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Postby Kurt Wedberg » Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:15 pm

I just took a look up there on Saturday December 5. Here are some photos. This will probably change if the storms in the current forecast materialize. The rest of the pics I took are here.

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Bard Harrington Wall

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Main Wall

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Chouinard Falls

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The boulder field at the beginning of the approach.
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Postby Diggler » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks for the update, Kurt! Updates like this when you're able, after getting up there, appreciated by those of us who live a long drive away from the ice.
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Postby connollyck » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:48 pm

can you walk up and toprope ice here or did someone lead up and set it up?
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Postby climb4life » Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:49 am

connellyck wrote:can you walk up and toprope ice here or did someone lead up and set it up?


You can walk around and set up a top rope on the right wall. There are a couple lines you can access by walking around. The rest need to be led. Everything on the center wall needs to be led. If the Bard Harrington wall forms you would need to lead these climbs too.

Edit: Just reread your question. I'm sure Kurt led the climb he has set up in his pictures.
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Postby Peak Freak » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:01 am

Ooooooooo! I can't wait to get down there!!! :D
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Postby Misha » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:44 am

Peak Freak wrote:Ooooooooo! I can't wait to get down there!!! :D


Since when a Canadian gets excited about Lee Vining ice!? You aren't moving to California. are you!? :lol:
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Postby Peak Freak » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:17 pm

No, but I am planning a road trip. :)
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Postby Misha » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:42 pm

Peak Freak wrote:No, but I am planning a road trip. :)


Do call! 8)
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Re: Lee Vining Cyn Conditions

Postby hikinedd » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:53 pm

Kurt Wedberg wrote:I just took a look up there on Saturday December 5. Here are some photos. This will probably change if the storms in the current forecast materialize. The rest of the pics I took are here.


I don't know; I get nervous whenever I see a nice, big, puffy down jacket in close proximity to swinging ice tools.
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Postby Peak Freak » Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:22 pm

Misha,

Tried to send you an e-mail via summit post but don't think it went through. Anyhow... had a great day of ice climbing at Lee Vining yesterday. Kurt took some cool photos. I'll be getting mine up in January.
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Postby ropejunkie » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:34 pm

Bump

Any pics of current conditions?
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Postby Kurt Wedberg » Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:11 pm

Here are a few. The rest are here. Air temperatures are changing the conditions of the ice daily. One day when it's warmer you'll find softer ice that your tools will sink right in to. Then after a cold snap you'll find ice that's much more brittle and requires a bit more "heads up" with your technique.

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Chouinard Falls December 22

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Main Wall December 22

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Bard Harrington Wall December 22
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Postby jeffn » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:01 am

Has anyone been in to Lee Vining in the last couple of weeks. Might run down for a day this week unless there is a reason not to.
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Postby JedSMG » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:18 am

Lee Vining, and the Main Wall in particular, could hardly be in better shape. Well, I guess Spiral Staircase could be a little fatter. As The Chief will surely attest, it is getting sunnier as the season progresses. Seems that everything that wanted to fall off did earlier in the week. And now it's forecast to get cooler and overcast. Should be good for a while now!

Here's the Main Wall on 2/17:

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And a video report from 2/16
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Postby The Chief » Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:12 am

Been good the last entire week but got really drippy and wet today.

On the Spiral Staircase today...
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On the Plum Line yesterday...
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The B/H this morning after some melt drip. Maybe next year...
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