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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Mount Gilbert, Northeast Couloir

Mount Gilbert, Northeast Couloir. On September 3, Al Fowler, Ron Cale and I climbed the prominent ice chute on the northeast face of Mount Gilbert. The roped portion began at the first obvious crevasse (a very low snow year) and continued for six 150-foot pitches. A phlegmatic mid-morning start exposed us to increased rockfall. The angle of the ice varies from 50° to 65° near the top. From the notch atop the couloir we headed down 40 feet, the left and upward. An optional 40-foot dihedral led to the summit plateau. NCCS III, F6.

Daniel K. Eaton