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seanoTraverse from "Ruby"  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2012

seano

Long, tricky ridge, but some fun climbing. 2h20 from Ruby. Trip report.
Posted Sep 5, 2012 8:03 pm

tb00957Lots of snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011
snow helped.
Posted Aug 25, 2011 4:55 pm

mrchad9East Couloir- both of them  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011

mrchad9

Initially tried the couloir with the chockstone, thought the heavy snow this year (snowline still 11,500 feet) might make this a walkup... wrong!

When I got to the chockstone it had 3-4 feet of snow overhanging the top, and a large moat from there to the lower portion when I stood. Not passable.

Headed over to the second couloir 100 feet to the south, followed steep snow nearly to the headwall, then managed to cut over on rock to the normal chute a good ways above the chockstone. Had my lightweight crampons, would have been much better with a larger pair, also next time I won't forget my gloves.

Tough scrambing, loose rock, superb views.
Posted Jul 18, 2011 1:47 pm

relsdon"Sucky Suckfest" on the East Couloir
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2010

relsdon

Climbed with a friend doing Mills as his alternate peak for the 2010 Sierra Challenge. Nothing fun about this route, as far as I am concerned, except the approach. The East couloir is a class 3 chute with deep sand/scree = ugly. Even the relatively solid stuff is sandstone that crumbles when you brush it, or is actually a large rock about to slide away. Life is short, and there are so many better mountains out there to climb. I recommend skipping it. If you find you must, I advise trying route earlier in the season to get snow in the couloir. Maybe the North Ridge is better?
Posted Aug 13, 2010 2:57 pm

soslawEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009

soslaw

Perhaps because I am tall the chockstone crux was no more than class 3. Otherwise a loose slog rewarded by a great view.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 2:48 pm

Sam RobertsEast Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009

Sam Roberts

Not much to add to what everyone else has said, except: Never again!!
Posted Aug 21, 2009 6:52 pm

Bob BurdTraverse from Ruby  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Bob Burd

The traverse took Tom Becht (below) and I five hours where I thought it would take two - a much bigger adventure than I'd expected. But it turned out to be great fun and great company. Trip Report
Posted Sep 1, 2008 2:16 pm

Michael GraupeEast Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Michael Graupe

Day 2 of the 2008 Sierra Challenge. The couloir is awfully loose, one of the worst I have climbed in a long time. Beautiful views from the summit. Tagged Lookout peak on the way back as well.
Some Photos.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 7:17 pm

bechttTraverse from Ruby Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

bechtt

The highlight of the 2008 Sierra Challenge for me. The traverse from Ruby Peak was thrilling and nerve racking -- and this is one week after successfully doing the Palisades Traverse (T-Bolt - Sill). Thanks to Bob Burd for talking me into it.
Posted Aug 23, 2008 8:21 pm

McCannsterSierra Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

McCannster

Day of Sierra Challenge, very loose going up the coulier. Did my best to not send rocks careening down the mountainside, but failed. Nice views from on top.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 6:18 pm

dshoshoneEast Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2007

dshoshone

Above the chockstone I stayed far right on some hard cl 3 rock to avoid the loose scree..fun stuff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 5:48 pm

salad Route Climbed: East Couloir (descended VanDalsem variation)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2006

salad

5.5 hours car to car at an easy pace. This route is loose and I would not do it again. Suggest North Ridge instead. Solo it and bring your helmet in case someone is descending while you are headed up.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 9:48 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: East Couloir Date Climbed: May 29, 2005  Sucess!

Completebum

In hind sight I guess I appreciate this climb more than I did at the time. Went up the left fork and bailed to the rock when the snow became mushy/inconsistent by 8am, seriously WTF? Bailed back to the snow after pulling on several loose blocks and finding several holds covered with ice. I eventually made the summit in a pretty bad mood after postholing to my thighs on the upper parts of the couloir. After enjoying the views/cursing the mountain I left to decend the right fork hoping it would be better....I was wrong. The upper part felt like 50 degrees (steeper than the chutes above the notch on Whitneys MR) so I faced the slope and down climbed it. Several times I sank into my crotch when stepping down-each followed by odd combinations of profanity. After scrambling down some more crappy rock I made it to the "safety" of the lower slopes. I bidded the mountian a single finger solute (by that time I couldn't think of any more novel curses) and plunge-stepped from there.
Posted May 31, 2005 12:49 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: East Couloir (descended VanDalsem variation) Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Day 3 of the Sierra Challenge was for a peak I'd climbed, so I headed out here to settle a score. My first two tries on this route this summer had ended in abject failure. The first saw me misidentifying the summit, climbing another couloir further to the north, and subsequently enjoying my first unplanned waterless bivy somewhere off Mills' North Ridge. The second avoided a bivy at least, but saw me try the wrong fork of the couloir, leading to loose, scary class 4 climbing.



This time, I identified the correct couloir. For a class 3 climb, the crux moves past the chockstone are surprisingly tricky--they were harder than any of the 4th class stuff I scrambled that week, with loose rock, poor holds, and endless sand pouring down in my face to blind me while I thrashed about. Not too much fun at the time, but highly amusing in retrospect. I've never encountered anything quite like it anywhere else.



The couloir is dangerously loose, but really no more than class 2 once past the chockstone. I descended the rib to the north; this involves more class 3, but isn't quite as loose. (It still requires descending the difficult chockstone though).
Posted Nov 17, 2004 8:53 pm

Dave KRoute Climbed: East Couloir Date Climbed: August 28, 2003  Sucess!

Dave K

IMHO, this is one of the more dangerous routes I've climbed. Lotsa loose rocks on this one!
Posted Sep 2, 2003 11:48 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: East Couloir Date Climbed: Jul 2, 1999  Sucess!

Bob Burd

A very pleasant solo outing - very loose rock and tricky route-finding - what more can one ask? Trip Report.
Posted Feb 10, 2003 8:23 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: East Couloir Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!

bearbnz

Very few tourists around on this day. Some of the blocks in the couloir are scary loose.
Posted Feb 10, 2003 7:24 pm

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