July 11, 2008 LPP’s Northeast Face: Another Look Current Conditions

LPP’s Northeast Face: Another Look

When I skied Lone Pine Peak’s East Couloir this spring, I didn’t get a chance to take any scouting photos of the Northeast Face in its entirety. Here’s a recent shot of the face from near Independence, showing the entire face and drainage right down to the desert—all 6500 vertical feet of it. Looking at (more...)...

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June 4, 2008 Current Conditions

March, April, May: ‘Driest Ever’

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that March, April, and May 2008 were the driest winter months on record for California and the Sierra Nevada mountains. I suppose that shouldn’t be surprising, given that (A) these three months traditionally see heavy snowfall in the Sierra and (B) this year these same months were essentially bone (more...)...

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May 29, 2008 Sierra Snow: Update Current Conditions

Sierra Snow: Update

SMS Leader Alvin Walter sent me a few photos from the Sierra’s Rock Creek drainage over Memorial Weekend. Alvin encountered ‘full winter conditions’ with up to a foot and a half of new powder. Looking at all that gorgeous snow, all I can think is, where were you three months ago! Sounds like those of (more...)...

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May 22, 2008 Rain, Hail, Lighting, Snow…Tornado? Current Conditions

Rain, Hail, Lighting, Snow…Tornado?

I was walking out my door today around 5 p.m. on the way to the grocery when the sudden rumble of thunder stopped me. Hmm…I guess those black clouds on the horizon weren’t fog, after all. SoCal weather took a turn for the bizarre today, with the full gamut of weather phenomena. Here at the (more...)...

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May 5, 2008 Current Conditions

Sierra Report: South Lake, Tioga

Grab your car keys: Tioga Pass Road is open to Ellerly Lake and the Yosemite park entrance, coming from Highway 395. Reports are that snow was very hard and frozen last weekend, with little softening, thanks to chilly temps (and even some rain). Mount Dana does not sound fun: rocky upper and too much bare (more...)...

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March 29, 2008 Current Conditions

Whitney Portal Road: ‘Closed’ vs. Closed

Well, I drove up to Lone Pine yesterday with big plans for some climbing and skiing in the Whitney Portal region, only to discover the road, which is normally “closed” for winter had been Closed (more...)...

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March 20, 2008 Current Conditions

Route 2 – Mt. Waterman Report

BUT IS THERE SNOW? That’s certainly the question that was on my mind, so I packed up the skis and the boy and hit the road. Figuring I’d try to find snow a little closer to home, I drove up Route 2 from La Canada. I’ll tell you, things looked pretty bleak at first. When (more...)...

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February 10, 2008 Current Conditions

San Gabriel Backcountry Warning – UPDATE

Travelers in the San Gabriel Mountains should be alert for unusually treacherous icy conditions on all north and shaded aspects (including NE and NW) between approximately 6000 and 8500 feet. I believe what we’re seeing is the top layer of snow that covered the ice crusts from the last storms has melted away, revealing smooth (more...)...

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February 8, 2008 Current Conditions

Southern Sierra Scouting Report

Wondering what things look like in the Whitney region? How about a few Aerial Shots by a USMC pilot? Spectacular! (more...)...

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January 28, 2008 Current Conditions

Storm Update: Add Another ‘Wow’

I figured the storms were about finished yesterday, with widely scattered showers here at home that seemed to be petering out as the day went by. Then last night I was awoken by the sound of heavy rain that didn’t seem to quit untill morning. In case you’re wondering what happened in the local mountains, (more...)...

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