But unless you've skinned past the lake between laps, you might not know about the last Tryst Lake Chute, the Fist Couloir!
|Short and Sweet|
The simplest way to tag the couloir is to simply center punch straight up, maybe until you reach the base of the cliff, or perhaps the snow coverage is deep enough that you can make it to the col. But in the spirit of #lineoftheweek and not #lineoftheweak , Here is different option:
Include the line as the 2nd descent of the "Spray Range Traverse" described in Summits and Icefields. After descending down into Commonwealth Creek, look for an avalanche path heading up to climber's right of the Fist (the Hillmap link below might come in handy, though keep in mind, I draw these years later while sitting at a desk). The snow in the avalanche path can be a spooky combination of sun crust, windslab and facets and creative routefinding might be required to top out. I believe we kicked steps up thin snow on top of scree.
|Booting up after transitioning from skinning|
|Ascending rock and scree on the climber's right side|
Access into the couloir might require a downclimb, rappel, or belay depending on coverage. So keep that in mind. Enjoy the descent of the couloir, making sure to take the time to brag about it to any skiers taking a break at the lake between runs. Make sure to leave your harness on for this section.
|After sending a cornice down the line|
|Getting belayed into the line, while setting the bootpack for the follower to downclimb|
|Straight out of Chamonix, ready to ski!|
|Skiing the couloir!|
Finish off the Spray Range Traverse with a neat descent into the Grizzly bowl, taking the time to admire the creativity of the Tent Ridge skiers.
Total Elevation: 1275m
Line Length: 100m
Top Elevation: 2525m