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Queen's Way 

Steep Snow

Type:  Snow, Alpine, 2000'
FA: Unknown
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Dec 30, 2009

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Apache from the East. Queen's Way is the couloir ...


Climbing Apache via the beautiful upper South Saint Vrain drainage and the Isabelle Glacier provides a fun day with beautiful scenery and a killer 2,000' ski descent as reward.


From Brainard Lake head up the South Saint Vrain drainage to Lake Isabelle and on to the Isabelle Glacier. From the Southwest corner of the glacier the route takes the steep snow ramp to a saddle below Apache's summit.


Climb early while the snow is frozen and time your descent to catch the corn.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down Queen's Way from mid-way up.
Looking down Queen's Way from mid-way up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Queen's Way in red.
Queen's Way in red.
Rock Climbing Photo: Queen's Way descent.
Queen's Way descent.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower down on QW.
Lower down on QW.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching in the early spring. Great conditions.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching in the early spring. Great conditions.
Rock Climbing Photo: Skiing down. Awesome ski descent! Or split board. ...
Skiing down. Awesome ski descent! Or split board. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing QW.
Climbing QW.
Rock Climbing Photo: Conditions on 7/18/2015.
BETA PHOTO: Conditions on 7/18/2015.

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By Rick Blair
From: Denver
Jul 23, 2012
rating: Steep Snow

Slope measurements on the way up:
Entrance 30
Midway 38
Top 42
These were taken on my mountaineering axe laid on surfaces that appeared to best represent the overall slope. Likely there are localized areas of steeper snow and snow conditions would certainly change this. My visual slope readings from the moraines down below were around 45 degrees.

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