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West Face Couloir 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b WI3-4 Mod. Snow

Type:  Trad, Ice, Snow, 1 pitch, 700', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b WI3-4 [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Allen Sanderson on Aug 1, 2007

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From Maybird Bowl cross over north ridge of the Pfeifferhorn at its lowest point into Hogum Fork. Beware of avalanche danger on both sides. Once in Hogun Fork continue south and past the northwest face until you are in a bowl surrounded by lots of granite. The colouir that ones sees as they first start traversing around is the West Face Ramp Route. Go past the rock buttress that forms the ramp.

Mid way up the colouir is a short ~30' but steep section that can be rock, ice, or mixed. After surmounting this section continue on snow which leads directly to the summit.


Approach from Maybird Gulch.

Descend the East Ridge returning either to Maybird Gulch via the headwall or eastern colouirs or traverse east to the head of Red Pine Canyon. Either way be aware of avalanche danger - including while descending from the summit.

Descent#2 Return they way you came via skis (Yes, this has been skied with a rap).


Short section of rope and a few small nuts and cams for the step. A fixed pin may still be on the left side of the corner.

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