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Deception Couloir

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0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -299' -91 m
High: 12,553' 3,826 m
Low: 12,254' 3,735 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 53% (28°)
Max Slope: 61% (31°)
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An aesthetic line seen from William's Lake

Lee Ringer
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This line looks far, maybe steep, and hard to get too. In the spring with a good snowpack, this is a very achievable and enjoyable outing. It also offers an incredible view of the surrounding peaks.

Description

A good outing and aesthetic line that can be seen from William's Lake. Many ways to approach this line. Either cross the Bog as if approaching Sin Nombre, once out of the trees head SW and uphill, aiming for the N facing aspect of the Lake Fork - Sin Nombre Ridge. One could also approach as if skiing Ice Spider Couloir, but continue S, finding path of least resistance. The second is easy in the spring with a stable snowpack. The E side of the couloir stays in the shade and is good climbing conditions in the spring. There are many short, steep, and techy lines along this part of the LF - SN ridge. If one was getting after it they could have a stellar day with lots of fun climbing and skiing.

History & Background

I'm sure this line has been skied many times, and probably has it's own name. So please let me know if there is a proper name, and any other beta is much appreciated! I called this Deception Couloir because it seems like a formidable mission from Williams Lake, however, with a solid Spring snowpack and cloud cover I was able to approach the couloir and climb it in around 45 minutes, thus its difficulty was deceptive.

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Top of Deception!
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Deception from below Ice Spider Couloir
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM
Bottom of Deception Couloir
Oct 1, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM

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