Essential Gear

Climb » Mountaineering

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  • Salomon S-Lab Gaiters
    Salomon S-Lab Gaiters

    Low cut trail shoes are great for freedom of movement...until that pebble gets inside the shoe. And even if your shoes are waterproof, there is always that one big hole in the top of it that your ankle never seems to fully seal. Top it off with the light and unrestrictive Salomon S-Lab gaitors. Lycra material clings close to the shoe, and still allows easy movement.

    $29.95
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  • Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters
    Black Diamond FrontPoint Gaiters

    Designed to keep out ice and moisture while ice climbing, the Black Diamond Frontpoint features a full-height design with a 2-layer waterproof breathable Gore-Tex upper and ballistic nylon lower

    $79.95
    Where to Buy
  • Black Diamond Apex Gaiters
    Black Diamond Apex Gaiters

    A full-height gaiter built with 3-layer waterproof breathable Gore-Tex fabric, the Black Diamond Apex excels at cold, wet weather pursuits like ice climbing, mountaineering and skiing.

    $89.95
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  • Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters - Men’s
    Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters - Men’s

    The Verglas gaiter offers all-purpose waterproof protection for mountaineers and late season hikers. Significantly lighter and more packable than burly expedition gaiters, the OR's Verglas gaiter offers you lightweight comfort and uncompromised performance...[More]

    $53.95
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  • Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters - Men’s
    Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters - Men’s

    Like their namesakes, Outdoor Research Crocodiles Gaiters are at the top of the food chain. The Crocodiles gaiters are ferociously durable and provide fitted protection for those kicking steps up steep couloirs or scrambling over scree...[More]

    $74.95
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  • Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles
    Outdoor Research Expedition Crocodiles

    The Expedition Crocodiles have thicker skin for extended mountaineering trips. OR's burliest gaiters keep snow, ice and debris out while fitting over plastic boots and insulated pants. Cordura(R) lined leg resist crampon snagging...[More]

    $94.95
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  • Grivel Air Tech Racing Ice Axe
    Grivel Air Tech Racing Ice Axe

    The Grivel Air Tech Racing Ice Axe is the new version of the worlds lightest, forged steel ice axe. Without sacrificing strength or durability the Grivel Air Tech Racing Ice Axe weighs in at only 14.1 oz.

    $144.95
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  • CAMP Neve Ice Axe
    CAMP Neve Ice Axe

    The CAMP Neve is a sleek and elegant mountaineering axe with a forged steel pick that delivers solid placements in hard snow and provides quick, aggressive self arrests.

    $74.95
    Where to Buy
  • Black Diamond Pick Protectors
    Black Diamond Pick Protectors

    Black Diamond Pick Protectors keep your gear performing at its best for years and from damaging your bags during travel.

    $4.95
    Where to Buy
  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH Crocodile Gaiters
    OUTDOOR RESEARCH Crocodile Gaiters

    Crocodile gaiters are designed for mountaineers, backcountry skiers, and off-trail adventurers . . . they'll handle anything. Intended for use with hiking boots or plastic mountaineering boots.

    $75.00
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  • EMS ENDO Scrambler Gaiters
    EMS ENDO Scrambler Gaiters

    These stretchable low-cut nylon ankle gaiters shield your ankles from sticks, stones, mud, and splashes.

    $25.00
    Where to Buy
  • EMS Spindrift Gaiters
    EMS Spindrift Gaiters

    Water resistant and affordable, these high gaiters keep out snow and splash.

    $29.00
    Where to Buy
  • EMS Summit Gaiters
    EMS Summit Gaiters

    With an updated shape, these all-purpose gaiters feature Gore-Tex uppers to keep the snow out.

    $65.00
    Where to Buy
  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH Men’s Verglas Gaiters
    OUTDOOR RESEARCH Men’s Verglas Gaiters

    Lightweight (just 7.4 oz. per pair) and packable gaiters to use over your leather hiking boots or plastic mountaineering boots.

    $54.00
    Where to Buy
  • THE NORTH FACE Gore-Tex Gaiters, Closeout
    THE NORTH FACE Gore-Tex Gaiters, Closeout

    From The North Face Summit Series and ideal for mountaineering, Gore-Tex Gaiters are durably waterproof, windproof, and breathable.

    $100.00
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  • EMS Scrambler Gaiters
    EMS Scrambler Gaiters

    Scrambler gators are designed to keep rocks and debris out of your shoes so you can keep the pace up on the trail.

    $25.00
    Where to Buy
  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH Kids’ BugOut Gaiters
    OUTDOOR RESEARCH Kids’ BugOut Gaiters

    The Outdoor Research BugOut Gaiters for kids use Insect Shield to help protect against mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects-essential protection for hiking near wetlands, grassy...

    $35.00
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  • PETZL Ergo Ice Axe
    PETZL Ergo Ice Axe

    The Petzl Ergo Ice Axe is the ultimate tool for the most difficult dry tooling pitches and the most unlikely ice columns.

    $325.00
    Where to Buy
  • PETZL Nomic Ice Axe
    PETZL Nomic Ice Axe

    The Petzl Nomic Ice Axe allows the entire rock climbing repertoire to be transferred to ice.

    $299.00
    Where to Buy
  • PETZL Quark Ice Axe
    PETZL Quark Ice Axe

    The Petzl Quark is a versatile ice axe, designed primarily for technical mountaineering and for ice climbing.

    $259.00
    Where to Buy
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Featured Descent

Colorado » Ten Mile Range

Cristo Couloir

Cristo is a fairly wide snow gully, and is not particularly technical to ski.  That said, it is steep enough to demand advanced ski abilities.

Cristo is rated D8 or D9 depending on snow conditions.  For information on the D rating system, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html

In good snow conditions, Cristo can be skied right off the summit.  Depending on snowpack, there may or may not be a few rocky patches to navigate.  The gully has a few rollovers, the steepest reaching 40-45 degrees.  The slope has a double fall-line, and is generally a bit mellower if you stay towards the skier's right side.  While not a true no-fall zone, the double fall-line nature also means that a sliding fall in the couloir could be dangerous.

Cristo Couloir is a very large avalanche path and has claimed it's share of victims.  As such, this route is recommended as a spring descent in times of good stability only.  Also, whether you're driving or skinning up Blue Lakes Road, be aware that several major avalanche paths threaten the road near the dam.

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