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Mar
27
2006
Indianhouse Peak
Posted in Chugach Range & Mountaineering Tags: turnagainarm  

On March 27th Yvonne and I climbed the E. face / East couloir of Indianhouse Peak.  The route was very straightforward and fun.  It began with a nice hike that was free of snow up through the brush on faint game trails until we reached a bump on the south ridge at around 3000'.  We then traversed the entire East face until we reached the prominent couloir you can see from the highway. 

Traversing the snow slopes was slow going due to deep rotten snow.  We had hoped to be across them before it was too hot but the rotten snow slowed our progress and we ended up traversing them at 11am - which is about the worst time to be on an east facing slope in March.

After we reached the couloir, the snow was much more compact and we made quick progress upwards.  About 100' from the top of the couloir, the couloir splits.  We took the right branch and followed steep (up to 45 degrees) snow up to the summit ridge.  After that it was a simple walk (in deep snow) to the summit.

To descend we opted to take the couloir all the way to the base.  It is key to aim for the large spruce left of the couloir as you near the base.  We ended up going too far down the couloir and ran into open water.  We had to backtrack through deep snow and alders to reach the spruce.  From there it was a simple walk down through the woods until we reached an old road which dumped us out right next to Indian Valley meats.

The route took us just under 10 hours to complete.  It was an excellent route and made for a fun spring climb!



Gallery
  •  Turnagain Arm
  •  Turnagain Arm
  •  Turnagain Arm
  •  Loading the Backpacks
  •  Hiking Up
  •  Hiking Up
  •  Hiking Up
  •  Hiking Up
  •  The E. Face of Indianhouse
  •  Turnagain Arm
  •  Traversing over to the Couloir
  •  Turnagain Arm
  •  Traversing over to the Couloir
  •  Traversing over to the Couloir
  •  Yvonne at the base of the Couloir
  •  Heading up the Couloir
  •  Heading up the Couloir
  •  Looking down the E. Face
  •  Yvonne Headed up the Couloir
  •  Yvonne Headed up the Couloir
  •  Nearing the top of the Couloir
  •  Nearing the top of the Couloir
  •  Nearing the top of the Couloir
  •  Summit Ridge
  •  Summit ridge of Indianhouse.
  •  Final steps to the top of Indianhouse.
  •  Summit of Indianhouse
  •  Summit Portrait
  •  Descending
  •  Descending
  •  Watch your Step!
  •  Watch your Step!
  •  Avalanche Debris
  •  Avalanche Debris
  •  All Smiles!
  •  Indianhouse Bushwhack
  •  Back at the Car
  •  E. Face of Indianhouse

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