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Mt. Tallac East Chutes - Member Organized

Mt. Tallac East Chutes - A scenic non-technical snow route. It's the best time of year to climb Tallac and this route is a nice cruise. It will share the same start, approach and finish as the Cross Couloir team. Both teams will descend this route. Maximum 8 climbers, RSVPs open Monday March 18th at 9pm.



Dates: Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Location: Mt. Tallac, Tahoe National Forest

Route: East slopes / chutes between the Cross Couloir and the SE Ridge. This route skirts the south side of the Black Buttress.

Appropriate For: all levels of climbers in good shape


Fitness and Difficulty Level: Moderate

Max Elevation: 9,735 ft

Starting Elevation: 6,522 ft

Weather: NOAA Forecast

Pre-Requisites: Participants must meet all the following:

  • A level of fitness equal to the challenge of climbing and descending over 3,000 feet in snow with a 30-pound pack
  • Show up with the appropriate clothing, gear, and equipment (or if you are an official member, reserve loaner gear from the club).



Saturday, April 6th: Please notice a 5:00 am meetup time - it's very important to get an early start on this route since it gets all day sun and will soften with every passing hour - the sooner we get our crampons on the snow, the better.

Meet at the posted location off Hwy 50 in Folsom. After arranging carpooling we'll drive east up 50 to 89 to South Lake Tahoe and then to Spring Creek Road. You can also meet us here at 8:00 am if you'd like - please indicate when you RSVP.

We'll walk the first paved mile through the neighborhood (unless the gate is open) and ascend the first 2,000 feet on snowshoes or skis through the trees, up the gap to the hidden plateau at 7,008' and then up to the start of the route a few hundred vertical feet before the toe of the Black Buttress. The Cross Couloir team will go right and we will go left.

We'll climb the chutes with crampons and axes, picking a nice line with a good runout we can all climb unroped. We'll skirt the south side of the Black Buttress and circle around to the upper plateau, topping out south of the summit. We'll probably arrive earlier than the Cross Couloir team and then together hit the top. Both groups will descend the east chute and slopes.

This is a great route for climbers who would also like to ski / snowboard back down.



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  • Wicking, breathable baselayers, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer, top and bottom
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating fill jacket
  • Socks, liners
  • Mountaineering boots, or crampon compatible ski / snowboard boots
  • Lightweight liner gloves
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Glacier sunglasses
  • Warm hat - the touque!
  • Sun hat


  • 30 - 50 liter pack. Leave some room for carrying group gear.
  • Trekking poles with snow baskets
  • Food
  • Water bottles or containers. Water bladders not recommended in freezing weather.
  • Headlamp
  • Compass, GPS also recommended if available
  • Map
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Personal items, medications
  • Emergency items - keep it small.


  • Hard shell mountaineering helmet
  • Mountain axe
  • Crampons, fit to your boots
  • Skis or snowshoes


For questions or more information, please contact the organizers via the email link on their profile, or Darren Shutt, SMG Organizer, [masked] or (916)[masked]

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  • Lawrence

    Awesome trip! Thanks everyone, for making it a great day. Definitely a personally rewarding experience to get on that mountain!

    April 8, 2013

  • Cathy

    Good trip. I had a great time with a good group of people.

    April 8, 2013

  • Tara

    Great trip - hugely appreciated folks stepping up to get a second group out on the mountain. I had a really great time!

    April 8, 2013

  • Marek B.

    What a good day, I had no idea Tallac can be so exciting!

    April 7, 2013

  • SUKI

    have fun will see you next meet up..

    April 5, 2013

  • Dan B

    Hey y'all, I'm driving up from El Cerrito tomorrow if any of you Bay Area-ites want a ride up. Lemme know. See ya soon.

    April 5, 2013

  • Cathy

    Hi everyone - disregard one of the previous emails. I will meet everyone at the meetup spot in Folsom at 5 am. See you all then. I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a great day.

    April 4, 2013

  • heidi

    Looks like I need to get a repair done on my car on Saturday- so I will have to miss this one.

    April 4, 2013

  • Brad

    I'm with the Cross Couloir group and car-less this weekend. Can anyone swing by my midtown Sac house on the way to the meetup spot? I'm just 4 blocks from 80 -- 10th & S -- a detour that's less than a minute total. I'll throw in extra carpool cash, too!

    April 4, 2013

  • Cathy

    Hi east chutes group - all loaner crampons are spoken for. Lawrence and Sarah you are covered for this group. Brian and Leonardo are covered for the cross couloir group.

    April 4, 2013

  • SUKI

    Hi there , Can i add one more guest. please back to me soon

    April 3, 2013

    • David

      Your guest can join the waiting list. If a spot opens, right now there is two waiting, your guest can come as a prospective member.

      April 3, 2013

  • SUKI

    Have Question, is this going to be like the Eagles lake, went up just use helmet but have snow shoe and poles but did not use it ,

    April 2, 2013

  • Robert R.

    Switching my RSVP to the Cross Couloir See you all at the trailhead Sat AM

    April 2, 2013

  • Cathy

    I will not be skiing down. This is a good descent route.

    March 17, 2013

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