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|Type:||Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2000 ft (606 m), Grade III|
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|Shared By:||Karl Henize on Feb 16, 2018|
|Admins:||Euan Cameron, AWinters, Aron Quiter, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Salamanizer Ski|
This is probably better known as an extreme ski descent than as an alpine climb.
The bottom third of the route is known as "Rob's Ravine" or "Carson Peak Gully". It is possible to climb Rob's Ravine and then descend 3rd class terrain, without continuing on to the summit. Details for this section can be found here.
In lean conditions, there should be exposed water ice at the base of the route, with sections of moderate snow and steeper rock bands exposed above. In high snow years, the gully system could be completely filled with snow.
We climbed the the route in lean, early-winter conditions and found it occasionally difficult to find good rock protection. We roped up for one pitch and only placed one piece of rock pro, on lead.
There are numerous descent options from the summit of Carson Peak. Pete's Dream and and Carson Bowl are popular steep ski descents. Lower angle and less direct descent options include descents of the "backside" to Spooky Meadow or Fern Lake.