All Locations > Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge Tra… > Loch Vale & uphill
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|Type:||Trad, 1200 ft, Grade II|
|Page Views:||4,419 total · 23/month|
|Shared By:||Brendan Sheehan on Jun 5, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionAscend talus and/or snow above Sky Pond to the base of the glacier. The angle is shallow at first but steadily steepens to around 60 degees by the end. The main couloir, on the right, narrows around 250 feet from the top, and the direct finish can be blocked by a cornice. Alternatives to heading straight into the cornice:
1. 250 feet below the cornice a branch couloir leads right and may or may not have a cornice itself.
2. about 50 feet below the cornice a short, steep snow slope angles left, and reaches the divide. The condition of the cornice can be examined from below, and from as far away as Bear Lake parking lot.
In good conditions, crampons and one alpine axe is all you need. If the snow was too soft, or icy, a second axe and/or a rope and some pro might be justified. On 6/6/2002 the step kicking was perfect and the rope and pickets stayed in my pack. Andrews Glacier is the easiest decent. There are fantastic views of the Sharkstooth from the route.