Jul 16 2011
The plan was to get Pacific’s North Couloir. Jesse was in and we got an early start from the trailhead. We made good time in hiking shoes up to the snow just below Hawaii Chutes. I was a bit concerned about heating on the lower sections of the North Couloir. Worried that it would be hollow steep post-holing we ended up climbing talus next to the Hawaii Chutes. Had a little scare bouldering in ski boots falling off a 20 footer onto rocks but I managed to stick it. Then we pushed on to the summit. We descended to the entrance of the North Couloir only to find about 100′ of alpine ice at the top and a ton of rock suncups at the dogleg. Why ski a line as great as this in such poor condition. We could have done it but why. Skimountaineering is supposed to be fun. We opted to climb back to the Hawaii Chutes and enjoyed great snow and great turns.
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