"Backbreaker" Couloir

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 40.18190°N / 105.6458°W
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring
Additional Information Time Required: A long day
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: Class 3
Additional Information Difficulty: Hard
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The "Backbreaker" couloir is located off Copeland's north face and is surrounded by jagged spires of treacherous looking rock. However, the route is manageable, at least as a descent on skis.

Getting There

The route is accessed via the Bluebird Lake Trail, which is sought from the Wild Basin Trailhead. You'll want to cut south about a half mile before you reach the actual lake, which will avoid having to backtrack.
Copeland Mountain TOPOTOPO

Route Description

A good view of the route beforehand will do you well for the ascent, as the series of couloirs can become quite a maze once you're within them. Essentially, you'll want to swing lookers right of the main couloir (the leftmost route in this photo:
Copeland Mountain  Backbreaker  CouloirRoute options for Copeland

for the first 150 feet of ascent, and then make your way back into the main couloir for the rest of the way to the summit. There is a cliff band at the entrance of the main couloir which this dog leg should help you avoid.
Copeland Mountain Upper FaceUpper Face

Essential Gear

Crampons and ice axe for spring ascents/descents.

External Links

Trip Report



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