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North Couloir on Mount Toll 

North Couloir on Mount Toll 

M3

   
Type:  Mixed, Alpine, 1000', Grade III
Original: M3 Easy Snow [details]
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Season: Spring or Fall, Spring is likely best
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Submitted By: Chris Sheridan on Oct 25, 2009

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Description 

Just east of the north ridge of Mount Toll lies a moderate mixed couloir leading straight to the summit. The climbing is generally easy, and when Brainard Lake Road is open, offers a great alternate to more popular alpine routes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The route can be climbed in the spring or fall. Fall conditions will likely yield more exposed rock cruxes, where as spring will be more of a classic snow climb. Either way, its a pretty fun outing. In winter, when the road is closed, the additional four miles of approach make the objective a lot less desirable.

Location 

From the Mitchell Lake trailhead, hike west past Mitchell Lake and Blue Lake. Head towards the notch in the ridge just north of Mount Toll. Before you gain the notch, you will see an obvious couloir to the left (east) of the north ridge. Follow this Couloir to the summit.

The easiest descent is to come down the south face. This face has slid on warm spring days so plan you ascent accordingly.

Protection 

A light alpine rack. A set of stoppers and four larger hexes worked well in fall conditions.


Photos of North Couloir on Mount Toll Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Grauch climbing the lower section of the Nort...
Andy Grauch climbing the lower section of the Nort...
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Grauch leading one of the upper pitches of th...
Andy Grauch leading one of the upper pitches of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Sheridan leading a pitch low in the North Co...
Chris Sheridan leading a pitch low in the North Co...

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