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North Couloir 

North Couloir 

WI2- Mod. Snow

   
Type:  Ice, Snow, Alpine, 1500'
Consensus: WI2- [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: rhyang on Oct 17, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: 16-October-2010: North Couloir as viewed from Lake...

Description 

Couloir is about 40 degrees maximum. About 3/4 of the way up the couloir turns left.

In the late summer / early fall this last part may be partially melted out, making for some easy mixed climbing.

Location 

From Lake Wit-So-Nah-Pah, head up to Constance Lake. Ascend a moraine to the glacier at the base.

Descent: head down the northwest, following scree slopes to a saddle, then north back to Lake Wit-So-Nah-Pah.

Protection 

Ice screws in late summer / early fall, maybe pickets in the winter / spring. The rock quality is not good, but an alpine rack would probably suffice if you are creative.


Photos of North Couloir Slideshow Add Photo
16-October-2010: final chute to summit
BETA PHOTO: 16-October-2010: final chute to summit
16-October-2010: a short bit of exposed blue ice in the main part of the couloir
BETA PHOTO: 16-October-2010: a short bit of exposed blue ice i...
16-October-2010: second of three 'sub-chutes' in the top quarter of the couloir.  The top of the final chute is visible above the exit of this one.
BETA PHOTO: 16-October-2010: second of three 'sub-chutes' in t...
16-October-2010: couloir jogs left about 3/4 of the way up -- this is the first of three 'sub-chutes' that lead to the summit
BETA PHOTO: 16-October-2010: couloir jogs left about 3/4 of th...
Old VHS screen capture of John Fujii coming up the right branch of Red Slate North Couloir, in winter conditions.
Old VHS screen capture of John Fujii coming up the...

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By 213blc
From: THA WEST COAST
Mar 24, 2011
rating: AI1 Mod. Snow

FAbulous ski descent! Don't miss the amazing geology of Convict Canyon during the approach/return to the car.
By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Dec 17, 2012

Followed the left branch but didn't like the look of the summit terrain, came back down a bit and took a lower right branch which led nicely up a few steps to a wonderful summit ridge - April early 90's.