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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The main descent is straight down the chute through two hallways, which are not super narrow.  There is a skiers right option if the main line has already been hit.  It is a great route but can have serious avalanche hazards and potential to pin a person into a rock or drag over a cliff.  Pay attention to the convexity on the top, this route can get wind loaded.  The exit is a right turn down the first creek to the parking lot.

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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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