Ice climbing? In California? In March?
Believe it! Mission Cliff's own staff member Jacob Harrington was able to squeeze in one last trip this ice season at Tahoe's Cold Steam Canyon. This backcountry ice climbing destination is known for its steep sustained ice flows and long approach. Because the climbing is so far back in the mountains it's often easier to spend two days and camp, rather that try to get in and out in one day. "I love being able to combine snowshoeing, winter camping and ice climbing all in one trip" says Jacob. These 100'+ ice flows are unique because they face due north and rarely ever get sun, so they tend to last late in to the season. Unfortunately, because the weather has been warming up lately, it's doubtful that these formations will survive the next couple weeks.
Oh well... there's always next year!
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