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Parry Bear Claw 3 - Direct Approach

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.9 mile 4.7 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,772' 1,150 m
Descent: -18' -6 m
High: 13,240' 4,036 m
Low: 9,468' 2,886 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 24% (14°)
Max Slope: 122% (51°)
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Trail shared by Kevin Gillest

Avalanche risk for Jul 10, 2019: Unknown

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We parked on highway 40 at 40 gate parking, followed Parry Creek up above tree line, boot packed the ski line exactly.

Kevin Gillest
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

This is fairly remote, so no mistakes. If your avalanche skills are suspect, you should find anther ski line. The skiing is not very hard, but the potential for issues is high on the wrong day. The creek navigating would be hard if you were only doing it in the down direction—going up first made it much better on the way out.

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We used the 40 gate parking near the Mary Jane turn off, just past the gate. We skinned across the pond area, heading to the Parry Creek Drainage. After finding the drainage, we headed up for a few miles until we could see the line before the trees ended. We crossed under the Bear Claw 3 ski line and boot packed the entire line. The snow ended near the top, maybe 300-400 feet below the summit ridge.

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Somewhere in the claw.
Feb 1, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the top of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing mid section of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the bottom of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim kicking steps up Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Looking up at the ski line May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO

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