Ascent to Mount Harrison-North West Couloir on 2014-06-22

Climber: Mike Pfister

Date:Sunday, June 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Mount Harrison - North West Couloir
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:10200 ft / 3108 m
    Remaining Elevation:824 ft / 252 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Original plans were to summit via the south west face, our party decided to approach the west ridge route via a gulley from the scree slope. This resulted in 5th class climbing on loose and icy rock which made for a difficult ascent. One of our party was hit with a falling rock which severely damaged his helmet. The rest of the ascent to the ridge was a steep snow climb. Once the col was reached our party was stopped on the ridge due to ice and snow on difficult 5th class climbing areas. The decent was a very steep down climb on snow averaging 50 degrees down the west couloir.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Alpine 2 YDS 5.2
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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