Well now that the February issue of Backcountry Magazine, with that Hidden Couloir piece, is on the shelves, I figure I will add some fuel to the stoke. Skiing the Hidden Couloir in 2005 was a great achievement for Reeders and I, and it felt great to bag the steep, technical descent. Here is a photo TR of the trip.
Reed pulls the torpedo towards Leigh Canyon and Thor Peak.
Randosteve boots up one of the south couloirs of Thor Peak.
Randosteve chops into the Hidden Couloir.
The Hidden Couloir on Thor Peak.
Randosteve preps for the descent.
Reed Finlay commits to Hidden Couloir.
Randosteve skis the Hidden Couloir.
Reed Finlay below Hidden Couloir.
Randosteve climbs down to the rappels in tough snow.
Reed does the last of three rappels…
…just before sunset.
Nice TR to wake up to. Cool line.
Wow, looks like a sick line.
Also, awesome sunset photo!
Yes…the Hidden Couloir is rad!
locked toe binding….
take it or leave it…
Awesome! And Steve- what’s the snakelike line in the background on your sunset photo?
The ‘bro’ name escapes me right now, but it starts from the col just west of Peak 10,919…which sits to the east of Mt Woodring.
I remember skiing it with Reed in the early days…maybe 1998? It is a fun line and a great introduction to Leigh Canyon.
what is the approach through the rappel section like? does it require technical climbing?
We downclimbed through breakable crust and then built bollards to rap…not too hairy. It probably could have be downclimbed by a competent ice climber without raps. The trick is to get it like Tom and Hans…skiable the whole way through!
Heh, I was trying to figure out what I took a photo of, and that’s exactly what I thought it was. So many lines, so little time…