Early December in LVC you can often count on punching through up to your waist in places in between boulders. The winter of 2006-2007 was a pretty low snow year -- here is what it looked like in early season -
I was amazed at how little snow there was -- in places it was WI1 just on the approach
The Bard Harrington was in though, amazingly enough. We climbed a pitch and then rapped off a v-thread -- it was getting late in the day (the approach had been unexpectedly long and we'd spent time on Chouinard doing some early-season tune-up).
Next day though it snowed, and after suffering through the first part of the approach decided to avoid breaking our ankles and just head to Mammoth to look at ski gear
Sorry for the digression -- can you tell I'm looking forward to ice season this year ?