Mount Rundle - La Goutte

Andrew Abel

Climbed La Goutte next to the Trophy Headwall on Mount Rundle. The snowpack was variable with November rain crust very evident. It varied from 3 cm thick crust to fully supportive and able to walk on it with windslabs developing on top of the crust. We managed to trigger a small slab avalanche. There was evidence of lots of wind slabs. La Goutte climbed decently well but Pro was not always ideal and had to be worked for.The climbing did not feel like WI6+, felt more like a soft WI6. The climb had a 10 inch fracture line on the first pillar but was fully healed up on the front side of the pillar.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Windy. We avoided: Steep slopes.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN