Eastern Sierra Ice Report – February 25, 2015

In Conditions Reports, Eastern Sierra Ice Report, From the Range of Light & Fast by Howie SchwartzLeave a Comment

Hi there ice climbers,

We are finally having a return to winter! The high temperatures have dropped around 25 degrees F over the weekend and have remained cool at night since. We even have received some much needed snow. That means the ice is back to growing and solidifying instead of shrinking and delaminating. It also means the approaches are back to their least favorable state with a bit of slippery snow on talus. Horsetail Falls is still out of recommended condition but in Lee Vining Canyon, Chouinard and the upper flows are good. The Main Wall is getting better by the day but it is still quite thin in the lower sections. We can continue to hope that the recent warmth has recharged the drainages in Lee Vining Canyon and that the colder temps will allow ice to thicken up and prolong our season into later March. It might be a good time to get it while you can though, just in case the resilient ridge of high pressure moves back in and spring comes early. It could also be a great time to seek out ephemeral and unusual alpine ice lines throughout the Eastern Sierra before the snow starts to bury them too deeply. Get out, adventure, and send us some pics of what you find! Here is what we found over the weekend:


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