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4th of July Couloir

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0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 12,450' 3,795 m
Low: 12,067' 3,678 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 53% (28°)
Max Slope: 77% (37°)
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A wide open chute that holds snow late into the season.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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This is avalanche terrain.

Description

This wide couloir is named for the rideable snow it holds during summer. It's a sustained pitch that opens into a large glacial basin. From the Lake Fork Primitive Route, the chute is obvious, and accessing the top is a pretty straightforward Class 2+ climb with very few technical requirements.

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Lake Fork's east ridge from Frazer Mountain.  Cerberus Couloir is in the center, 4th of July on the right
Dec 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Looking down the 4th of July Couloir
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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