Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas.
I got to celebrate a special Solstice on the ice on Friday with my good friend Eric. It was great to be outside recreating in winter with the knowledge that the days are officially getting longer and the ice is getting fatter.
The road into Lee Vining was in good shape and though the morning started with high wind gusts and even some rain and snow showers it turned into a beautiful day out. There were 6 parties out on Friday climbing ice but everybody got a lot of pitches and the ice was in great shape.
All 6 sets of bolted anchors on Chouinard Falls are exposed and free of ice and there are several flows with fat well bonded ice.
Some of the thinner lines like “Heel Toe” were climbed last week and main wall is taking screws all the way up though still thin in places.
The best thing is that the approach is in great shape with an easy and quick approach in the middle of the canyon and so far it seems like the flows in the creek that we saw last year from Edison doing repairs on the Poole Power Plant will not affect us
Look forward to seeing you out there on the ice this season