Mini AK 9

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Mini AK 9

Submitted By: Y.C. on August 19, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Route Type:
  • Big Mountain
Descent Difficulty:
Season:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering:
Starting Elevation: 9,475 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft.
High Point: 12,331 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 52 degrees°

Approach

This line is at the far end of the Cirque.  Hike from Bear Lake to Flat top and around to Notchtop.  Once above Mini AK, continue to the summit of Knobtop.  Ski from the summit in to the line down the east ridge.  When I was there a small cornice formed on the right side.  It might help if you shoot some photos from on top of notchtop of the entrance for reference.

Equipment Needs

Avy gear, Touring skis or splitboard, and a solid partner.

Descent

Once in the line, there is nothing to difficult about the route finding.  There is a spine out skiers right that you could go over into a different section if the line started to rip.  The main line descends straight down over a few cliffs, height and risk depending on snow.   After the mandatory air you have the skirt where I headed to the right side to descend under the east face of notch top.  Keep heading right towards lake Helene.  Be heads up of the slopes to skiers right that can slide.  You will need to skin up to the lake.  Once at the lake I recomend skinning up Flat top where you can get a high perch and ski down and around back to Bear Lake.  Be carefull of getting caught in the thick trees and route finding in the drainage below Lake Helene.

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