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[TR] Crown Mountain - Crown Couloir 12/11/2011

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Trip: Crown Mountain - Crown Couloir


Date: 12/11/2011


Trip Report:

Climbed Crown Couloir on Sunday as a morning solo mission. Conditions were perfect. I borrowed my girlfriend's garmin forerunner just for fun. Mission Statistics


Starting up the grind at 5:30, Summit ~9:30, Gondola down, Home before Noon.


Passed 2 other parties on my way out.



Lots of ice forming on the north facing walls of Hanes Valley. A few lines looked pretty climbable.




Looking up from the bottom of the couloir



Further up




Looking up the middle section of the couloir. There was lots of ice to be had all over the east face of crown, worth exploring.



Summit shots looking N,E,S.



Conditions are prime, get amongst it! :tup:


Gear Notes:

As of Dec 11th, route is in good shape to be climbed sans rope, and with a single axe.


Bring rope screw and tools if wanting to try any of the flows/variations.


Approach Notes:

No flotation required.

Grouse grind is icy.

Early starts beat the crowds, but mean the gondola is not an option.

Lots of up at down.

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Fun looking route, I will have to add it to the list!

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