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[TR] South Early Winter Spire - Southwest Couloir 5/9/2010


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Trip: South Early Winter Spire - Southwest Couloir


Date: 5/9/2010


Trip Report:

Climbed the couloir at SEWS on Saturday in perfect snow and weather conditions. Hiked up in good time on firm snow. Norman and me had climbed this route few years back and thought it would be a good one for new guy Eddie. Knowing the snow conditions can be anything here we brought plenty of gear. The big boulder at the start is covered in deep snow and can't be seen. Lower portion of the gully was good boot steps and higher up hard snow but not ice. We used a couple pickets for running belay and cruised it. A short bit of snow covered rock steps and we were on top with fantastic views all around. Saw a couple groups of skiers skinning up the bowl and over the other side. Thunderstorms were forecast but we were in sunshine the whole day. Had the mountain to ourselves so we lounged on top for a long time. Easy downclimb and the snowshoes helped on the hike out. Great day in the mountains.


Start of couloir







Liberty Bell from summit



Top of couloir



Three Stooges



Gear Notes:

rope,pickets,crampons. didn't use 2nd tool or screws.

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