Trip Report
Lee Vining Canyon Ice
Friday February 4, 2011 2:30pm
The ice is nice and the approach fast. With all the nice weather we've been having in the Sierra, the snow in LVC is hard, making the approach easy. This was my first time to LVC and first time climbing ice this year (a bit of an embarrassment, but true). Given that it was California ice I didn't have high expectations; but I must say that I was impressed with the amount of ice, its quality, and the routes.

We climbed on January 29th & 31st, 2011. We did some rock down south because of the light storm on the 30th. There was not much accumulation nor avalanche danger in LVC the following day.

We spent two days getting a feel for the conditions and back into the swing of things (stupid pun intended). We did "Main Line", the lower half of "Plumb Line", and "Spiral Staircase". The following site I found very useful as a guide to the routes there...
http://www.aboutmyadventure.com/directories/shared_photos/lee_vining/72-75.htm

Bard Harington Wall, Jan 29 2011
Bard Harington Wall, Jan 29 2011
Credit: jotto

Main Wall & Chouinard Falls, Jan 29 2011
Main Wall & Chouinard Falls, Jan 29 2011
Credit: jotto

Main Wall, Jan 29 2011 <br/>
Main Wall, Jan 29 2011

Credit: jotto

Mike Dahlquist & Frank on Spiral Staircase, Jan 29 2011
Mike Dahlquist & Frank on Spiral Staircase, Jan 29 2011
Credit: jotto

Tim Boelter on Main Line, Jan 29 2011
Tim Boelter on Main Line, Jan 29 2011
Credit: jotto

Jed Porter on Bard Harington Route, Jan 31 2011
Jed Porter on Bard Harington Route, Jan 31 2011
Credit: jotto

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jotto is a mountain climber from San Francisco, CA.

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Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Feb 4, 2011 - 02:55pm PT
Awesome pics, looks like a good time, thanks for posting!
John_Box

climber
  Feb 4, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
What kind of tools is Tim Boelter using? Sweet photos, looks like it was a fun trip.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Feb 4, 2011 - 03:48pm PT
Really good. Way to get after it!!

More pix please??
rhyang

climber
SJC
  Feb 4, 2011 - 04:32pm PT
Nice shots !
jotto

Mountain climber
San Francisco, CA
Author's Reply  Feb 4, 2011 - 04:28pm PT
Tim is using tools made by KAILAS, a Chinese company. I must say I was impressed by their performance... solid on steep thin ice (and fun), though not as good on the bulges as let's say, the BD Cobra.

You can check them out here... http://www.kailas.com.cn/cn/html/product/201101271153446.html (all Chinese site). Can't get them in the US yet.
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