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Couloirs

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Object Title: Couloirs

Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing, Hiking, Scenery

 

Page By: SawtoothSean

Created/Edited: Jan 17, 2007 / Jan 17, 2007

Object ID: 261463

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What is this about?

Add your best couloir images to this album. The images may be a close-up of the climbing, a look up the couloir, or a distant shot of the whole route. Please upload 1-3 of your best shots and limit it to a typical couloir shot (steep snow or ice in a vertical notch on a mountain).

About Couloirs

Couloirs often provide the most obvious access to the tops of many mountains. Typically the overall angle of a couloir is less than the cliff bands which surround it. The result is a less technical route to the top of the mountain. Couloir climbing is usually dependent on the season, time of day, and snow condition. The conditions of couloirs are often different from the bottom to the top and the most common hazards while ascending a couloir are rock falls, avalanche, and chockstones. Climbers usually utilize cramp-ons and ice-ax to ascend couloirs, and experienced skiers often seek out couloirs to ski down them.

The term couloir is French for "corridor"

Images


Polar Star couloir.. yes it...

Polar Star couloir.. yes it...

Jochberg North face

Jochberg North face

The East Couloir of...

The East Couloir of...

A snowy couloir (on Mt....

A snowy couloir (on Mt....

One of the narrow couloirs...

One of the narrow couloirs...

The Hypodermic Needle

The Hypodermic Needle

Crestone Peak and the Sangres

Crestone Peak and the Sangres

West Rib, Mount McKinley

West Rib, Mount McKinley

Looking up North Peak left couloir

Looking up North Peak left couloir

Rocky River Blues - Going Down

Rocky River Blues - Going Down

Penelope at the top of the...

Penelope at the top of the...

Stettner Couloir

Stettner Couloir

Ascending Dead Dog Couloir,...

Ascending Dead Dog Couloir,...

Ice Cliff Glacier Couloir

Ice Cliff Glacier Couloir

Looking Down the Couloir

Looking Down the Couloir


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