Hey there Ice climbers – March looks like it will be a fantastic month for the ice this year in Lee Vining Canyon and if we can keep freezing temps at night we may even have a long April season.
We had 2 guided groups in Lee Vining last weekend. Lindsey Had a 1:1 and I had a 2:1 PVT.
Beautiful temps and conditions for climbing ice this weekend
The Pool Power Plant road was well plowed and there were over 18 cars parked on Saturday. It is worth noting that its helpful to have a metal shovel to dig into the snowplow berm to enlarge a parking space if needed.
Frozen ruts made having a little bit of ground clearance ideal.
The approach is well filled in and as easy as it gets. Some ice in the Narrows is climbable, Bard Harrington has not formed up and main wall and chouinards are filled up nicely.
Several bolted anchors are buried with ice which caught some parties by surprise that were planning on climbing to fixed anchors.
It looks like a high pressure ridge will move into the area for the next little bit – Im expecting some really great conditions on the ice for the next little bit.
I stumbled across an interesting article about the ice climbing and climate change – its worth a read!
Enjoy some photos from this past Saturday!