to Main Wall and …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report- Jan 5th

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report by Lindsey Hamm1 Comment

Hello Ice Climbers, I wanted to update everyone on the hiking conditions and the routes. Hike in is packed down- I have been walking in with crampons which helps with the firm snow in the mornings and I have been hiking back down in them as well. You can get away with just walking in, but its been nice having a little extra security. Micro spikes could be a good option too. Main Wall- I climbed the Center Flow yesterday. It …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – Dec. 28, 2019

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ICE, ICE BABY!  To my fellow ice climbers:  First off, the road into Poole Plant is driving well, packed down. Make sure to park smart for others to get a spot too. The trail has been redirected across the creek- you will go over it twice, but in great shape. You will want snowshoes to travel into the canyon. The trail in packed down and good to go. The Main Wall Is still looking thin, however, the Center Flow is …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – April 19, 2019 (Main Wall update)

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Caveman Dies….. Well even though Chouinard falls will have some good early morning sticks Main wall is on its way out with a few warm days in the Sierra in the later part of this week Here is a post I received on FB tonight from Liz Lampson. Thanks for sharing the photos Liz 🙂 “Since you’re apparently the curator of Sierra ice conditions, here’s a before/after from about 2 pm today in Lee Vining Canyon (I was just hiking, …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – April 18, 2019

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Hi Ice climbers! Tax season may be over but the Ice is still holding on in Lee Vining Canyon. I was out guiding Ice last Tuesday and was happy to find ideal ice climbing conditions. We had a good hard freeze over night and even a few inches of fresh snow fell overnight. The road in has improved and is less rutted and muddy as much of the water and frozen mud has dried. We brought snowshoes in the car …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – April 6, 2019

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

  Hey there Ice climbers – we are having an incredible spring in the eastern Sierra. The snowpack is holding up giving ski and approach conditions a nice base. I was guiding ice in Lee vining canyon on Monday and Thursday this week and found ideal spring conditions. The approach is still filled in really well with snow and we have been able to approach the climbing without floatation. On Thursday at about 3:30 I was able to hike out …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 25, 2019

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Hey Ice climbers – I was out last Wednesday and over the weekend climbing ice in Lee Vining Canyon. It is fantastic and the long days, mild temps, filled in approach and fat hero ice has been really fun. Ice in June Lake has been seeing too much sun to be climbable so lee vining has been seeing most if the climber traffic but crowds have been minimal. We were the only people on main wall yesterday and there have …