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Postby rhyang » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:07 pm

Hard to say, but the odds are not good .. in late March of 2005 there were big horizontal cracks and the thing looked pretty sketch. But we climbed it on the last day of March in 2006 on the left side. In late March 2007 it again had big horizontal cracks. In the 2008/2009 seasons it was pretty much dry.

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2006 (note how much sun it gets)
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2007
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Saw Kurt and Sara Matisse on Saturday as we were walking down past Chouinard after doing the Bard-Harrington.

Kovarpa leading second pitch
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Some friends climbed on the left side (better ice, interesting chimney finish)
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We also climbed Spiral Staircase and Heel-Toe via the ramp start .. temps were warming up.
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Postby Genesis » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:50 am

Wow, now that is a comprehensive response. Kinda what I was afraid of. Looks like I'll be waiting until next season!
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Postby Kurt Wedberg » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:45 am

Climbed on the Bard Harrington yesterday. The cold temperatures we're having made for nice climbing. Conditions are changing daily but there's still some great climbing to be had. The sun starts hitting parts of the ice at around 12:30 and depending on where you are talking about it can stay on it for a couple hours.

Here are a couple pics. The rest are here and here.

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The Bard Harrington Wall March 9, 2010

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This picture is of the area just below where rhyang's photo on the post above was taken. It was taken 3 days later. The ice changed a lot in those 3 days.

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The Main Wall at 3:45 pm on March 9 after a couple hours of sunlight on it.
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Postby Vicles » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:19 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFodoyer2q4

FYI, I post these purely out of interest to my ego!
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latest Lee Vining ice conditions?

Postby icyfrostyday » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:07 pm

Was anybody out at the canyon this past weekend March 27-28? I'm looking to go weekend of April 3-4 and wondering what the ice is still like? Any beta is welcome - especially if you were just there!
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Postby connollyck » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:13 am

anyone know conditions?
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Postby JHH60 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:48 pm

Bump. Planning on heading up there later in the week.
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Postby JHH60 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:02 pm

Just got back from LVC last night. There's still a lot of ice in there. Bard Harrington was looking thin and both it and the Main wall were showing some horizontal cracks, but Chouinard falls was quite fat with ice. Temps were in the 50s during the day so the snow was melting fast.
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Postby Vicles » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:30 am

donzo...go rockclimbing...see you next year!
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Postby mungeclimber » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:26 am

today...

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um, how do you say... not in condition?
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Postby mungeclimber » Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:37 pm

is no one duly impressed that there is ice down there?

that the lakes are frozen over?

that cats and dogs live together?


mass hysteria I tell you!
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Postby rhyang » Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:47 pm

Looks nasty dude :) Nice horizontal crack though ..

About this time of year in 2005 I went up to Split Mountain to check out the East Couloir .. dude was convinced there would be ice in the couloir. Umm, sort of .. but mainly the waterfall pitch was .. a waterfall :lol: We so bailed .. temps near 100F in Bishop should have been a pretty good clue.
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Postby mungeclimber » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:58 am

hahaha, yeah 100F will do that

must have been 80s down in bishop, this weekend?

still ice though. never seen it ice this late, even if it would fall over from the first stick.
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Postby rhyang » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:38 pm

Yeah, that's got to be tons of ice. I would not want to be anywhere near when it fell .. :shock:

On the other hand, once the snow melts I bet there are lots of rusty goodies hidden in the talus :lol:
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