Elkhorn Mountain, South Couloir

This is the Wallowa Mountain’s Elkhorn Mountain(9,233′), not Elkhorn Peak(8,931′) located in the Elkhorn Mountains. Unique name, Elkhorn is.

I’ve attempted this line at least twice (maybe thrice?) and every time conditions haven’t quite aligned. Last time Tysen and I tried the whole chute was filled with debris. I’ve been dreaming about this one a lot. 2,000 vertical feet, sustained pitch, ski right off the summit, it’s got it all.

Elkhorn Mountains south couloir

Elkhorn Mountains south couloir

 

Looking into upper Copper Creek. Really neat area

Looking into upper Copper Creek. Really neat area

Elkhorn summit looking east at Hurricane Divide's west side

Elkhorn summit looking east at Hurricane Divide’s west side. I didn’t linger on the summit for long. Winds were gusting up to 40 mph and it was COLD!

Upper Copper Creek

Upper Copper Creek

Dropping in

Dropping in

Entire line

Entire line

Great line with great snow. Really happy to finally get up there

Great line with great snow. Really happy to finally get up there

 

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