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Southeast Couloir

Southeast Couloir

Southeast Couloir

Page Type: Route

Location: Wyoming, United States, North America

Object Title: Southeast Couloir

Route Type: Mostly class 4 with a few exposed clas 5 sections

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: 5.1

Route Quality: 
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Page By: flyman

Created/Edited: Dec 10, 2002 / Dec 11, 2002

Object ID: 157478

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We approached the climb via the Teton Crest trail during a backpacking trip. We camped just outside the National Park boundry in Alaska Basin, the night before the climb. This left us only a 30 minute hike to the base of the route. The advantage of this approach is that no camping permits are required in Alaska Basin, and of course our base camp being so close to the climb.

Route Description

There is a saddle connecting Buck with Static Peak. This saddle is just east of the Teton Crest trail as it passes Buck. The climb starts from this saddle. From the saddle follow the base of the cliff bands north to an obvious Couloir. This is your line to the upper reaches of the Mountain. The coulior angles up and to your right (northwest) and alternares between easy class 4, and some short but exposed low class 5 sections. The top opens up into the upper east face where the steepness gives way to some easy slopes until just below the summit. The final 100' steepen once again until the fairly broad summit is reached.

Essential Gear

The usual mountain clothing is needed. We wished we had brought rope. There were a couple of exposed sections that really freaked us out. Going up was ok, but down climbing the coulior made me promise myself never to climb class 4 without a rope ever again.

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