Trying to get some ideas. Getting the wife more comfortable on steep snow. She does NOT like ice, so I'm looking for some good snow couloirs. We recently did Thor SE couloir, which was perfect. Another one on the list is Dade hourglass. Any other suggestions come to mind? Preferably doable as a day hike but not necessary. Oh yeah, I would probably like to keep it at 40ish degrees max.
There is big difference in difficulty when the conditions are Sierra Bullet Ice that is found late in the season and when they are just styro Snow hard pack which one will find within the next few weeks actually.
The latter of course being far less difficult and more enjoyable to some if done early in the morning when the hard packed snow is just.....
btw Not to hijack Bruno's thread, but has anyone gotten anywhere near the East Couloir of Basin or the Kindergarten Couloir ? How is the road ? I think my forester should get to the trailhead for Basin if there is not too much snow still by the time 108 opens in a few weeks (crossing fingers) ..
I personally think the one's Chief mentioned (except Dana) would probably be scary for somebody just getting used to steep snow.
I'd recommend some easier snow climbs, like:
*Mt Aggasiz from Bishop Pass in early season can consist of a nice snow climb for part at least
*Mt Goode is a real easy snow climb from Bishop Pass Trail
*Mt Johnson's N Ridge has a short snow climb on the approach (in early season, its crap later), and some fun Class 3 on the ridge
*Mt Morgan has some nice snow couloirs above Francis lake. Just gotta avoid the easier way on the right by ridge
*Mt Dade Hourglass
Also, the Ritter-Banner saddle is another fairly easy one .. with two nice peaks to climb from the saddle once you get there