Flying Dutchman and Lambs Slide

The Flying Dutchman (left) and Lambs Slide (right) seen from the summit of Mount Lady Washington. The two snow and ice routes start from Chasm Lake and reach the Loft; they are separated by Glacier Rib. The thin vertical line of ice that departs from Lambs Slide at about half height in the picture is Alexander's Chimney. Ships Prow extends to the left of the Flying Dutchman. Rocky Mountain National Park. February 2005.


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desainme - Feb 27, 2005 7:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Do Extreme Boarders/Skiers

descend this?


brenta - Feb 27, 2005 9:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Do Extreme Boarders/Skiers

In his guidebook, Gillett says that the descent of Lambs Slide on skis is frequently attempted. In fact, the chute was descended before it was ascended. The name Lambs Slide commemorates Elkanah J. Lamb's 1871 adventure.

I haven't found reports of ski or snowboard descents of the Flying Dutchman. It looks doable, except possibly for the crux, which is the bottleneck up in the couloir, shortly before it meets Lambs Slide. In ideal conditions, the crux is a 55° stretch of ice. However, it often requires mixed climbing as shown in this picture of John Prater on Mountain Project. Note that that picture was taken on June 1st.


CharlesD - Oct 12, 2008 12:12 pm - Voted 10/10


Interesting, I hadn't realized how close to the top of Lambs Broadway departed.


brenta - Oct 13, 2008 2:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Broadway

I'd say that it's about two thirds up. Lambs Slide goes from 12,400 to 13,400 feet, and Broadway is around 13,000.

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