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Little Pawnee: North Couloir (East)

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A steep couloir with lots of rocks to avoid, making this as "alpine" as it gets.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Ski Line

12,280' 3,743 m

High

11,149' 3,398 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,130' 345 m

Down

43%

Avg Slope (23°)

99%

Max Slope (45°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

II D7 R2 (II D10 R2)
Being the east of the two direct options from the summit, this line is known for rocks being littered throughout its length. Alternatively, Zig Zag Couloir can be taken to make it much harder in terms of skiing.

Description

Climb the line from just below Little Blue Lake. Make sure to note avy conditions, as this line is notoriously thin and is north-facing, making it prime real estate for dangerous slides.

Choosing to go left at the obvious conjunction of two couloirs keeps you at the D7 difficulty, while taking the climber's right option brings you into Zig Zag couloir, upping the ante a bit.

Getting to the summit from the top of the couloir means covering some Class 3 ground, so keep that in mind before considering this a peak-bagging line. Just purely for location this line is worth doing if in the area. Watch the exposed rocks in the apron on the way out.

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Thomas Beatty

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Photos

Alexis skinning up near treeline, with views (from L->R) of Mt. Toll, Paiute Peak, and Mt. Audubon.
Apr 5, 2021 near Nederland, CO
Little Pawnee's two North Couloirs (east and west) from just below Little Blue Lake.
Oct 13, 2022 near Nederland, CO

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