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Spindle Peak via Spindle Couloir, in winter
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.13 - 08:22:10
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Serguei Okountsev, Weiwei Yin Steep snow
Superb winter alpine line. 600 meters up, steepens just below the exit with a moat to overcome.
Spindle Peak had been on my watch for quite a long time (years). It popped at the top of our list after two of us climbed Forks Peak in January 2017, making Spindle the last remaining peak in the Hanes Valley that we hadn't climbed yet. We also thought it would be a good training for our upcoming Alaska expedition.

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Spindle Peak is not very high, so to climb it in winter, like any other local routes (North Ramp of Harvey, Crown Couloir, Brunswick North Face), requires patience waiting for the right cool avalanche-safe conditions, which can last only a few days in a year.

We chose Spindle Couloir as our route. In its entire length this couloir can't be seen from the ground, the only way to see it is from the air (or climb it). [photo]40257498502_c9667a2e30_b1.jpg[caption]Spindle Couloir[/photo]

Our original plan was to start climbing early in the morning, camping previous night at the Little Goat, like when we climbed Forks last time. However, once the right conditions arrived (avy danger was predicted moderate in alpine and it was going be cool and sunny) - we had only one day of good weather with the snow on the forecast next day. So not to miss this chance (and probably wait yet another year), we decided for one-day car-to-car climb.

We left chalet after taking one of the first Skyrides and followed summer tourist path bypassing Dam via Alpine trail. Then dropped to Hanes Valley, passing the base of the Crown Couloir that was too familiar to us - having climbed it twice already. Typical for Hanes Valley, huge ugly blocks of avy debris with deep bulldozed smooth-ice chutes demanded attention - it is difficult not to think how it would feel being there at the wrong...

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