Mt. Mendel Couloirs

Overview

Mt. Mendel is located in the Evolution Region of the Sierra. It is a lofty summit with a breathtaking 360-degree view. Located on Mt. Mendel’s north side are chutes that comprise two of the finest alpine ice climbs in the country. The right couloir is 11 pitches long and negotiates a bulge 60+ degrees steep at the crux and tops out with a series of low 5th class rock moves.

The Left Mendel Couloir is considered the hardest ice climb in the Sierra. The ice can get thin and up to 80 degrees steep. In some places mixed rock and ice techniques are used. We are proud to offer the Ice Nine climb to our past clientele.

Elevation: 13,710 feet, 4178m
Difficulty: Intermediate
Length of Trip: 3 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 5+ Ice and rock Advanced

Cost

$875 per person

Dates

TBA

Personal Equipment List

CLOTHING

LONG UNDERWEAR TOP AND BOTTOM
EXPEDITION WEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR TOP
PILE OR THICK WOOL SWEATER
PILE OR THICK WOOL PANTS
NYLON OR GORE-TEX JACKET WITH HOOD
NYLON OR GORE-TEX PANTS OR BIBS
PILE OR WOOL CAP
FACE MASK OR BALACLAVA
PILE OR WOOL GLOVES
HEAVY MOUNTAINEERING WOOL SOCKS
LINER SOCKS
BASEBALL CAP
T-SHIRT
HIKING SHORTS

GEAR

*PACK
*SLEEPING BAG- temperature rated to at least twenty degrees Fahrenheit
*SLEEPING PAD
*BOOTS- medium to heavy weight leather boots
*SKI POLES
*ICE TOOLS
*CRAMPONS
*HARNESS
*2EA LOCKING CARABINERS
*HEADLAMP
DARK GLASSES
WATER BOTTLES
POCKET KNIFE
SUNSCREEN
LIP BALM
TOILET PAPER
EATING UTENSILS
CAMERA AND FILM
IODINE TABLETS
BUG SPRAY
*Available for rental from SMI