Happy New Years Ice Climbers. We just had an amazing week for ice with super cold temps and clear skies. The Ice has been growing and the approach is in great condition in Lee Vining Canyon.
Several Parties have been swinging tools and enjoying the ice this season (since the backcountry skiing has been low tide in many areas and the lines have been long for the resort winter recreation)
I was out yesterday in Lee Vining Canyon and enjoyed a quick hike up to the ice with a solid boot pack and no post holing. This could all change by tommorow as a storm watch is in effect and flotation and avalanche considerations could be a factor for this weekend.
As always check the avalanche advisory prior to heading out to climb ice.
As for the ice – there have been some changes this past week. Chouinard Falls is seeing a lot of water running on the surface of the ice and this has even thinned out some of the ice lines that had previously been fat. Lines on the left side are thinner and the climb below the 2nd to left bolts had running water that made it out of condition for climbing.
The right side is forming up nicely and there are some alternative zones for ice below the “Tioga Cliff” (Early and cold days) and below the “green bridge”
The good news is that a few lines are formed up nicely on the main wall. With T.Hobbs rope gunning – We did a long 80M pitch up main line yesterday and had an awesome adventure up Heel – Toe (what a wild finish)
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