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Crown Couloir in winter
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.29 - 20:23:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)
Participants: BCMC parties, private teams over number of winter seasons F-, ice/snow, 465 m
Excellent winter scrambling route next to the city.
After having lead this route number of times, all in winter, I feel it deserves to be mentioned. [photo]IMG_7132.jpg[caption]Photo taken from the summit of Goat in spring 2014[/photo]

The route is a 465 vertical meters snow/ice climb. It can be classified as a winter scrambling; it can be walked unprotected (not without a little adrenalin) with one regular ice axe, a slip however can take you for some ride when it is icy. In International French Adjectival System (IFAS) I would give it an F-, F being defined as "straightforward, possibly a glacial approach, snow and ice will often be at an easy angle". [photo]e_138.jpg[caption]2014.03.01 trip. Yellow line: approach and climb. Green line - return.[/photo]

However, due to its low elevation, Eastern aspect and steep surrounding walls of the Crown system, it is very picky on climbable conditions, and therefore is special on its own. The Coulouir itself serves as a major snow discharge chute which in winter periodically transports impressive masses of snow down to Hanes Valley 1 km away. [photo]DSC_5440.jpg[caption]2014.03.21[/photo]

  To get to the base (N49.40983 W123.08413 @ 985m) start from Grouse Skyride, pass Dam and then drop to Hanes Valley at the Fork (N49.40465 W123.08530 @ 1,085m). [photo]IMG_5326.jpg[caption]Dec 29, 2012 was a deep-snow snowshoe trip.[/photo]

From there the route is obvious, just follow the path of least resistance. [photo]IMG_7689.jpg[caption]2014.03.01[/photo]
  The route tends to follow climber's right side of the couloir. [photo]IMG_5350.jpg[caption]Dec 29, 2012[/photo]
  After gaining the exit (N49.40903 W123.09199 at 1,450 m) at the south ridge of Crown, the summit Crown is a short scramble. [photo]IMG_1309.jpg[caption]Dec 14,...

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