Anyone have any info on the North couloir? I have looked for trip reports found a couple climbs, anyone have a ski trip report?
Skied the North Couloir on Feb 7TH 2017. amazing conditions!
followed the summer trail after making it up to km 17.5 on Harper Creek Fsr due to active logging. dropped the sled at the summer trail head at 6:30 am and began the descent into the valley. one hour before we arrived at valley bottom and it was cold (-25).
from there we simply followed the creek and stuck to the west side when travel was tight. skinning conditions were excellent.
3 hours later we were on top of the couloir apron with out skis on our backs. Relatively easy boot pack up the couloir and we arrived at the top another 3 hours later. The descent was great with a mix of wind crust, powder and storm slab. 3.5 hrs later we were back at the sled and on our way home.
Tips: leave early. this is a mission with little room for error. because it is a steep ascent out of the valley give yourself enough time for many water and food breaks (12 hours total not including sled times).
A good idea to bring extra safety gear like a spot or Delorme.
again, because it is a steep ascent out of the valley you may want to bring some overnight supplies and leave them in the valley in case of emergency. you will not be able to haul your partner out of the valley.
travel was easy so I think you can leave all unnecessary gear like ropes, crampons and even axe at home to save weight and sub with extra food for the push out.
a great ski! a beautiful part of the world! enjoy!