Howdy ice climbers! It’s been a while, how have you been? It’s fall and we have emerged from a bit of a cold spell. It is no surprise that we receiving inquiries on ice conditions. We are excited about it too, but this is the time of year when options are limited and young ice is at it’s most fragile. In Lee Vining Canyon the Chouinard Falls has a bit of climbable thin ice. We don’t recommend people to go there quite yet. The protection will be marginal at best and if you knock down sheets of ice it will just take longer for the real climbing season to start for the rest of us. The Main Wall is not in. Horsetail Falls and Roadside Ice in the June Lake area are not happening. Your best best for Eastside Ice right now is the Thor Falls in the Mount Whitney area. This is the flow between Lower and Upper Boyscout Lakes that drains Thor Lake on the NW side of Mt. Thor. You do have to get yourself a permit for the day or overnight and be willing to walk a bit for it, but you probably won’t see many people and the ice is reported to be in good shape.
Stay tuned in to this report for more information and photos as the season progresses. We are looking forward to another great one, and we hope to see you out there soon!