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October 12, 2015

Mt. Sneffels


Mt. Sneffels is the monarch of the northern San Juans standing proud over Dallas Divide and the towns of Montrose and Ridgway.

The north face also happens to be home to several prominent Colorado alpine routes, such as the Snake Couloir and the North Buttress.

Lesser known of these is the North Central Couloir, which branches left from the base of the Snake couloir. I've done the other classics on this face and love finding new less traveled lines, so when I noticed the North Central Couloir for the first time when I was climbing the North Buttress, I knew it needed to be done.


With fresh October snow and hopes of new ice, I headed up to Mt Sneffels. I thought going into the climb that the route may take 1-2 pitches of roped ice climbing high up, but was quickly surprised to find the ice started from the base of the couloir.

I have been climbing in Lowa Mountain Experts over the last year and they have held up to every test I have put them through. On the North Central Couloir, my partner and I were thrown into 7 pitches of mixed ice and rock without any prior beta.


These boots performed as well on perfect AI3 hero ice, to thin, techy M5 rock moves. After 10 hours of continuous climbing we reached the summit.

Big shout out to Lowa Boots for making a rugged, dependable boot that I never had to doubt when the next move mattered.

- Austen B.

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