McGown North Couloir

McGown North Couloir

SeanD
SeanD

May 29th, 2012, 3:26 am #1

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
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Joined: December 20th, 2007, 3:45 pm

May 29th, 2012, 6:17 am #2

Looks good! That's painful to think of you guys... walking... back down... the other side That slope to reach the summit is very intimidating! I remember looking over at it when we skied the couloir and thinking, "Nope! Glad I'm not going there"!

Good work! Way to get out and get after it!
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Joined: September 4th, 2008, 4:17 am

May 29th, 2012, 1:24 pm #3

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
Nicely done SeanGoat. Awesome photos.
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splattski
splattski

May 29th, 2012, 4:04 pm #4

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
Nice!
What is that,... about knee deep?
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Wes
Wes

May 29th, 2012, 5:15 pm #5

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
Wow, Nice! Was there a big cornice at the top of the couloir?
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Joined: March 22nd, 2006, 12:35 am

May 29th, 2012, 10:22 pm #6

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
Impressive as usual! I definitely took the easy way up...
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pat
pat

May 30th, 2012, 1:15 am #7

Had a great day on excellent snow today.


Easy Kicking Steps


Not so easy snow crossing to reach summit


Classic View with North Face Couloir in center
I figured there would be a lot of snow on Saturday and thought it might be unstable on Sunday and Monday.
Guess not.

I am really curious about some things if you don't mind a few questions. How much new snow was there? Who took the pictures? Did you make the summit? Did you glissage the east side? How long did this climb take from the car? Thanks.

Pat
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SeanD
SeanD

May 30th, 2012, 6:09 am #8

Hey guys- thanks for the nice comments.

There might have been about 6-18 inches of newer snow. The steps were shin to knee deep and rarely required more than a kick. There was a little ice right at the top. I took the pictures of my friend John, and at the top of the couloir was a big block of ice that barely resembled a cornice. We bypassed it with a few hard kicks. It was by-passable on both sides. We saw some very small wet slides, but nothing much.

The traverse over from the top of the couloir to the south side was the crux, and it was steep. When we reached the south side, we corkscrewed our way around to the summit. Last signature was 2011. Old register was gone- I was bummed because I wanted to see my signature from 15 years ago. There was still snow on the south slopes. We plunge stepped down the SE slopes to the meadow below and it was very quick. Glissading might have saved 10 minutes, but we read Accidents in North American Mountaineering regularly. Car to Car was just under 9 hours for us- we were semi casual about the pace.
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SeanD
SeanD

May 30th, 2012, 6:30 am #9

I figured there would be a lot of snow on Saturday and thought it might be unstable on Sunday and Monday.
Guess not.

I am really curious about some things if you don't mind a few questions. How much new snow was there? Who took the pictures? Did you make the summit? Did you glissage the east side? How long did this climb take from the car? Thanks.

Pat

(Looking Back (north) at the top of the Couloir with climber below)



( John just below summit, descending)
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Joined: June 17th, 2009, 5:29 pm

May 30th, 2012, 3:33 pm #10

That first picture is a classic.
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