The X rating comes from rocks/tree rime/icicles getting hurled down the couloir like Thors axe .One day the conditions may make it a G climb,the next day it can be an X climb,something like alpine death dodge ball.Please take extreme caution always.
There is a mixed band of terrain between the two avenues of approach. The left of the two couloirs (just to the left of Lightning Couloir) is a bit safer to descend than Lightning, and it broadens out sooner, opening up to Big Butch Wash.
Please do not litter.
Head up to Mt.Baldy village towards Manker flats where the road splits.Big butch wash off is to the right.Park in the Manker Flats area.Hike up to Big Butch towards the couloirs.When you come to the junction with the small waterfall on the left side, simply head up the obvious couloir system to the right in front of you.
-Mountaineering axe Or ice tools (optional)
-Skis/snowboard for a quick descent
BETA PHOTO: Lightning Couloir Photo By Ryan Dacey
It got kinda rocky near the top
Lightning Couloir Photo By Ryan Dacey
Looking down from a nice ledge about 1/2 way up.
Baldy bowl shinning in the backround
From just above the small ice fall, pretty low on ...
Lightning Couloir Top out
About 1/3 of the way up the couloir.
The small ice fall about 100' up the couloir.
Base of the route, Where Big Butch Wash meets a lo...
The view from the top: Mt San Antonio and the Bald...
Start of the route and the small ice falls that ma...
|Comments on Lightning Couloir I AI1 X, 260M
By Tyler Wick
From: Bishop, CA
Mar 12, 2011
rating: AI1 Mod. Snow X
The place is a bowling alley in march! There were some decent sections of neve and some ice down low, but mostly easy snow. The crux was dodging rocks.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 10, 2012
Added a new area for The Three T's, could the owner or an admin move this route there? Thanks.
By Dave Alden
From: San Diego, CA
Jan 14, 2013
rating: AI2 Mod. Snow X
Low snowpack at the top of the route made for a very interesting solo. Lots of exposed ground/rock forced me to frontpoint and even drytool when I was able to find features stable enough to pull on. The lower 3/4 of the route was extremely fun though, good snow until the final 50ft or so. Going to wait for a bit more snow before I attempt to repeat the route. Definitely an "X" safety rating in these conditions, it did look like there were possibilities to protect however in the rock on the sides of the couloir. No rockfall luckily.