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Enclosure Ice Couloir

5.6 AI3 Steep Snow, Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 800 ft (242 m), 6 pitches, Grade III,  Avg: 2.9 from 7 votes
FA: Al Read, Peter Lev and James Grieg, 1962
Wyoming > Grand Teton NP > Enclosure

Description

A popular ice route up the Enclosure with less rockfall danger than the Black Ice, the Enclosure Couloir meets up with the Northwest Ridge, from where one can continue to the summit of the Enclosure.

Routefinding is easy: follow the 50-degree couloir to the notch in the Northwest Ridge. Then continue up the ridge or rappel the other side to return to the Valhalla Traverse and Lower Saddle.

Location

Follow the Valhalla traverse around the back of the Enclosure. The first couloir on the right is the Enclosure Ice Couloir. Continuing the traverse up and left reaches the Black Ice Couloir.

Protection

Light rock rack with a minimum of screws in early season to 6-8 screws for late season ice

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Belay, early 1980's...note the gear.
[Hide Photo] Belay, early 1980's...note the gear.
Valhalla Traverse Upper Ledges, seen from shortly after the bivvies, July 22, 2020.
[Hide Photo] Valhalla Traverse Upper Ledges, seen from shortly after the bivvies, July 22, 2020.
Enclosure Coulior, top, May 2018
[Hide Photo] Enclosure Coulior, top, May 2018
Near the Top
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Halfway up
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Rock hard ice
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The left arm of the "V" in the photo is the Black Ice Couloir; the right is the Enclosure Ice Couloir.<br>
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Teton Ranger Blog, July 12, 2014<br>
http://tetonclimbingenclosure.blogspot.ca/p/enclosure-couloir-2013.html
[Hide Photo] The left arm of the "V" in the photo is the Black Ice Couloir; the right is the Enclosure Ice Couloir. Teton Ranger Blog, July 12, 2014 http://tetonclimbingenclosure.blogspot.ca/p/enclosure-cou…
Jim Knight mid route, 1984
[Hide Photo] Jim Knight mid route, 1984
Heading up a short bit of the Enclosure Couloir on our way to the Black Ice Couloir, July 22, 2020.
[Hide Photo] Heading up a short bit of the Enclosure Couloir on our way to the Black Ice Couloir, July 22, 2020.
Mid Climb
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rgold
Poughkeepsie, NY
[Hide Comment] I think the Enclosure Couloir is the right arm of the "V" in the photo, not the left arm... Oct 12, 2017