Hi Ice Climbers,
Happy Groundhogs Day. 6 more weeks of winter, according to the little marmot. Hope you are enjoying the warm temps. The ice is hanging in there since last report. There are limited climbs for this time of year, but fortunately some lines that would normally be buried in snow are in great shape. anything that was thin or delicate has disappeared for now, but the fatter main lines are climbing well. Be wary of hollow ice with water running beneath. Even on a toprope, breaking through a hole in the ice could be very serious. We are not recommending climbing at Horsetail Falls in the main falls area right now due to unstable ice conditions and overhead hazard. The creek is open so access to some lines is difficult. The north flow is still looking ok down low but questionable up higher. In Lee Vining Canyon. Chouinard wall has 3-4 climbable lines. Main Wall is a bit scary right now and not recommended, particularly on these warm days. The flow at the head of the canyon is in good shape, requiring some extra walking.
That’s the latest. Be careful out there, watch temps, and don’t trust unstable ice. Winter will come back soon. The groundhog has deemed it to be so.