Gibraltar Ledges and Gib Chute

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Gibraltar Ledges and Gib Chute

Submitted By: E_Poore on May 31, 2014

Administrator: E_Poore

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Starting Elevation: 54000
Elevation Gain: 90000
Total Distance:
Avalanche Resources:
Snowmobile Access: No
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

Featured Descent

Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.

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Details

Access from Paradise Lodge and Camp Muir.  

How to Get There

Ascend the Muir snowfield to camp Muir.  From Muir ascend the left side of the Cowlitz Glacier to the base of Gibraltar Rock.  At the base of the rock (11,600') stay climbers left of the rock and continue up hugging the rock on your right side.  There is some exposure on your left as you travel over snow/rock depending on time of year.  Once at the top of Gibraltar Rock (12,600') navigate some cracks on the upper Ingraham and Nisqually Glaciers to meet up with the standard DC Route.  The DC is a well traveled route with wands and a well defined snow path to the crater rim.  

 

Access Issues

Make sure the road to Paradise is open and pay a park entrance fee as well as climbing fee (required for travel above 10,000')

Approach Description

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