February 28, 2006 Current Conditions

Okay, it Rained—a Lot

Word from Mount Baldy is that the ski area received a staggering 8-10 inches of rain. A little colder, and that one storm could have turned the season around down here in the San Gabriel Mountains. All is not lost, however. Mammoth and the Southern Sierra were utterly hammered by this last storm: 5 feet (more...)...

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February 19, 2006 Skiing

Tuttle Creek Shakedown

I’ve been trying to think of a good motto for this website, and one of my ideas, which seems especially apt right now, is “We make the mistakes so you don’t have to.” My trip up Tuttle Creek was certainly educational, in the sense that I was well-schooled by the mountain. For all you snow-campers (more...)...

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February 8, 2006 Climbing

Cerro Torre Mystery Solved?

National Geographic Adventure magazine is running a story on a recent ascent of Patagonia’s 10,262′ Cerro Torre, considered one of the world’s hardest climbs. Mountaineering Geeks out there are probably aware that Cerro Torre is the site of one of climbing’s greatest controversies. Here’s a little background: Cesare Maestri, a legendary Italian climber, claimed the (more...)...

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February 7, 2006 Gear

This Just in: New Gloves Warmer than Old

Our cutting-edge research team has just confirmed new gloves are indeed warmer than old ones. With morning temperatures hovering around 9° during my Colorado tour, my ancient Marker racing gloves weren’t up to snuff anymore. I decided to try Marmot’s Randonnee glove. The Randonnee is simple, comfortable, and warm, with a waterproof Gore-Tex XCR insert. (more...)...

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February 6, 2006 Skiing


Home Again, Home Again…after many happy memories in Telluride (and 35 inches of new snow in seven days), we’re back once again in sunny, snowless SoCal. Conditions here in the local mountains remain pretty bleak, with the storm track remaining well to the north, so I’ve been adding a few more shots to the Photo (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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