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SierraDescents | 2010

San Jacinto: Fortress of Solitude

San Jacinto: Fortress of Solitude

Here's a slide show of my trip up San Jacinto Peak on Thursday. Speedster Brent and I went up the tram and then up the east face. Snowfall totals and icing were eye-popping (more)

A White Christmas

A White Christmas

Clear skies and snowy peaks is the Christmas Day forecast here in the Southland. Expect impressive coverage above 9000 feet or so, and ice forests around the snow line. (more)

Ma Nature Goes Insane

Ma Nature Goes Insane

LA Times has a story on how Mother Nature has fooled the forecasters (more)

A Four Hour (Cold) Shower

A Four Hour (Cold) Shower

There are only so many days in a row I can watch heavy rain pound the pavement outside my apartment. But that stubborn snow level refused to come down. Finally, on Sunday, I (more)

Winter Yearbook (2009-2010)

Winter Yearbook (2009-2010)

Maybe I needed a little space to make sense of this past winter. It seemed at the time like I just wasn't getting out there as much as I wanted, but now that I've edited all (more)

Black Diamond Couloir Harness

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Black Diamond's Couloir is not the harness I'd want to be wearing if I was going to be hanging around all day, but short of that need, you'll have a hard time finding a better (more)

Powderwhore Productions’ Television

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Okay, I admit it: the prospect of spending an hour watching a crew of Telemarkers dropping their knees did not exactly fill my heart with glee. Skiing is a big tent, I (more)

The Eagle (and the UFC) Have Landed

The Eagle (and the UFC) Have Landed

There are a number of conversations I'm dreading having with my son. One of them is in the process of just beginning, courtesy of the UFC commercials which inconveniently (more)

The South Fork Slide, Revisited

The South Fork Slide, Revisited

Sometime during the '09-10 winter, a large avalanche took place on Alto-Diablo Peak's northeast aspect, wiping out a portion of the South Fork Trail. When my partner Al and I (more)

The ‘Couloir to Nowhere’ DVD is Here!

The 'Couloir to Nowhere' DVD is Here!

It's here at last: the Couloir to Nowhere DVD is now available, just in time for the holiday season! SierraDescents' first-ever short film tells the story of our ski descent (more)

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About SierraDescents

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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