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Ray of Light Couloir

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 5.0 (1) SKI LINE

A gnarly exposed line through cliffs.


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Miles

0.7

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Ski Line

12,692' 3,868 m

High

11,514' 3,510 m

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0' 0 m

Up

1,178' 359 m

Down

53%

Avg Slope (28°)

103%

Max Slope (46°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
This is in a Wilderness, so no mechanized equipment or drones are allowed.

Need to Know

This is not recommended when hardpack conditions exist—falls may be deadly and self arrest can be impossible in certain parts of this line.

Description

This line offers fear-inducing exposure suitable for expert alpinists who crave the sense of living on the edge, literally. After a big snow year, this is rideable from the top and requires a harrowing off-camber traverse first above a chute funneling onto cliffs, then above a cliff to a narrow choke a couple board-widths wide.

Most of the time, it is recommended to climb the bottom half of the line and descend from there. From either the top or bottom, and within the couloir, most of the line is not visible. It makes a couple turns as it winds through the gnarly volcanic cliffs, then opens onto an apron amidst towering rock faces.

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Shared By:

J. Bella

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No fall zone ~ the harrowing traverse in the middle of the Ray of Light Couloir
Feb 10, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Crowl's Couloir on West Simpson's northwest face
Feb 10, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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