Lee Vining Ice Conditions

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Dmitriy Litvak · Mar 15, 2016 · Pacifica, CA · Joined May 2007 · Points: 25
Anyone has been to Lee Vining recently. Is ice still nice?

Aaron.Baumann · Mar 16, 2016 · Hayward, CA · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0
Just got back from climbing Sunday!

Ice is still pretty bomber... way better than when I was there in December. We climbed mostly the very left side of the right wall (near where that rock hang-out is, and the rescue litter is stashed), which was a great WI-3+/4- route, pretty thin in some areas, but overall still very solid.

Still tons of powder in the upper part of the canyon, and it was a miserable slog op top of 50mph gusts last weekend (it took us the better part of 90mins to get to the base of Chouinard Falls). Spin drift was constant all day. Here's some pictures from Sunday (3/13):

Very left of the Chouinard Wall (right where the "hangout" is where the rescue litter is stashed). Awesome WI-3+/4- route:

Left half of Chouinard:

All of Chouinard:

Very left "Main Wall" that no one climbed... looks pretty fat though!

Piotr · Mar 16, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 40

Dmitriy Litvak · Mar 23, 2016 · Pacifica, CA · Joined May 2007 · Points: 25
Ice looking good as of yesterday. Monday saw an inch of snow.

Main wall is leadable. There is a horizontal crack through the upper portion, though.
Use caution!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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