The Pencil

North Bridgers

A 15 Feet-Wide, Steep Couloir

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
366 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
216 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
36˚
The Pencil  Map

The Pencil in Sacajawea (Summer) Bowl is a good bet for steep, tight, North facing turns. It doesn't often connect to the ridge, but does normally have 6-800 feet of good skiing. The upper half is about 40 degrees, with it flattening out as you get down the lower section. It stays consistently 15 feet wide depending on winds. It is usually best to boot directly up this line.

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, October, November, December

Features

  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons