The Ice Gate is an amazing introduction to moderate alpine climbing with a very remote back country feel. At 1000 feet in length it start out with a really fun 200’ tall WI flow that climbs really good. This is followed by 500+ feet of wonderful variable alpine ice in a ever narrowing rock chute up to 60 degrees. At the chutes end easy escapes are possible out left, instead continue to exposed perch out mixed climbing to climbers right. From here continue up and right traversing it out exposed mixed terrain until it is possible to gain easy escape chute 200 feet to climbers 2 o’clock, SW.
To find The Ice Gate first watch for favorable conditions. Wonder clear up to the base of the Altar Buttress. Continue up and left into the Altar Couloir and the Ice Gate will be formed to your immediate left running up and between the Omega and Trinity Tower.
Descend either snow field below fire lookout
(more involved) or descend the Altar Couloir (more technical). The Altar Couloir is also a good romp in itself in the right conditions!
Everything Alpine and a few stubbie screws!