Seriously steep, rugged terrain out here with changeable conditions

Statistics

57

m

220

m

39

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Severe

Description

The lines off the north face of The Sentinel are seriously steep, and you really need to be on top of your game and the conditions if you are thinking of undertaking these challenging lines.

Due to the aspect of the slopes, the snow takes an absolute beating from the sun all day in the later season, hence conditions to ski this area is usually in deep winter as the base is eaten away quickly and becomes a slurry when temperatures warm.

From the peak of The Sentinel, the main gully forms the most obvious line which plunges down into towards Strzelecki Creek, whilst just to the east provides a slightly mellower run down, that being said, when conditions are good take your pick as there is some seriously good terrain around this area.

In good conditions you can drop all the way down to the rugged area of Strzelecki Creek, but do take care down there, it can be pretty dicey with the terrain.

As this face cops a lot of sun, really assess snow conditions as both dry and wet slides have been known to occur, take your time, and know when to choose the other side of the mountain.

The best return out of the chutes is to follow Strzelecki Creek which is the only creek at the base of the valley, back up towards the saddle between Tenison Creek Knoll and Mt Twynam, alternatively follow the creek, then it is possible to skin up The Avalanche Face.