American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

United States, California—Sierra Nevada, North Palisade, Putterman Couloir

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  • Publication Year: 1990

North Palisade, Putterman Couloir. On July 2, Cameron Bums and I ascended what we believe to be a previously unclimbed couloir on the west side of North Palisade. On this face are three distinctive white cliffs. The original west-side route, first climbed by LeConte in 1903, takes the gully between the two southernmost cliffs. Our route ascended between the two northern cliffs on the left. Loose third-or fourth-class climbing led to a steeper section up loose blocks and an orange headwall on the left, which was the crux. From there we traversed left, coming out on top of the northernmost cliff. This loose, dangerous route has nothing to recommend it. It is named for the Colorado mountaineer, Ethan Putterman. (II, 5.5.)

Steve Porcella, Unaffiliated

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