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Sickle Couloir
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Sickle Couloir

 
Sickle Couloir

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.11300°N / 115°W

Object Title: Sickle Couloir

Route Type: Snow couloir/ridge scramble

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: AI 3, class 3+

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Page By: mtnclimber101

Created/Edited: Oct 30, 2005 / Nov 5, 2005

Object ID: 167324

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Approach


Follow Fishhook Trail and description to North side technical climbs. then head for obvious snow field and couloir on north face of mountain.

Route Description


Cross Fishhook creek across from couloir and scramble up talus and snow field until it steepens and narrows into couloir. Climb couloir snow (up to 40-45 degrees) about 2-3 pitches to col.
Scramble from col to to East ridge, then to the summit, with the greatest difficulty being route finding.
If you are uncomfortable climbing and area or it looks too steep, backtrack and go around steep sections. There is generally a class 3 route to the summit on most ridges.
Descent is a class 3+ scramble heading West down the summit ridge until you find an exit gully to the Northwest face, then scramble down the face back to Fishhook creek and bushwack back to the Fishhook creek trail.
Rock is generally loose everywhere, so always be aware of rockfall potential.
This route can be soloed by EXPERIENCED alpine climbers, but you are in a very remote setting, so don't overestimate your abilities.

Essential Gear


Helmet, crampons, ice axe.

Also needed (depending on experience/comfort level:
Rope, 2nd ice tool, snow pickets (2-3), various slings/carabiners for snow anchors

Miscellaneous Info


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Images

Looking up Sickle Couloir...Top of SickleHortsman peak lower snow...M Stute scrambling upper...View of Sickle couloir from...Climbing the Sickle Couloir