May 19, 2017 Birch Mountain—Still Big Video

Birch Mountain—Still Big

This past weekend Bill, not one but two Prestons, and I headed to Birch Mountain for a climb and ski, and in the early morning hours, somewhere in the first two thousand vertical feet of climbing (more...)...

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May 3, 2017 Mount Russell - Northeast Couloir Skiing

Mount Russell – Northeast Couloir

I haven’t skied anything remotely like this since Mount Muir six years ago. This is normally just a giant cliff face. When we crested Russell-Carillon Col and saw (more...)...

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May 2, 2017 Mount Carillon — Southeast Face Current Conditions

Mount Carillon — Southeast Face

Mount Carillon’s southeast face was supposed to be just an incidental snowfield en route to California fourteener Mount Russell, but instead it turned out to be 2000+ vertical feet of perhaps the best skiing I’ve ever had (more...)...

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April 27, 2017 Skiing The Thumb Skiing

Skiing The Thumb

A few quick notes: jeez, the wind was bad on this one, but the trip itself was great. This is a new format designed to better feature my photography. Yes, I know a lot is broken right now (more...)...

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April 24, 2017 What Current Conditions

What’s Going On Out There?

Yesterday I and two partners climbed and skied The Thumb from the Birch Creek trailhead, marking my first 7000-vertical-foot Eastern Sierra day (more...)...

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April 15, 2017 The Air Is Alive With Snow Current Conditions

The Air Is Alive With Snow

I ski for many reasons, but for a sunny Southern California resident days like this are a rare treat indeed. Mammoth’s record-setting 2017 winter continued (more...)...

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March 25, 2017 Scarpa F1 Review Gear

Scarpa F1 Review

Maybe Scarpa’s F1 doesn’t quite fit into the “ultralight” Alpine Touring ski boot category, but at just less than five and a half pounds per pair, it’s very, very close (more...)...

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March 20, 2017 Scouting Folly Current Conditions

Scouting Folly

What do you do when the mountain says, ‘I want to hurt you’? That was the question this past weekend, when Al and I scouted Folly Peak, for a planned but aborted ski descent (more...)...

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March 16, 2017 Pieps Micro Review Gear

Pieps Micro Review

With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive feat: they have added a genuine innovation to what would otherwise seem to be a fully-mature technology space. (more...)...

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March 13, 2017 Go West, Young Man Video

Go West, Young Man

You have seen it, have you not? Of course you have—it is the great White Whale of Southern California Skiing. Indeed, people across the world have seen it (more...)...

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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