Sahale - East Face CouloirDate:
On Tuesday Kurt Hicks and I wandered over to the Davenport glacier on the east side of Sahale. We climbed a long and exceedingly narrow couloir that gains the ridge just north of the summit, visible in this Scurlock Scurlock Photo of Sahale E Face
photo. I don't know if it's been climbed or not.
The entrance was the crux and very fun: a chimney fest between a vertical fin of last year's snow and the wall of the couloir. We found snow of varying hardness, 50 degrees with a few steep bulges of ice and rock. In these thin conditions the couloir is maybe 5 feet wide in places--very cool. The pics in my blog post might give you some idea of how things look up there if you have been wondering.
There's a lot of snow and with a little more melt-freeze there will be all sorts of fun to be had up there. Gear Notes:
Screws, pins, rack, tools.Approach Notes:
Road open to the end. Intermittent snow began just short of the pass, or 5,000'. The Arm was mostly snow covered.