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 » Rocky Mountain National Park

Mario Gully

Pick your way through the tight trees in the upper part of the drainage, and then you'll see it open up.  If there is enough snow, there are pillow options aplenty straight down the gut.  Venture left or right and the drops get bigger, up to about 20 feet if you're feeling good.

At the bottom of the gully, don't miss the skin track that cuts left underneath the east-facing parts of the Terrain Park.  Follow this all the way back to the Dream Lake trail (Don't drop in thinking it'll take you back to your car, it won't).

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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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