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

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Colorado » Front Range

Russell Peak South Shoulder

The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right.  Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed.  They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there.  If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.

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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')

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