Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) 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.
This is a relatively short skin up if you start from the top of Quicksilver Chair.
Head up towards the runout of Silver Basin.
Alternately you can start from Silver Basin by contouring around the east end of the drainage below Gunbarrel and Dogleg.
As the cat track heads into the trees above Quicksilver Chair, stay to the climbers left.
You will dip down and cross a creek bed.
Stay left again past this dip.
You will still be on an old logging road.
At the top of the next rise, stay right through a well-spaced glade.
Head NE towards the lowest point on the east ridge, known as Bear Gap.
Watch for steep slopes above you that could slide.
Work the lower angle slopes through the trees to this gap.
Once at the pass, either skin or boot up the ridge to the summit of Pickhandle Point.