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East Wall Traverse

Intermediate

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1.0 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -368' -112 m
High: 12,158' 3,706 m
Low: 11,790' 3,594 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 7% (4°)
Max Slope: 12% (7°)
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A gravity traverse that gives you access to the Upper East Wall's staircase hiking gates.

Rachel Vecchitto
Type: In Bounds (completely inside ski area boundary)

Description

The first part of this traverse can get a bit rough from all the skier traffic it sees, but once you're around the first corner this is an easy gravity traverse that gives you access to Willie's Wide Staircase and the 7th Tree Chute Staircase. If hiking isn't your preference, the entire area below the traverse is a skier or rider's playground, full of gullies, lips and rollers that are fun in almost all conditions.

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Photos

View of First Notch from mid-mountain.
Feb 6, 2017 near Keystone, CO
View of North Pole from mid-mountain.
May 11, 2016 near Keystone, CO
View of North Y Chute (red) and the 7th Tree Chute Staircase (blue) from the top of the Pali lift.
Mar 8, 2017 near Keystone, CO

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