Climbing the head-wall of the...

Climbing the head-wall of the Diamond Couloir on Mount Kenya. October 2005. Photo copyright: Fred Salamin (with permission). More details here.


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John Prater

John Prater - Dec 22, 2005 6:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: very cool

Some info about recent conditions in the Diamond Couloir here.

ben jammin

ben jammin - Dec 23, 2005 6:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: very cool

I've also added some additional info and links here on the Mount Kenya page.



ben jammin

ben jammin - Dec 23, 2005 6:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: very cool

When the Diamond Couloir was first climbed there was a distinctive long tongue of vertical ice that connected the base of the couloir to the lower-angled upper sections. This vertical section of ice has apparently not formed again, and the steep rock is now climbed by means of some modern mixed trickery.

There general trend is still warming and melting of the glaciers, but - as can be seen from the photos - substantial ice does still form after a sufficiently wet winter season.




IdahoSummits - Dec 22, 2005 2:48 pm - Voted 10/10


Wow! Great couloir photo. Not too dark and very crisp!


Sajama - Feb 27, 2006 11:08 am - Voted 10/10


What gloomy, I´m fair. Excelent photo.

scotjack - Sep 19, 2009 7:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Great shot.

Great shot, but not the head-wall I think. The head-wall is in the far distance, a couple of hundred feet of sustained, very exposed climbing further on.
It's where the Ice Window Route (which no longer exists in its original form) joins it just below what used to be The Diamond Glacier - now just a few patches of ice.
The Diamond Couloir is now much harder than when Snyder and Mathenge put it up in '73.


SKI - Nov 10, 2010 8:21 am - Voted 10/10


I cannot believe that this is THE Diamond Couloir! Congratulations. Wow.

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