Trip ReportTahoe Snow and Ice
Fresh snow last week, so a couple of friends and I went up to check it out. This was originally a ski/snowboard trip, until I invited a ropegun climbing partner of mine. Turns out he is also an ice climber, so he gave me a nice tour of Tahoe ice - yea!
On Saturday, several of the guys went to climb Cascade Falls, while I rode Squaw with another friend. It was the weekend, so they shared the ice with several parties, but a good time was had by all. I’m still waiting for some actual ice climbing pictures from my friends, but in the mean time, here are a few that Toper42 posted over on MP from that day.
We parked at the Eagle Lakes Trailhead along 89, and hiked in – it’s about one mile and gains 500 ft. From there, the canyon’s beauty really hits you – Maggies Peak to the Southeast, Eagle Buttress to the Northeast, and frozen Eagle Lake in the middle.
This was my first exposure to ice climbing - I can certainly see the allure of it - the snowshoe approach, the gear, swinging the sticks, but what really got me was the beauty of the ice, and the solitude of location.
No Tahoe trip is complete without a trip to the Tahoe City pier to watch the sunset. See you in Tahoe! Beauty!
Overview of Tahoe ice climbing areas:
REI Berkeley rents Koflach Degree boots for $10 per day
Climber dies setting up TR on Cascade Falls
Sunny Falls video
Cold Stream video
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