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The Hourglass Couloir
M4 Mod. Snow
Avg: 3.6 from 14 votes
|Type:||Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 1200 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III|
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|Shared By:||Chris Sheridan on Apr 10, 2006|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
The Hourglass Couloir is an excellent alpine route similar in nature to Dreamweaver but with more sustain difficulties, a bit harder cruxes, and a more remote setting. The route involves about six long pitches of roped climbing through gullies and around chockstones.
The route is an obvious gully in the middle of the north face of Arrowhead Peak directly above Solitude Lake. Descend the Southeast gully to Black Lake (may require some rappels) or climb west to the low point of the ridge between Arrowhead and McHenry's, then drop down and right back to the Solitude Lake cirque (I haven't tried this descent, but in hindsight it seems to be the best).