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Mar 15, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: On top of Rectory
Anyone has been to Lee Vining recently. Is ice still nice?
Thanks
Dmitriy Litvak
From Pacifica, CA
Joined May 25, 2007
59 points
Mar 16, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit of Mt. Shasta, June 28, 2015
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!
Aaron.Baumann
From Hayward, CA
Joined Apr 17, 2015
45 points
Mar 16, 2016
BLUE BUTTER! Piotr
Joined Jan 22, 2010
48 points
Mar 23, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: On top of Rectory
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!
Dmitriy Litvak
From Pacifica, CA
Joined May 25, 2007
59 points


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