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Shuksan - Southwest Gully # 8385

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Date: 2006.05.14
Vantage Point: From a few meters southwest of the summit

Caption: Climbers ascending the southwest gully

PhotoDescr: The gully, which leads to the top of the Shuksan summit pinnacle, makes a good practice snow/ ice climb. It is about 45 degrees, slightly steeper at the top. There is about 100-150 m of actual climbing, but only really one harder move at the top. In soft snow conditions a mountaineering axe would be sufficient. In the snow/ice conditions that we experienced crampons were advisable. Tools would have made it easy.

In better snow conditions a ski descent from the very top would be achievable from some, from just below the top for quite a few.

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