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Turf War Couloir M4
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Type: Mixed, Alpine, 900 ft, Grade III
FA: J. Fox(?), 10/22/2011
Page Views: 839 total, 11/month
Shared By: J. Fox on Oct 24, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This route is located at the end of the NE ridge of Jasper Peak. From the 4th of July trailhead and just below Skywalker Couloir on South Arapaho, look west to the east-facing buttress coming off the NE ridge and you will see two thin snow routes.

I climbed the right fork/couloir and took the left branch of this line at the top putting me just below the summit.

I soloed the route and in an October ascent and encountered good snow, bad snow, and moderate mixed climbing through rock bands to avoid the bad snow. In spring, this may be an all-snow route. In fall, expect to climb rock as well. The crux for me was the rock bands about mid-route and the thin snow high in the left branch near the top.

I named this route "Turf War" due to the fact that when I climbed it, I encountered mixed climbing on snow, ice, s'nice, rock, etc. It was a fight all the way to the top. Steep thin snow over rock in the last 200' or so.

*If anyone knows whether or not this route has already had an ascent or not, let me know and I'll change those details.

Location

East face of the NE Ridge of Jasper Peak, Indian Peaks. From the 4th of July TH, hike up about two miles(?) to just below or in line with Skywalker Couloir. Descend into the basin and bushwhack through trees past some small ponds. A stream crossing will be necessary as well. Head directly for the apron of snow below the route.

Protection

I soloed the route, so I have no input on pro, but a standard alpine rack would probably suffice. No fixed gear was found on the route.

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