March 29, 2007 Current Conditions

El Nino or El Nada?

Some of you may recall this was supposed to be an El Nino Winter, with above-average precipitation for the western United States. What happened? This winter can be charitably described as a cruel hoax: currently, Los Angeles is (arguably) experiencing its driest winter on record. To the north, even Mt. Shasta (!) is experiencing a (more...)...

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March 20, 2007 Skiing

Skiing Abineau Canyon—Sort of

We’re in Northern Arizona right now, seeking snow and surgery. With regard to the surgery, we got great news. As for the snow… I decided I was going to hike up the San Francisco Peaks and ski whatever snow I could find—link patch to patch, if I had to. Abineau Canyon, on the northeast side (more...)...

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March 8, 2007 Current Conditions

Mount Baldy Report: Bleak

I’ve been suspecting (or maybe hoping is the better word) there’s more snow in the local mountains than reported. The only way to get good intel, I know, is to put boots on the ground, so I drove up to Mount Baldy to hit the ski area and scout out the backcountry possibilities. Ouch! God (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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