Snoopy’s Backside Couloir

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Snoopy’s Backside Couloir

Submitted By: mtnfiend on January 21, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack: easy
- Mountaineering: easy
Starting Elevation: 10400 ft.
Elevation Gain: ~2900 ft.
High Point: 13294 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 40°


Skin WNW up Herman gulch to the far west end of the basin.  A bench below the couloir at about 12,500 is a good place to switch from skinning to booting.  Boot up the slightly NE facing 600ft couloir to a prominent notch just slightly below the summit ridge.  From here, you can scramble (read crux) up a 10 ft pitch of class 3 rocky or mixed terrain to one, or both summits.

Equipment Needs

An axe and crampons may be required depending on snow conditions.


The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir.  I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge.  Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing.  The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute.  Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.

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DanF's avatar

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

How long does this take roundtrip?

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