Ooh La La Express
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|Type: ||Trad, Snow, Alpine, 500', Grade II|
|Submitted By: ||Mark Oveson on Jun 25, 2005|
The long approach to Ooh-la-la
From the high basin between Ogalalla Peak and "Ooh La La!", ascend the obvious couloir just to the right (north) of the steep northeast face of "Ooh La La!" The route crosses a bergschrund that presented no obstacle on our (June 25) ascent. According to Gerry Roach it can be a significent problem in late summer. Above the 'schrund the snow steepens to about 50 degrees, then backs off for a couple hundred feet, then steepens again near the top. The standard finish turns left at a fork and tops out right on the divide. We stayed right for a narrower finish over a nifty, blunted cornice. The summit of "Ooh La La" is a few hundred yards south up a talus slope.
Snow or ice protection if needed. Some rock pro possible.
Nearing the steep crux of the climb.
John leads the way to the exit.
Looking down from near the top.
The top out into a meadow. Hard to tell in this p...
Our descent route (off Ogalalla Peak) was the righ...
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