Mount Gould's NE face

Mount Gould's NE face, taken from the saddle leading to the final ridge up neighboring Mount Grinnell (behind the photographer, and to the north). The large ice sheet at the bottom is Grinnell Glacier, with the smaller and higher one being known, simply, as The Salamander. A third, albeit very small, remnant is known as Gem Glacier, and is the diminutive, rounded, ice field perched high on the saddle leading to the Mount Gould. In the early part of the Twentieth Century this area was one massive ice sheet, but has since split into the two (...or three: I'm not sure whether or not Gem Glacier was part of the larger ice sheet) we have today. What you are looking at is not the famous and oft-photographed Mount Gould East Face, but the lake is 3150' below the summit—this face is impressive enough as is! Photo by Vernon, July 20, 2005.


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bbbeans - Jun 17, 2007 1:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Many Glaciers indeed

Informative caption, I didn't know they used to be one big ice sheet.


FlatheadNative - Sep 19, 2010 12:05 pm - Voted 10/10

It is a gem..

of a photo. But please do not neglect little Gem Glacier higher up on the Garden Wall!


Saintgrizzly - Sep 20, 2010 5:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: It a gem..

Done, and done.


samh - Sep 23, 2010 6:37 pm - Voted 10/10


How does the vert of the NE face compare to other big walls in Glacier (particularly Siyeh's face out of Cracker Lake)?


Saintgrizzly - Sep 28, 2010 12:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Vert

The Gould NE face is about a thousand feet less than the Gould East face, and the Siyeh face (Siyeh is 10,014', Cracker Lake 5910'), both of which are well over 4,000'. Another impressive face is the East face of Mount Merritt, which although not quite as "vertical" in rise—although it's close enough!—as the others, is over 5,000'. Also, one can never forget the 6,000' North face of Mount Cleveland, considered the greatest face in the Lower 48, and (I read this somewhere, but cannot remember the source) the 6th highest face on the N. American Continent. GNP has MANY impressive vertical, or almost vertical, faces—thank you glacial carving!


samh - Oct 4, 2010 10:28 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Vert

Thanks for the stats, Saintgrizzly. I need to take a closer look at the Cleveland face you speak of as that is very impressive.

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