NE Face Routes
Avg: 3.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2000 ft, Grade II|
|Page Views:||802 total · 14/month|
|Shared By:||TacoDelRio on Jul 28, 2013|
|Admins:||jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Be advised, there is a gate a mile or so east of Vincent Gap that sometimes remains closed early in the winter.
DescriptionThis page covers all routes on this face, as they are all quite similar. The rating posted is general, meaning they can vary a bit, but are mostly steep snow. Venturing onto steeper ground brings steeper snow, 4th-5th class crappy rock frozen in place, alpine ice, or anything in between. Conditions vary wildly.
Hike in from Vincent Gap on the fire road heading south to Bighorn Mine. You'll hike in for 10-15min until you arrive at the base of a very big and obvious couloir. The road is washed out here (unless they fixed it). Go up. Stop when you run out of up. Best plan is to go wherever conditions look best.
Further right is steep snow, slightly less steep in areas (like 40 degrees or whatever, I'm not a scientist, just a climber). Left offers more rock, mostly terrible of course, but sometimes you can climb on it without killing anyone. Either way, plan your line based on protection from falling rocks.
LocationThe description at the top of the page describes how to get there, so we'll talk about getting home on here.
Now that you're at 'Fritz's Flat" atop the face and well below the summit, you can either hike to the top (great views, maybe see some people), or go down. My personal favorite way down is Lamel Spring Gully. Check the map you so thoughtfully brought with you for this feature, which goes pretty much directly down the north side to just east of the parking lot. In good times, this is a glissading dream. Hike over to the top of the gully and start your glissade down. If the snow is soft and deep and you can't slide, continue west along the north side and you'll likely find the main trail with footprints. Easy if slow way down. I'd say cut switchbacks but unless there's a lot of snow, it would probably erode the hillside a lot, which is no bueno. Please take care of the hill. :-)