Climbed with my buddy Patrick from AZ. His first couloir. Ice was excellent. It looked like it was all neve from up to the bergshrund. But, could not have been more wrong. Patrick is now hooked on couloirs... Climbed it in 3.5 pitches. Simuled past the berg.
Excellent ice on July 27, 2008 when most other ice is out of condition.
2nd time and had ice. 1st time neve.
Wife and I Simul-climbed the couloir after pulling nice WI3 Berg. Straight forward approach and descent. 9 hrs door to door from Saddlebag Lake parking lot (including lunch at the top of the col).
Fish tacos at the Mobile Mart in Lee Vining topped off a most excellent day.
climbed with my friend Anja; after one pitch of nice neve the rest was great water ice; I lead and averaged about 1 screw/pitch. some expert passed us soloing the left side of the coulior. visibility when we entered the coulior at bottom was 15 ft but it cleared up half way through. want to get the middle coulior next time