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black The East Couloir, Hallett Peak

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Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -871' -265 m
High: 11,032' 3,363 m
Low: 10,161' 3,097 m

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Avg Slope: 47% (25°)
Max Slope: 82% (39°)
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Avalanche risk for May 22, 2019: Considerable

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential. Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

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A broad couloir that provides a shorter alternative to it's neighbor's, Dragontail and Dead Elk.

Chris Dickson
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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From Emerald Lake, a steep and strenuous skin will bring you up the East Couloir. This is also done as a moderate snow climb in the summer and an approach to the East Ridge of Hallett Peak.

After ascending the couloir, rip skins and ski the steep entrance which mellows out into a nice 40-60ft wide couloir at roughly 35 degrees. This is definitely avalanche terrain, so skiing this in solid conditions is advised. Once you ski out the apron, there are several fun boulders to hit, and you can choose between going skier's left into a treed area or straight into a rockslide area. Either way, you end up on Emerald Lake and can re-group there.

A really fun alternative if you're looking for something different from Dragontail Couloir and Dead Elk Couloir in Tyndall Gorge.

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6:30 start, got to the top around 10:30. already warming up quite a lot, Dragon's Tail had a large wet slide at the base of it that had scoured off...

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