This was the end of the real climbing on Stockaid, and the view is from the top of the second of two major rock islands in the couloir. Initially, I planned to get over to the rocks in order to avoid the headwall, but I discovered that doing so would require a nearly vertical glissade of about 20', with a loss of control leading to a loss of 1000' the fast, unpleasant way. Instead, I climbed up the headwall, which also was pretty much completely vertical, at the right end of the section pictured. There, the headwall was about 7 or 8 feet high and not overhanging at all.

Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming-- July 2008


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jul 30, 2008 10:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Geez Bob....

Sharp pointy boots, no. Dull wits and mulish stubbornness, yes. The snow was so soft in the Gallatins that I skipped the crampons here. Looking at the steepness of the route beforehand, I knew better, but on I went.

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