Type: Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1500 ft, Grade III
FA: SP Parker, Dec 1982
Page Views: 126 total · 41/month
Shared By: Richard Shore on Jun 17, 2019
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

The striking and deep cleft on the right side of the main face. Probably best done as an early summer climb as it is quick to melt out and expose the shattered and loose rock step midway up the couloir (this is reportedly the 5.4 part). When we climbed it in mid June of a big snow year, this section was covered with a nice flow of water ice and the snow was frozen to a neve-like condition in the early morning. This climb does not last into the "typical" fall ice season most years, and I can only imagine the December FA was a powder-snow postholing mess. The angle never exceeds 50 degrees save for the rock/ice step. At the top of the couloir, we headed left up a dry chute to gain a class-4 ridge leading directly to the summit.

Location

Right of center on the main face. We downclimbed and descended the couloir to the left (~40 degree snow), but the preferred descent is to follow the ridgeline northeast for 1/3 mile to a broad low-angle snow or talus chute. Make sure to leave nothing at the base if going this way.

Protection

A light rock rack and potentially a couple pickets and/or ice screws for those wishing to rope up.

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