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Trip Report – Mammoth to June via the Ritter Range, “A Tale of 2 Aussies”

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From March 10-13, 2014, I had a chance to spend some quality ski time with two “mates” from the land down under. JP Darby and Mike Garret were certainly Men At Work out there but they know how to play too on skis in our Sierra Mountains. What a pleasure it was to show these guys around in our backyard including the spectacular Ritter Range where they could not believe we saw nobody in 3 days. Enjoy this video SMG …

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Eastern Sierra Ice Report – March 18, 2014

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Hi there ice climbers! Well as you may have noticed, Our ice report got a facelift along with our entire website. Unfortunately, we are guides and are not really competent with websites. If you are reading this you may be interested in one last ice climbing hurrah here in the Eastern Sierra. If that IS you, then read on… This winter has been one for the record books. California experienced the driest winter on record in many locations including the …

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State of the High Sierra Backcountry – March 2014

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Backcountry Snow Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie Schwartz2 Comments

Rock Creek – Pine Creek Divide, March 5, 2014 Skiers and Snowboarders! Here we are, in March of historic 2014. This is officially the driest year in California since records started being kept in the 1850’s. For all we know, it is the driest year in CA since dinosaurs walked the Earth. Other than one or two marginal days in late December my first time in the Eastern Sierra backcountry this season was February 2nd. Yes, Groundhog Day, one of …

AMGA Certified Guides

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*Sierra Mountain Guides was the first, and is currently one of the few, guide services in the US that require guides to be AMGA certified or actively on track toward certification in the guiding disciplines they work. Elevation Outdoors The Guide Line by Doug Schnitzspahn on June 27, 2012 Haul Bag? Nope. The six-day AMGA rock guide exam requires climbers to learn client care beyond belays. The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is attempting to make sure people who go …