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South Face "Birthday Chutes"

 
South Face "Birthday Chutes"

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.00330°N / 107.792°W

Object Title: South Face "Birthday Chutes"

Route Type: Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Winter

Time Required: Most of a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: D13 R4

Grade: II

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Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Apr 25, 2006 / Apr 22, 2013

Object ID: 190411

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Overview

A number of couloirs split the Mount Sneffels' south face. The ones on climber's left are shorter and steeper, whereas the ones on climber's right are longer and lower-angled. These make a great snow climb and/or ski descent in the the winter or spring. If planning to ski from the summit climb no later than mid spring. The ski descent is rated as a D13 R4 on the D Scale. If you decide not to ski the "Birthday Chutes", you can descend the Lavender Col Standard Route. Additional Photos.
Skiing Mount Sneffels  South Face  Birthday Chutes
Skiing the South Face "Birthday Chutes"

Getting There

From Ouray drive US 550 south to Camp Bird Mine Road (Ouray County Road #361) as far as possible. The summer trailhead is 7 miles from US 550. On April 22, 2006 we got 3.8 miles in.
Mount Sneffels  South Face  Birthday Chutes
"Birthday Chutes" from Camp Bird Mine Road

Route Description

Follow Camp Bird Mine Road into Yankee Boy Basin to 13,200' at the base of Mount Sneffels' south face. Don't confuse Kismet Peak (13,694') for Mount Sneffels, especially when traveling in the dark. Climb either couloir your choose. The most popular is the most prominent which leads most directly to the summit. The maximum slope angle of this couloir is about 50 degrees. If climbing later than mid spring and the summit is dry, expect class 3-4 climbing.
Mount Sneffels  South Face  Birthday Chutes
South Face "Birthday Chutes" Popular Line

Climbing Mount Sneffels  South Face  Birthday Chutes
Climbing Mount Sneffels' South Face "Birthday Chutes"

Essential Gear

Crampons. Ice axe if uncomfortable on steep, frozen snow.

External Links

http://www.couloirmag.com/articles/profiles/crossen_sean/sneffels/crossen-sneffels.htm
http://www.cloudveil.com/culture/trip_report_full.php?gallery=37
http://www.skithe14ers.com/p-mt-sneffels.php
http://www.telemarktalk.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=8869&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
http://www.wildsnow.com/biography/lou_fourteeners.htm

Guide Book

Dawson's Guide to Colorado Fourteeners Vol. 2: The Southern Peaks

Images

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