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Goldfinger Couloir 

Steep Snow PG13

   
Type:  Snow, Alpine, 500'
FA: not known
Season: fall or spring most likely unless you like suffering )
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Submitted By: Jason Kaplan on Jun 28, 2007

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Description 

This is a really fun couloir.

The crux is the steep roll before everything starts to funnel down into the choke (going down). It's probably at least 15 feet wide at the choke, and once through there is a group of rocks that split the line in the middle. I took the skinny line on lookers left at the bottom. Steepness, this line clocks in at about 50*, and the roll over at the top is usually near vertical if not a overhanging cornice, you can usually sneak in.

Location 

Just west of the Black Wall on Mt. Spaulding, there is a main drainage that funnels into this line. It is pretty easy to find, but there is definitely some commitment getting out. We left a car at Echo Lake and went down the Chicago Lakes Basin and up the main trail back to Echo Lake. There was lots of deep snow, willows, water, and bushwhacking.

EDIT: This year we climbed back out via the trail back up to Summit Lake, and it was way less slogging and death marching.

Protection 

Beacon, shovel, probe, partners. I am not sure what you would use for going up (besides the obvious ice axes and crampons) but could probably use snow pickets or maybe some rock pro as the Black Wall is just to your left.


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Goldfinger still fresh before anyone got to it.
BETA PHOTO: Goldfinger still fresh before anyone got to it.
The line after we slayed it and as our third membe...
The line after we slayed it and as our third membe...
Goldfinger June 1st '08.
Goldfinger June 1st '08.

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By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Jun 28, 2007

Does anyone know anything about the line to the looker's right?

It looks way steeper, sustained, and skinnier, probably a great climb and a horrifying ride. It would be something else to get a descent down something like that. Probably 5-10 feet wide is my guess.
By Buff Johnson
Jun 29, 2007

Jay, I think that may be Badfinger, it's in Roach's 13er book I believe for Spalding.