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Rock Climbing Photo: Matterhorn Peak couloirs
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By kmalone
Jul 16, 2016
Beautiful shot- can you tell me the date you took that picture? I was up in late May and there was still a good bit of snow with evidence of loose slides in/around the couloirs, etc
By hailman
Jul 17, 2016
thanks kmalone, I actually took this last year (2015) on March 30. Twin Lakes Resort was deserted and a caretaker talked to me about how snow was usually piled up down to the lakes -- not so last year! On the day before my climb a storm rolled in and deposited a nice soft layer of graupel which made kicking steps very easy. Seeing loose slides always makes me nervous, but definitely got lucky last year. I'm curious, did you decide to pursue your climb?

Also, can you believe I took this with a disposable camera?! Credit to the local camera shop for doing a great job developing the film!
By kmalone
Jul 21, 2016
Hi Hailman- no, we did not proceed past the glacier, this mainly due to time of day and slow progress on approach…but the snow seemed rather unstable, there were 6+ inches of soft new stuff on a very hard consolidated base. Not sure how it would have gone up the couloir. I want to return next spring with a little less snow on the ground, hence my question as to date of your photo (which looked very nice). Which side did you ascend, and how was it? Thanks for the intel and good climbing in the future!
By kmalone
Jul 21, 2016
P.S. , here is a shot from approach and this was Memorial Day weekend. What a difference a year makes huh?
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to Matterhorn Peak CA
Approach to Matterhorn Peak CA
By hailman
Jul 26, 2016
I've made that decision to turn around as well. The conditions you had sound difficult...but the peak with all that snow is quite a sight.

Thanks for posting the pic...now we have a side by side comparison of Matterhorn after the worst snow year ever and a normal year!

I went up the east couloir last year. Very fun climb, moderately steep, and at the time there were a few ledges exposed along the way which allowed me to take a rest. I was surprised how short and easy the rock portion went after exiting the couloir.
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Matterhorn Peak couloirs

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