Ruby, Benthos Loop

Ruby Peak East Face route

Ruby Peak East Face route

 

There’s a couloir south of Ruby Peak on the Benthos Buttress that I’ve been eyeing for awhile. I’ve also been scoping out the east face of Ruby Peak. Today was the day to combine the two.  A cliff belt runs through the lower third of Ruby’s east face. I’ve glassed the face many times and convinced myself of a route through. I brought a rope just in case but luckily didn’t it.

Twin Peaks with Sawtooth on the left

Twin Peaks with Sawtooth on the left from Benthos summit

 

There was great corn to be found on the east face. After the warm-up it was time for the main event.

Benthos Buttress Little Couloir from Ruby's summit

Benthos Buttress Little Couloir from Ruby’s summit

I’m sure these couloirs have names, in the meantime I’ve been calling them the Big and Little couloirs. The Little is a classic. The kind of line I dream about.

South side of Ruby from Benthos

South side of Ruby from Benthos

 

 

Looking down the Little. Sustained 50 degrees with powder snow. Can't ask for much else

Looking down the Little. Sustained 50 degrees with powder snow. Can’t ask for much else

Looking back at the Little

Looking back at the Little

Finished the day with a run on Ruby’s North face. Another great day and great lines.

Turns down Ruby's North face

Turns down Ruby’s North face

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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