American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Mount Prater, Hidden Couloir

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  • Publication Year: 1982

Mount Prater, Hidden Couloir. In late September 1980, Del Johns and I approached the unclimbed east face of Mount Prater (13,329 feet) by way of Tinemaha Creek. At first it appeared the route would be all rock; however, part way up the face a deep north-facing, ice- filled couloir appeared. The rock of the east face above quickly was forgotten, and about 800 feet of typical 45° Palisade ice climbing led to the summit ridge, south of the peak. We descended by an easy gully north of the summit. F4 to F5.

Wayne N. Sawka, U.S.G.S.

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