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Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -820' -250 m
High: 13,433' 4,094 m
Low: 12,613' 3,844 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 48% (26°)
Max Slope: 53% (28°)
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Trail shared by Timothy Zander

Avalanche risk for Apr 18, 2019: Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

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Steep skiing over a 60m ice cliff. Rappel required. Tight turns below rap

Timothy Zander
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Double rope rappel(we used 60m and tag line). Bring tat/nuts.

Description

Enjoy this descent from the summit of Wheeler Mountain. This descent is steep and committing, especially in the turns above the choke. Interesting rocks are exposed as you continue to the lower portion of the mountain. As you get lower start looking for an anchor, don't get too low or you'll miss them. A long double rope rappel over a steep ice gully lands you in a deep chasm. Very tight turns lead to the apron and a fast ski out.

History & Background

I don't know if this has been skied before, but I believe we were the first. Zander/Zander Spring 2015

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