July 10, 2015 Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance? Current Conditions

Is It Time to Buy El Nino Insurance?

Well, the El Nino predictions for this coming winter seem to be firming up, just when I was starting to kick my Howard Sheckter addiction (more...)...

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July 7, 2015 Enlightenment vs. The Marionette Gear

Enlightenment vs. The Marionette

If you suspect the world is racing toward Hell in a Handbasket in some vague but fundamentally new way, Joseph Heath agrees with you (more...)...

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July 3, 2015 A Walk Around the Block Hiking

A Walk Around the Block

The question is: where do you start? The hills may be calling, but if you’ve never picked up the phone, or if you’ve been slowed or injured or otherwise just waylaid (more...)...

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July 1, 2015 What I Musings

What I’m Doing (And Not Doing)

Here’s sunset on Coronado Island, just off San Diego. Having spent the past weekend wandering about, I have the say the place is very impressive—almost as nice as Santa Monica (more...)...

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June 13, 2015 Surviving the Gloom Current Conditions

Surviving the Gloom

Among the many challenges residents of Southern California face, perhaps none is so dire as the loss of the very thing that defines our existence. I am speaking, of course, of the sun, and that dreaded time of year known as the June Gloom (more...)...

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June 9, 2015 The BPA Saga Continues... Health

The BPA Saga Continues…

With something somewhere between disgust and resignation, I must report to you that BPA, the ambiguously-toxic (or is it safe?) wonder chemical found throughout our plastics and thus our bodies, is once again back in the news (more...)...

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June 6, 2015 2005: Origins Musings

2005: Origins

SierraDescents officially started in November 2005 (when the first post appeared), but I tend to think the site began during the 2004-2005 winter (more...)...

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May 26, 2015 The Winter Wrap: 2015 Current Conditions

The Winter Wrap: 2015

What happened? I think I can safely speak on behalf of most Californians when I say 2014-2015 was not the winter we were hoping for (more...)...

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May 8, 2015 Say No To Summer Alert! Current Conditions

Say No To Summer Alert!

On the strength of an out-of-nowhere May storm that has dropped 12-18″ of fresh snow and is still going, Mammoth Mountain has cancelled their planned closure this weekend (more...)...

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May 5, 2015 Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II Tips & Technique

Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II

The downhill ski works. You do the move, and it’s practically universal: hard snow, soft snow, low angle, high angle, damn the consequences, it works (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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