Trip Report
Fantastic Snow Beasts and Where to Find Them
Wednesday March 13, 2019 12:56pm
Betsy and I ended up in a surreal and fantastical area on a backcountry ski trip last weekend. The past few weeks have featured relatively warm storms with strong winds, apparently perfect conditions for rime ice on the Sierra Crest where we were (off Hwy 50).
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant
Credit: Ney Grant

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Ney Grant
About the Author
Ney is a trad climber from Pollock Pines.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Mar 13, 2019 - 01:32pm PT
That's a nice front yard! TFPU!

Trad climber
Prescott, AZ
  Mar 13, 2019 - 03:33pm PT
Awesome dog portrait!

Trad climber
  Mar 13, 2019 - 06:02pm PT
Beautiful stuff!

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
  Mar 13, 2019 - 06:31pm PT
Wonderful image compositions.

Sport climber
Florence, Italy
  Mar 14, 2019 - 05:21am PT
Awesome pictures!
I've never seen trees covered like that! Amazing

Monterey, Ca
  Mar 14, 2019 - 05:59am PT
So beautiful!

  Mar 14, 2019 - 06:45am PT
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Mar 14, 2019 - 08:24am PT
Righteous photos, Mr. Grant, thanks for sharing. What an amazing winter it has been out there (here in NM too, actually).
Ney Grant

Trad climber
Pollock Pines
Author's Reply  Mar 18, 2019 - 02:31pm PT
Just to cap this thread off, I ended up flying over Pyramid Peak not far from the snow beasts. I've never seen it like this, COMPLETELY covered in ice. For those that know Pyramid, check this out. Amazing.

I also put in a photo I found taken in the summer.


Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Mar 18, 2019 - 06:59pm PT

  Mar 18, 2019 - 07:30pm PT
Incredible! TFPU.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Mar 22, 2019 - 11:22am PT
Bitchin' cool stuff
You lucky dog
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Mar 23, 2019 - 06:43pm PT
Awesome Ney, such a wonderful winter that continues to give.

Social climber
  Mar 24, 2019 - 06:13pm PT
So cool Ney. Pure curiosity, I wonder if that rime on pyramid would support a climber and/or if there’s a bunch of blue ice in there. Looks pretty solid! Nuts