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Star Peak NE Face
Star Peak N Couloirs
Star Peak, Appx. East Ridge couloir (Star Peak from Friends Hut via East Ridge Climb rating: Harder skins, Advanced snow Ski rating: Advanced, S3 (optional S5-) Recommended seasons: Spring snow Starting elevation: 11,400 feet Summit elevation: 13,521 feet Elevation gain: 2,121 feet Round trip distance: 3 miles Day trip? Yes from hut Map: Friends Hut North This is not a summit ski descent, but rather a fine semi-technical route first done as a snowclimb by Otto Schniebs in 1938 (see chapter introduction). Use the same approach to Star?s south face as 10.2.9 above. At 12,500 feet in the bowl below the south face, notice the series of couloirs starting with Star?s south face June Couloir and continuing to the right with at least 5 major couloirs and several minor ones. To the far right, just before Star?s southeast ridge drops abruptly to a notch, a couloir leads to the ridge crest. Climb the couloir then follow the ridge to the summit. You can use any of the other continuous couloirs as well. The reason for doing the farthest east is it allows you more distance and time on the southeast ridge, since this is a climber?s route rather than a ski route. Descend your ascent route. Note that below the section of ridge you?ll be using, a large notch on Star?s southeast ridge is blocked by a rock step that may require ropework to climb or descend.)
Star Peak N Couloir
Brush Creek Approach (9hr ascent)
Star ridge N couloir
Star Peak June Couloir (Star Peak from Friends Hut via June Couloir Climb rating: Harder skins, Advanced snow Ski rating: Advanced, S4+ Recommended seasons: Early spring snow season Starting elevation: 11,400 feet Summit elevation: 13,521 feet Elevation gain: 2,121 feet Round trip distance: 3 miles Day trip? Yes from hut This is the classic extreme ski descent available from Friends Hut. It includes an enjoyable snow climb and summit. Examine your map at Friends Hut. Look out the back window of the hut to identify Star Peak. June Couloir appears to lead to the left side of the summit (see photo). From the hut, ski about a mile NE up the drainage leading to Star Peak. This will put you at about 12,400 feet elevation in the basin underneath Star?s south face. Put on your crampons and ascend the obvious June Couloir gully system to the summit. Descend your ascent route. Because this is southerly-facing, late April and early May are good times for an avalanche-safe trip on compacted spring snow. When you?re below Star?s south face, you?ll notice an unusual series of couloirs, one after the other, that cut Star?s southeast ridge above you. These all are good descents for those desiring steep skiing (provided avalanche danger is minimal), though none are skiable from the summit.)
Star Peak Dr Evil Couloir
Pearl Mountain N Face (Max 35)
Pearl Mountain Traverse
Star Peak June Couloir Ascent (2 hr est (Munter Rate 4))
Crystal Peak, N Couloirs
Star Peak SW Couloir
Crystal Pass (1:10 set time (Munter Rate 4))
Carbonate Hill, E Face
D2. Markley to Taggart. (10mi 4063ft )
D3. To Friends (4.1mi | 1521 ft )
D1. To Markley (2.3mi | 1184ft)
D1 fun ski (Fun trees)
Crystal Pass
DR Evil
Star Peak NW Face
Lindley Hut
Pim Point
Pearl Mountain N Face
BC_01
BC_02
BC_03 (Cross to N/W Side of Creek)
BC_04 (Cross to E side of Creek.)
BC_05
BC_06 (L at junction)
BC_07 (Cross intermittent stream)
BC_08 (Friends Hut)