Lee Vining Ice Conditions


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RonC · · Roseville, CA · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 0

Anyone been to LV recently. How's the ice forming up?

MacM · · Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 540

Was at June Lake on Thursday and the warm weather was destroying Tatum and Horsetail. If that's much help to assessing Lee Vining Conditions.

Cheers,
Mac

David Lane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Lee Vining is the best its been this early in the season in quite a few years. I'll be going in tomorrow morning, I'll up date when I'm done.

David Lane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Snowing and blowing hard, didn't walk into the canyon. Went to JL roadside, did the left most line to the top rapped and came home. Sticky ice at June but not much of it.

Jesse Toedtman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 0

I climbed there Saturday. The approach was miserable as always, but he ice was great! Sorry for the poor quality pictures, but here is one from the top second from the left bolts.

Top of Lee Vining

Aaron.Baumann · · Hayward, CA · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0
Jesse Toedtman · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 0

Aaron

We ended up staying at Murpheys. There were a few folks in a car with TX plates that had camped Friday night I believe.

Aaron.Baumann · · Hayward, CA · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0
Jesse Toedtman wrote:Aaron We ended up staying at Murpheys. There were a few folks in a car with TX plates that had camped Friday night I believe.
Was staying there as well! Cheers
David Lane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

re-established the trail in yesterday after recent storms, it was super fun ;) Luckily 2 younger guys from the bay area also helped and did a great job with the final section from the narrows up.

The ice was brutally hard and also in other spots very soft or fragile due to the egg shell that formed over the real ice under neath which was as hard as I have ever seen ice. Lots of swinging for sticks or lots of swinging to clear crap so you could get to something trustworthy.

Hole in one

Jeff Scheuerell · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 1,325

What are you doing down there?

Rude Boy · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 615

Hey David, how is the Main Wall filling in right now? Specifically the left side, Spiral Staircase? I was there beginning of Dec. and there was a little ice sticking to it but not much. Only the middle of the Main Wall was climbable as an ice climb then.

SirTobyThe3rd · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 1,740
Rude Boy · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 615

That sounds quite butt puckering V. Those flows are filling in though even if Spiral Staircase is a no go. Main Wall is much thicker.

David Lane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Sir are you V?

Aside from CA, I have only climbed ice in Cody WY, NV and Utah. I would have to say that Lee Vining is excellent for what it is! As far as an Ice Crag goes, specially when and if the Bard is in. Of course there are a lot better venues but I wouldn't say it sucks, June Lake roadside...now that sucks!

Jeff Scheuerell · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 1,325

Ya, LV does suck, not worth the effort. Stay home, stay warm, stay dry.

SirTobyThe3rd · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 1,740

David, yes. I sent you an email through ST forum, email me at xxvitaliyxx@yahoo.com if you didn't get it. Their PM system sucks.

Yeah, I also hope the spiral staircase forms. I have not ever climbed it, would be nice to since it is one of the classic routes there. Would be nice to have more direction as far as the mixed routes go. Does anyone know if there are topos or overlays with recommendations for rack? I remember there was a site with all the overlays, but I was not able to find it when I did a recent search.

Hope everyone has awesome New Years, the ice everywhere should kick ass with the current temperatures! Send the gnar! :)

"June Lake roadside...now that sucks!"

Check out Cascade Falls in Tahoe, if you want to add to the list...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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