Steep but the most accessible of the lines along Chainsaw Ridge

Statistics

Analysing terrain data

Exposure

Exposure

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.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

Bushrat is a steep and fun line along Chainsaw Ridge and is usually the first one people dare to try.

The whole ridge builds a cornice but Bushrat normally has enough traffic to make the entrance constantly visible.

The entrance is a small gap that drops onto a spine.

Once you've dropped in, make sure you stop, as it will either land you on top of Bushrat Shoulder or a cliff band, and you don't want to find out the wrong way! Bushrat is a diagonally left, fairly wide chute that leads down to Couloir Extreme.

The snow usually stays pretty good even several days after a snowfall.

Be careful of traverse lines and avalanche/cornice debris in the bowl, especially as it flattens out.

Cutting left with the traverse lines under Bushrat and Bushwhip gives you access to Faller's Pillow.