Trip Report: Sierra Nevada, Bloody Couloir

Trip Report: Sierra Nevada, Bloody Couloir
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The iconic Bloody Couloir is one of the most prominent and descent-begging lines visible from Hwy 395.We rolled down 395 Sunday afternoon; Monday was supposed to be the first warm day after an anomalously cold June weekend with temperatures well below freezing. The week before saw a record-setting heatwave, so I figured that the refreeze over the weekend would be primo once the sun heated the snow back up by noon on Monday. I was stoked when I saw the line (couloir in the middle with two large stones) on the horizon.

4×4 capability is crucial!Sherwin Creek Road is the 4WD road that leads up the canyon to Bloody Mountain. Skiing this line in the summer is sweet because if your vehicle can hang and the snow is clear, you can drive almost all the way to the bottom of the line. Last year I tried to come up here in a Subaru and had to bail. GMC truck=Upgrade! The road was clear almost all the way. A narrow walking path had been hacked out by other adventurers. The line is con.... Continue Reading at Snowbrains

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