Type: Snow, Alpine, 2500 ft (758 m)
FA: John Dillman, Don Paulke and Bruce Hitchcock 1976
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Shared By: Mat Brunton on Aug 15, 2015 · Updates
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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Access Issue: Parking and trail access for south ridges is questionable Details

Description

A classic Western Chugach "extreme" ski descent down a STEEP and NARROW, deep-walled couloir. This is an extremely aesthetic line. It is also an established climbing route. The line is probably 40+ degrees for ~2000', with extended stretches at ~50 degrees. The crux is probably closer to ~55 degrees and is very narrow, with exposure due to a normally un-skiable choke (~3' wide) and cliff band below. In the best powder conditions this choke can probably be straight-lined as it is short, but another method is stopping above it and climbing up a near vertical step of snow that is 10-20' tall to a ledge that allows one to continue the descent down another wider couloir to the basin below.

Location

There are a plethora of access options. Some access from the main Eklutna Lake trailhead and the Twin Peaks trail, climbing the south side of the mountain. Downside of this is dropping into a VERY serious line without firsthand knowledge of snow conditions.

Some access via a normally very bushwhack-y approach from the Old Glenn. This makes for a typically long and miserable day.

The best route is using a map, local knowledge of the area, waiting for very stable avalanche conditions, and taking a route that allows skiing the couloir car to car in ~4 hours for fast parties with little to no schwacking even in the worst snow years. An added bonus of this route is access to numerous other enticing couloirs and ski lines along the way. This route is ~3 miles one way.

Protection

Steep snow. Very complex avalanche terrain. AnchorageAvalancheCenter.org is a resource for snow and avalanche conditions.

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