Avg: 3.8 from 10 votes
|Type:||Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 2000 ft (606 m), 10 pitches, Grade IV|
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|Shared By:||Sam Bedell on Mar 26, 2015|
|Admins:||Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters|
The summer route is described in Beckey's CAG vol 1. The winter route starts with several options, the easiest being just right of the toe of the face and accessing a ramp that leads up and right to what should be 1,000+ feet of ice/neve finishing up through some runnels (5.7 corner in summer, easy ice in good winter conditions). This leads to the north face bowl, steep snow or granite slabs. The original rock route climbs the dome/tower between the Fin from the Backbone and the tower at the start of the third couloir on Triple Couloirs (also 5.7, harder mixed in winter). Typically winter climbers climb the shorter wall left of this to access the third couloir via a pitch of M4 climbing. The gully behind the fin has also been climbed at ~M5. Others have been known to traverse far right and climb one of the rock variations on the fin in summer. Which ever way you go it is a fun outing.