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Avalanche Gulch WI5
Dribbles, The T WI4
Responsible Family Men WI5-
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Type: Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Derek Weiss and Nate Adams 1993
Page Views: 750 total · 18/month
Shared By: Nate K on Feb 9, 2015
Admins: grk10vq

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Access Issue: Potential road closures in winter. Details


The snow pitches on this route have potential to slide, be smart. Go up the gully and climb a pitch of WI3. continue up on WI2/ moderate snow for a few hundred feet untill you can see the upper pitches. a short WI4 column leads to a cave at the base of the "dangler". belay in the cave. Climb right and clip some pitons then gently gain the haning ice curtain. Continue up and build a belay somewhere sheltered from ice. Next pitch continues up over a short vertical headwall, belay from some blobs at the top. The bonus pitch continues up a thin column and can easily be skipped or bypassed. Continue to the top of the ridge and enjoy the view. to descent rap the route on V-threads.


go climbers left at the base of dribbles and walk a hundred yards or so to the next drainage. continue up the gully


screws, crux is protected by a few fixed pins


Nate Adams  
For some reason, I was reminiscing about this route the other day, so I pulled out my 1992 edition of Big Sky Ice by Ron Brunckhorst. I had scratched some notes in the back about Avalanche Gulch:
Grade IV+, WI5 (+?)
Pitch 1: 25-30 feet, WI3+.
Pitch 2: 20-25 feet of vertical followed by 25ft ramp.
Pitch 3: WI5 (or harder?)30 foot pitch that begins with a thin pillar (that gradually widens and becomes a nice vertical sheet) to a comfortable stance. Belay/rap from baby angle/knifeblade (that were placed in 1993!).
Pitch 4: WI5 large ledge with belay in ice. Long vertical section. I vaguely recall the vert being about 50 or 60 feet. 2 rope rap to base of pillar below (we used old school 150 foot ropes).
Pitch 5: Short ramp or short 90 degree curtain up the left fork of the gulley. Climb snow to belay.
Pitch 6: Starts with 15-20 feet of 85 to 90 degree ice, followed by a ramp to another steep section. There was a nice tree to rap from here (2 ropes).
Pitch 7: 70 feet of WI3 to tree (single rope rap from this tree).

This was named Avalanche Gully for good reason. Be careful. Let's just say there are four climbers that are lucky to have survived the first attempt.

Rumor had it Alex Lowe soloed this line the following winter! Nov 2, 2017

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