|Peak:||Horseshoe Mountain (13er)|
|Date of Information:||06/04/2011|
We hit the base of the couloir shortly before 6 a.m. and topped out at 7:20. During that period, the snow was completely frozen. We didn't punch through once. There were kicked steps starting about 2/3 of the way up, which we gladly used.
There is a huge cornice on top of Horseshoe. If it were to fall, the debris may reach the bottom section of the couloir. But after you're about halfway up the climb angles left and you're out of danger.
Lengthy glissade down the standard route from the Horseshoe-Peerless saddle. Great conditions for it at 1 p.m (we added Finnback Knob, Peerless and Sheridan). After that, the posthole nightmare begins, even in snowshoes. I'd suggest saving weight and going without the damn things.
On the way out, at about 1:30, we did look back and notice some recent wet slide activity on the east face. A portion of the cornice appeared to have fallen. There was also evidence of rock fall (including one giant path straight through the center of Boudoir). Start early!
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