WI3 M3 Steep Snow R
||Mixed, Ice, Snow, 20 pitches, 2500', Grade III
|Consensus: ||WI3 M3 [details]|
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|Submitted By: ||Colin Bartholomew on Mar 7, 2011|
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This is a uber classic in the Enchantments. From Colchuck lake, Head towards the lowest protrusion of rock approximately in the middle of the peak. Bear slightly left, where you will see two possible starts. Take the left or right start of the first couloir. Ascend this until you reach the runnels. These are the steep snow and ice pitches separating the first and second couloirs. These take ice screws depending on conditions or pitons and some rock gear. From the top of the runnels continue up the second couloir. Exit the second coulior via a mixed pitch or steep snow pitch depending on conditions. Continue up the less steep third couloir to the summit. From the summit ridge go right to the true summit. Descend down and right to a notch. From here, take a direct line towards Asgard Pass.
Enchantments. Up from Colchuck Lake.
This climb really requires a great deal of soloing or run-out climbing. Therefore it is not recommended for beginners. Comfort on steep snow is a great asset on this climb. Also climbing WI3 very comfortably is a plus.
A medium rack including small nuts, 4-5 pins, and cams from .5-2 and 4-5 ice screws (but you probably won't use that many). A couple pickets also are helpful.
BETA PHOTO: Dragontail Peak from the far end of Colchuck Lake....
Peter Moore in the first couloir. Photo Colin Bart...
The approach and a clear view of the couloir
Standing on the lake looking back
Goran, seconding thin ice in The Runnels
By Shaun Johnson
May 14, 2014
This thing is a little taste of Chamonix in the Stuart Range. SO FUN!!