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#1154485 - 04/10/17 09:59 PM [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017
Alex789 Offline

Registered: 02/25/12
Posts: 41
TRs: 11 Photos: 0
Loc: bellevue, wa
Trip: Colchuck Peak - NE couloir

Date: 4/2/2017

Trip Report:
My friend Jesus and I climbed Colchuck Peak NE couloir last weekend. The road to the Stuart Lake trailhead is closed and I expect it to be opened later this season as there is a lot of snow in Mountaineering Creek. We camped at the Colchuck Lake still frozen solid.
We left our tent at 4:45. The weather was windy and it snowed.
The climbing was straightforward with good snow to kick steps. The bergshrund posed no problems. We climbed unroped and Jesus carried our rope in a pack as an exercise. We took left gully entrance and the climbing steepened. We came to a large overhanging cornice and could not see any logical exit. We carried our avalanche kits with us and Jesus told: "We have shovels, why don't we just punch a hole in it?" So we did. Almost 2 hours of digging and we made a good tunnel to escape on top of the ridge.
Proud of our work, we continued to the summit.
Currently the cornice is pretty solid, but with warming temperatures in spring it might collapse one day.

Gear Notes:
1 60m rope
2 ice tools - each
3 ice screws - not used
3 pickets - used 2
Small rock rack - not used
Several slings - used 2 for pickets
Avi kits - each, including snow shovels

Approach Notes:
A lot of snow, flotation is needed

Edited by Alex789 (04/10/17 10:36 PM)

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#1154487 - 04/11/17 08:58 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
OlympicMtnBoy Offline
Marilyn Monroe

Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 1289
TRs: 39 Photos: 79
Loc: Kirkland (Seattle)
Nice work! I love the cornice tunnel exit, looks like you had to dig quite a bit!

#1154489 - 04/11/17 11:56 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
bellows Offline

Registered: 08/11/08
Posts: 129
TRs: 25 Photos: 255
Loc: Seattle
Very cool. Lots of snow! The cornice tunnel looks like hard work, nice job.

#1154495 - 04/11/17 11:27 PM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
chrisc88 Offline

Registered: 02/01/16
Posts: 23
TRs: 0 Photos: 0

#1154496 - 04/12/17 07:25 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
John Douglass Offline

Registered: 07/20/14
Posts: 13
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Loc: Seattle, WA
Tunneling, snowsuits, eyebrow icicles, summit - this trip report has everything. Well done!

#1154520 - 04/16/17 07:51 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
mountainsloth Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/03/07
Posts: 813
TRs: 26 Photos: 593
Loc: Seatte, WA
Thanks for reminding me that it's still winter out there.

#1154523 - 04/17/17 08:20 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
AnthonyLubetski Offline

Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 18
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: Wenatchee, wa
Way to get it!

#1154576 - 04/24/17 08:20 PM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: Alex789]
ilias Offline

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 104
TRs: 21 Photos: 339
Very cool. Tunneling through that cornice looks a bit terrifying!

#1154620 - 05/01/17 09:02 AM Re: [TR] Colchuck Peak - NE couloir 4/2/2017 [Re: ilias]
JasonG Offline

Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 2653
TRs: 101 Photos: 1618
Loc: Mount Vernon
Damn. That is a fine route, but the exit looks even spicier than normal this year!

I once fell un-roped into the 'schrund, but that might not be a big concern this snowy spring.


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