Hey there Ice Climbers!!!
This week has felt like spring has arrived in full force to the Sierra. Sunny skies, warm temps, dry roads, and filled in approaches has made Eastern Sierra ice climbing ideal this week. I was out guiding last Tuesday and Wednesday on Chouinard falls and the Main wall in Lee Vining Canyon and Lindsey Hamm was out this weekend teaching an Ice 101.
There is not much change in conditions in the past week besides really comfortable climbing temps. The surface snow on the climbs continue to melt out. Bolts on the main wall are still free of snow though there are a few sets of bolted anchors that remain buried on Chouinard falls.
the road in still has snow and can get rowdy in the afternoon where frozen ruts become slushy. Having some ground clearance and AWD/ 4WD can be optimal for the Poole Power Plant road.
There was a local climber that had an Oil pan casualty due to lower clearance last week.
We do have some new snow forecasted for the middle of this week so conditions will continue to change but overall this will be a nice late spring season for ice climbing.
Enjoy the photos from Lindsy from Saturday.