Sacajawea East Face

North Bridgers

A steep, exposed and rarely skied face

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
573 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
419 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
47˚
Sacajawea East Face Map

When the conditions allow, the Center Punch of Sacajawea's East face is one to be proud of. The cliff bands halfway down the line rarely fill in sufficiently to not have to billy goat through them. Late season, or after some favorable winds are the best time to go for this line. The top of the line is a hanging bowl above small cliffs, so be sure about your snowpack assessment. There are two main ways through the cliff bands, skier's left and skier's right. The left weakness is just a little right of fall line directly from the summit, you can see it pretty well from your drop in spot. The skier's right way is just left of the Corner Pocket, at the bottom of a subtle shoulder. Both crux's usually will fill in to be about 5 feet wide. After getting through the pinch and past the cliffs, you will have wide open turns down Plane Crash Bowl.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons