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[TR] Mount Shuksan - NW Couloir 03/10/2021

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Trip: Mount Shuksan - NW Couloir

Trip Date: 03/10/2021

Trip Report:

I've been wanting to do this route for years; this was my fourth attempt, all others ending ridiculously far from success (although on one we did summit and ski the summit pyramid instead, so how can that really be a failure. 

Last weekend me, @MGraw, and @thedylan got the idea that conditions would likely be just right for a real try at the NW Couloir mid-week this week. After many weekend storm days skiing near the resort we had a pretty good read on conditions. We decided to play hooky on Wednesday and go for it. 

Everything worked out great, the warmup on Monday even mysteriously held off trashing the powder down low in the White Salmon valley. We were patting ourselves on the back pretty good when we topped out the north shoulder at 11:30, 5.5 hours after starting out. Then for the hard part...

The route is pretty straightforward so I don't need to say much. It rocked! It was scarry getting in and across the traverse; when I took the photo of the traverse from above my hands were shaking. We had all watched the Cody Townsend video the day before where they make it sounds really scary. After doing it there is the possibility that they are playing it up a bit for the camera. Althogh the pucker factor is actually a million-bajillion as stated. Especially with the traverse fairly thin and rocky as we had it. 

 

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Gear Notes:
Axes for the upper S-curves & traverse.

Approach Notes:
Travers into the White Salmon Valley
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one of these days......we were up there the day Cody skied it, and skinned up the WS right behind him, but had to turn back, unfortunately.  Way to get it done! 

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