Type: Trad, Ice, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
Page Views: 3,750 total · 17/month
Shared By: Leo Paik on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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Description

This is the pitch of ice way up in the left branch of the big Y Couloir in Officer's Gulch. It's a beautiful little bit of easy ice. Pick a low avalanche risk day.

Walk west from the parking area about a mile on a footpath into the big basin. Below Three Tiers find a switchback east and up. Follow this until you are in the drainage below Round the Corner, unnamed curtain, and unnamed gully. Hike up the drainage, hopefully on a stamped-down path. At the Y perhaps a 1000 feet up, go left. Find yourself below this pretty bit of blue.

This is probably WI 2-3+ for a good pitch. Sometimes upper pitches apparently fill in. Enjoy.

Protection

Ice screws.

A V-thread may work for a rappel.

Per Kevin Gillest: the rappel is from a considerably damaged tree from an avalanche above the ice on the left.

Approach

It is probably an hour. Expect 1000' of elevation gain.

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