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Ice Climbin the Eastern Sierra

mammoth ice climber From the challenging, short climbs of the Owens River Gorge to the big walls of Mt. Whitney and towering Sierra peaks, sport climbers rave about the exhilarating options in the Mammoth area. And doing it in winter is no different, except maybe the roads to get to the climbs are a bit more challenging... or possibly closed!

It's also a local passion, so you'll have no problem finding equipment or finding experienced guides to help you get out and go for a climb for the first time. Mountaineering in the Eastern Sierra is a big deal, and while it may look scary, there are plenty of beginner hikes and climbs to get your started. Instructors and guides can be found at any of the supply or sporting goods stores to get you on this adventure.

The Sierra has been well known to rock climbers and adventure seekers for years. It was only a matter of time before climbers ventured further east to areas near Mammoth Lakes, June Lake and the nearby Owens River Gorge. Learn to rock climb and venture out to some of our natural wonders. Even if you're afraid of heights, getting out and climbing on snow covered rocks, in places where vehicles can't drive, is a great way to get in touch with nature.

Ice climbing in eastern sierraIf you are visiting Mammoth for the first time in the winter months, you have to give ice climbing a try for an exhilarating experience. You won't find anything like it anywhere. Lee Vining Canyon is the number one destination for ice climbers, followed by June Lake. Guides and Guidebooks are available at local stores describing the area's many great climbing areas. If you have any great adventures or photos, please share your photos with us. This sport is growing and we know it! Here are some of the areas that hikers, climbers and mountaineers like to tackle.

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Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
HWY 203, at the entrance to Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


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