Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
A short steep open face, Rinky Dink is a difficult black diamond due to challenging access.
Traverse upper Grubstake and snake through the trees to the opening on the ridge below Hormone Alley.
This saddle marks the beginning of Rinky Dink.
Some incorrectly dub this entire ridge Rinky Dink, which is actually named Kookie Ridge.
Just 300 feet of vertical, at first glance Rinky Dink might hardly seem worth the effort.
Thanks to prevailing winds, however, the snow is often deeper here than elsewhere.
This slope has become increasingly popular.