Mt. Tallac Cross Couloir - Tahoe's best snow climb. It's the best time of year to climb this iconic route straight up the center of this iconic mountain. Maximum 12 climbers.
How RSVPs work: Prospective members who have joined on Meetup but not yet paid for any membership may attend one event for free. Beyond this, you must be a current official SMG "MEMBER" to attend. All events open for RSVPs at 8:00pm on the Wednesday approximately three weeks prior. RSVPs are first-come first-served and are subject to event organizer review and final approval. All attendees must meet the pre-requisites. Prospective members will still need to sign the SMG Waiver / Assumption of Risk and provide emergency contact information to attend. Please provide the required information when you RSVP. Because this event occurs on public lands it is open to the public.
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Dates: Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Location: Mt. Tallac, Tahoe National Forest
Route: Cross Couloir
Appropriate For: all levels of climbers in good shape
SMG MEMBERS ONLY Resources:
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
- Familiarity with climbing snow on a team using a running belay
- Show up with the appropriate clothing, gear, and equipment (or if you are an official member, reserve loaner gear from the club).
- Attend as a prospective member or begin SMG membership, see links above.
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 7:00 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 at the foot of the Black Buttress.
We'll rope up in small teams and climb the couloir with crampons and axes, using a running belay with intermediate snow pickets and rock pro as protection, topping out just south of the summit. We'll descend the SE slopes.
This is a great route for climbers who would also like to ski / snowboard back down.
REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR
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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
- Water bottles or containers. Water bladders not recommended in freezing weather.
- Compass, GPS also recommended if available
- Personal items, medications
- Emergency items - keep it small.
- Lightweight mountaineering harness
- Hard shell mountaineering helmet
- Mountain axe
- Optional second tool
- Crampons, fit to your boots
- 2 large locking and one non-locking carabiner
- One 48” loop sewn runner or webbing tied with a water knot
- Skis or snowshoes
Group items provided by SMG
- Technical climbing gear: multiple lightweight ropes, protection for rock and snow, slings, locking carabiners
- First Aid kit
- Snow shovel
For questions or more information, please contact: Darren Shutt, SMG Organizer, [masked] or (916)[masked]