Howdy ice climbers,
Temps have been dropping so we went to Lee Vining Canyon to have a look see. The ice is a bit anemic this early season, but better than last report and well attached to the rock, even in the thinner areas. Climbing quality is very good. Bring short screws. Try not to knock down the tender icicles forming over the rock bulges. These will be fun to climb in the near future.
Chouinard Falls is really the place most people will want to be. There are 4 or so unique reasonable lines at this time. The Main Wall is climbable if you can lead heady runout thin mixed and it stays cold. The Bard-Harrington is out. We’ll just stop saying that unless the penstock bursts and it suddenly becomes a climb again. June Lake area ice climbs are way too liquid. The approach to LVC is not terribly bad at the moment. Allow 45 minutes to just over an hour. That will likely change with the small storm in the next two days, at least until someone kindly breaks the trail.
Enjoy the ice! ~ Howie