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Lyra
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Professional Mountain Guide; Freelance Journalist
Interests: Rock and alpine climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, cooking, writing, natural history
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Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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I think I made a big mistake purchasing a round trip plane ticket for my trip to the Dolomites. Should have just gotten a one-way. I just about passed out on our descent from Passo Falzarego. It may have been from having to skip lunch and run in cirlces to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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Check out race results and my final race wrap-up column this Friday in the Mammoth Times! I had a rather comical finish to my Nordic Ski Training Log. After only six weeks of training, I was terrified that I was going to fall on my face during the Biathlon race.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
I just found out that my weekly column from this winter in the Mammoth Times, the 'Nordic Ski Training Log,' has been posted online all along! Check out the latest post here: Nordic Ski Training Log and check out the rest of the weeks on the website Mammoth Times if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Lyra Pierotti PO Box 8486 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 760.709.6524 pierotly@gmail.com Guiding Resume Training Wilderness First Responder AIARE Level 2 Avalanche AIARE Level 1 Instructor Training Course AMGA Rock Guide Course/Aspirant Exam passed April 2011 AMGA Rock Guide Exam planned April 2012 Guided Trips ROCK Yosemite National Park: Rock Royal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Lyra Pierotti PO Box 8486 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 760.709.6524 pierotly@gmail.com Education B.S. University of California, San Diego Concentration: Biology – Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Secondary Concentration: French Literature AMGA Rock Guide Course/Aspirant Exam, passed April 2011 Wilderness First Responder AIARE Level 2 Avalanche AIARE Level 1 Instructor Training Course... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
The following is an excerpt taken directly from the American Mountain Guides Association. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado is threatening to ban guiding in the park because "guided climbing does not support the goal for the inner canyon zone of providing a visitor experience that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Mammoth Sierra Magazine features 4 articles that I wrote centered around the theme "Preparing for Ski Season." The first article describes an exercise routine to help train for ski season; the second is about the life and work of ski patrollers; the third is about the local ski resorts in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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What drives the mountaineer? What does a climber seek at the top of a mountain? What does she find? And what brings her back, time and time again, to the exposed pinnacle of rock, which for only a geological second happens to be a high point in our world? It's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Thanks everyone! Always nice to know I'm not blogging into the abyss. You all know where to find me until October, so drop a line if you'll be by the Valley!
Spring has been a whirlwind of activity for me, whipping from my 10-day AMGA Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam to several days of work to a WFR Recert to a YMS guide training to... lots of rock climbing and down time and waiting to get officially hired by Delaware... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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Winter finally returned here in the Eastern Sierra, dumping over 3ft of snow in many places. With all the fresh powder, my psyche for skiing returned (spring-like conditions brought out the rock climber in me!), and I finally managed to connect with Ali, a friend of several of my friends,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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As can be deduced by the scarcity of postings in the past couple of months, things have been a little busy around here... January was as busy as a summer peak month for me, teaching a rock climbing clinic, several winter mountaineering trips on the east and west side of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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It was an obvious line, easy to spot from the road. A long-time classic, Generic Crack beckons you from the lazy serenity of your car. The white of chalk highlights the edges of the crack, making it all the more visible, and conjuring words of wisdom from long ago: Sure,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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The grand plan was to block off about 2 weeks this fall, mid-October, and climb El Capitan. As weather rolled in, again and again, Dave and I started considering less-committing alternatives. And the allure of more time for free climbing (as opposed to aid climbing) further justified our decision to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2010 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
The last week of September, I spent a wonderful 6 days backpacking with a couple from back east. It was a trip I will remember for a long time -- from the spectacular views to the abundant fish to the stimulating conversations, I learned a lot and fell in love with the Sierra Nevada all over again. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Lyra is now following Chris Carr
Oct 3, 2010
Lyra is now following The Cured Ham
Oct 3, 2010
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Ever since moving in to my cabin in Tom's Place, at the base of Rock Creek, I have been obsessed with the idea of climbing the North Arete of Bear Creek Spire. In a push. From my cabin. And using no motorized transport. Tales of grand climbs accessed in the old fashioned way (pre-automobile) inspired me. But I couldn't convince anybody to hop on a bike at 3am, ride 10 miles gaining 3,000ft, hike for another 3-4 hours on trail and talus, then climb 10 pitches up to 5.8. Until I mentioned the crazy idea to my friend Annie. We left at 3:30 am, arrived at the trailhead at 6:30am, got to the base of the climb at 10:30am, selected poorly on the micro-route-finding on pitch 2, leading to one of the most difficult leading adventures of my life, topped out at 5:30pm, and finally made it home at 11:30pm. Things we learned: that was an ambitious plan; it's incredible how much we can put our bodies through; and even a half moon can provide ample light to navigate a talus field... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2010 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
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A perfect trip to start off the blogging on my new blog site. After a spectacular month guiding Dan from Cincinnati along sections of the John Muir Trail, it was time to return to the rope and the rocks. As much as I love the serenity of long treks in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Lyra Pierotti - Mountain Guide
Lyra is now following The Typepad Team
Sep 1, 2010