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 Peak:  Mt. Aetna (13er)
 Route:  Grand Couloir
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  BobbyFinn
 Date of Information:  05/12/2013
 Date Posted:  05/13/2013
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From ~11.2k to ~11.9k we had intermittent postholing on ~2 to ~5 inch crust over wet, faceted snow. We bailed out of the couloir to the ridge on climber‘s right at 11.9k. This sucked. Don‘t do it. It would be better to take the climber‘s left ridge.

There was a weak freeze the night before our hike. It got very warm on 5/12, but the couloir needs more time and more hard freezing.

There was evidence of multiple wet slides in the couloir coming from the ridge on climbers left. They were sliding on a dust layer.

We did not need snowshoes for the approach road.


Pic 1 - Aetna Grand Couloir from Monarch Pass on 5/11/13
Pic 2 - Grand Couloir from about 10.9k ish.



Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2


  • Comments or Questions (2)
WSN

TH status?     2013-05-14 00:24:50
What is the situation about the TH? How far is it from where you park to the base of couloir?


BobbyFinn


TH     2013-05-14 09:53:20
We were able to drive ~.4 miles up the road. There is room for 3 cars to park on the left side of the road there. This is a little short of the turn off to get to the cemetery. You'll be able to drive to the cemetery turn off soon. From where we parked, it was about 2 miles to the base. The road is definitely 4WD.



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