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NW Ice Couloir 

NW Ice Couloir 

AI2

   
Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1000', Grade III
Original: AI2 Steep Snow [details]
FA: Dan Cauthorne and Bill Pilling
Page Views: 634
Submitted By: Jeff Hebert on May 8, 2015

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Ryan Hoover at the Eldorado Dean Col rappel

Description 

Head straight up the couloir, starting at about 7,800 feet and finishing at about 8,800 feet. Depending on conditions, it may be a pure snow/neve climb, it may have some ice, or it may have some mixed climbing.

The route finishes just below the knife-edge ridge, which is gained and followed to the summit.

Descend the standard East Ridge.

Location 

From the classic East Ridge, hold at about 8,100 feet on a traverse to the North side of the mountain to an obvious notch between the North Ridge and the first rock spire. Find a rappel station and continue down to the West-facing cirque. Head South to the route.

Protection 

Ice screws, pickets, and a small rock rack, depending on conditions


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By michal
From: Everett WA
Nov 17, 2016

Very conditional when we did it there were a couple mixed sections as well as vertical powder digging. Horrible spindrift! Really happy to have compass in summit white out.

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