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Dec 19, 2015
Anyone been to LV recently. How's the ice forming up? RonC
From Roseville, CA
Joined Dec 19, 2015
1 points
Dec 19, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Creek Spire, Sierras, CA
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
MacM
From Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Joined Feb 5, 2010
685 points
Dec 20, 2015
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
Joined Sep 18, 2014
17 points
Dec 21, 2015
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. David Lane
Joined Sep 18, 2014
17 points
Dec 21, 2015
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.
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of Lee Vining
Top of Lee Vining
Jesse Toedtman
Joined May 20, 2013
85 points
Dec 22, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Mt. Shasta, June 28, 2015
Climbed Chouinard falls on Sunday. Main wall was fairly well filled in. Here's a crappy pano I took at the end of the day whilst it was snowing.

Rock Climbing Photo: Chouinard Falls 12/20/2015
Chouinard Falls 12/20/2015


Jesse - were you the ones camped out in front of your car over night? Someone left a fair amount of dry static at the top of the falls over night (a climber from Saturday may have left it). Wondering if it was yours.

Edit: Was at Horsetail on Saturday and it was great ice to the top - a little warm because it was snowing all day, but otherwise seemed fairly well filled in for running laps on a single pitch.
Aaron.Baumann
From Hayward, CA
Joined Apr 17, 2015
45 points
Dec 22, 2015
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.
Jesse Toedtman
Joined May 20, 2013
85 points
Dec 22, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Mt. Shasta, June 28, 2015
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
Aaron.Baumann
From Hayward, CA
Joined Apr 17, 2015
45 points
Dec 27, 2015
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.


Rock Climbing Photo: Hole in one
Hole in one
David Lane
Joined Sep 18, 2014
17 points
Dec 27, 2015
What are you doing down there? Jeff Scheuerell
Joined Jan 27, 2007
1,749 points
Dec 27, 2015
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. Rude Boy
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Apr 29, 2012
797 points
Dec 28, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Hello
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall and Chouinard Falls
Main Wall and Chouinard Falls


Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall
Main Wall


Spiral did not look good. :( Climbed the rightmost flow (Caveman) and top roped the one between it and the middle flow in one pitch. Beginning of Caveman is basically not protectable before you get to the crux bulge. First 13cm screw I tried to place hit rock after going half way in. Beginning of the climb to the left seemed just as hard to protect, if not harder. The actual ice on Saturday was brittle and putting screws in was as difficult as placing into a cement wall. I guess this is what climbing in cold states is like...glad we live in CA and don't have to deal with it on the regular...oh and that's why the ice here sucks in comparison to places like Canada and Alaska...

Rock Climbing Photo: Caveman
Caveman
SirTobyThe3rd
Joined Mar 12, 2012
1,884 points
Dec 29, 2015
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. Rude Boy
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Apr 29, 2012
797 points
Dec 30, 2015
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!
David Lane
Joined Sep 18, 2014
17 points
Dec 30, 2015
Ya, LV does suck, not worth the effort. Stay home, stay warm, stay dry. Jeff Scheuerell
Joined Jan 27, 2007
1,749 points
Dec 30, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Hello
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...
SirTobyThe3rd
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