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Quandary Couloir 

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 2000'
Original: Steep Snow [details]
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: Taylor-B. on Sep 20, 2014

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The Quandary Couloir is a great alternative to the over-rated, double fall line, mogul run Monte Cristo Couloir.

The Quandary Couloir entrance is just a few hundred feet below the summit, along the east ridge, and drops down the north side for about 2000 feet into McCullough Gulch and for a grand total of 3000+ feet back to the road. The couloir is on average 40* and has a short 45* roll over in the middle. This line is prone to avalanches due to its north-facing nature and strong cross loading capabilities from the consistent westerly winds that plague the area.

Approach: depending on TH conditions and personal ambition, you can either start at the winter TH or if the road is snow free at the McCullough Gulch TH.


Crampons, ice axe and skis/snowboard.

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