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Steep Snow, Snow, Alpine, 1500 ft (455 m),
Avg: 3.1 from 9 votes
FA: 1930, Eichorn, Dawson, Olmstead
California > High Sierra > 08 - Bishop Pas… > Mt Darwin
Mostly, the route is 45 degree snow. At the top of the couloir it ramps up to a bit less than 50 degrees and in later season turns into ice.
The route follows the couloir between the northeast ridge and the rib east of the Darwin glacier.
Perhaps an ice tool is needed in late summer and fall.
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MP says 45-50 degrees, but I don't think it was that steep. Maybe 45 at best but mostly 40-ish mellowing out toward 35 at the bottom of the apron.
Skiing the upper N Face of Mt. Darwin
The top of the right hand branch of the North Face route - 5 July 2020.
Looking down the righthand branch just before the last thin section to the plateau - 5 July 2020.
On the approach to the std N Face route in June 1981. Perfect conditions the whole week I was out there.
Skiing lower on the N Face of Mt. Darwin
The exposed summit block
Handsome Mt. Darwin in early May 2017.
Nearing the top of the line
Booting up the N Face
Mt. Darwin N Face, spring conditions (early May)
Approaching Mt. Darwin
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THA WEST COAST
stars refer to fantastic quality of this as a ski descent. pretend you are jeremy nobis and let 'em fly!
Jul 18, 2010
Any approach info?
Nov 8, 2012
Big Bear Lake
for approach info.
Dec 13, 2013
Aaron Richards and I climbed this face a few days ago. We followed the route shown in red.
Steep Snow and 3 (70 meter) pitches of 5.8 rock
Variation on the route - May 2014
Jun 1, 2014
Ehh... Uploaded cause.
North face Mt Darwin
Jul 23, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
You can descend the West Ridge route or the ridge that is to your right as you ascend the couloir. The route I took down the rib was mostly class 3 with a few class 4 moves here and there and takes you all the way down it.
Jul 13, 2020