The Scythe

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Aesthetic chute skiing right from the top of Wolverine Peak.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
258 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
180 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
50˚
The Scythe Map

This the main chute off the top of Wolverine Peak. It's easy to pick out when surveying the cirque from Patsy Marley, but not so obvious how to enter once you're on Wolverine. The entrance is technical and variable based on windloading, and sometimes warrants a rappel or belay. Once in the chute, expect more variability due to the changing aspect and loading from feeder chutes above.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, December

Features

  • Couloir
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins

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