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An extremely steep and exposed line off Pettingell's East Ridge.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Ski Line

13,022' 3,969 m

High

12,048' 3,672 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

975' 297 m

Down

45%

Avg Slope (24°)

85%

Max Slope (40°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Overview

This is a very steep and exposed line that requires a ridge scramble to access but is a fantastic ski if you're looking for something very unique and south facing in the Herman Gulch area. You'll likely have no company for this descent.

Description

There are two ways to access this line. One can either ski and climb down from the summit of Pettingell to the entrance of this gully OR use the Herman-Jones-Watrous Connector trail to gain the saddle between Pettingell and Machebeuf, then head west along the easy 2nd/3rd class ridge (snow depending) of Pettingell. Both ways will require taking off your skis and carefully climbing an exposed and narrow ridgeline.

The entry point notch is quite obvious when at the top. From here, one can look down the line from the ridge to Herman Lake. You'll be standing between two large rock columns.

There is a cliffband maybe two-thirds of the way down this line, which can easily be bypassed on skiers right. The cliffs are incredibly obvious and become moreso as you descend the line, but a ski over these would be problematic. Take the right turn.

The first few turns at the top are extremely steep, maybe in the low 50 degree range and very exposed. The middle portion (above a cliffband) is also in the high 40's. The lower apron below the cliffband is much more mellow.

This being said, the upper two-thirds is a no fall zone - the top is narrow and the middle entails steep turns atop the huge cliff band that you cannot ski over and would not want to fall over either.

Should also be noted that this is a south-facing spring line - you'll want to ski this fairly early in the day.

Shared By:

Jake Albright

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in Herman Gulch

#238

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in Herman Gulch

#61

in Colorado

#238

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Photos

Zoomed in view of the first few steep turns with exposure.
May 8, 2023 near Georgetown, CO
Looking down the top of the Pettingell East Ridge South Chute. It is very steep up here.
May 8, 2023 near Georgetown, CO
The main line with tons of slough on a warm spring day.
May 8, 2023 near Georgetown, CO

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