Abiathar Peak located in Yellowstone Park and Wyoming is a unique peak I have been drooling over for a few years now. This Gothic line, unlike any others I have seen, does not top out, instead cleaving the massive cliffs dead ending in the heart of the rock. You can peak out via the line along the AC Traverse, which has been done but would be a spicy day to say the least. The line, although somewhat short makes up for it in the ambiance, feeling like you are riding out of the heart of a massive pile of interesting conglomerates.
The tour, one of many that does not require a snowmobile, is strait forward and we found ourselves in the basin at a relatively quick pace. Laying eyes on the couloir was very exciting, seeing the massive slash through rocks up close and personal.
Pushing on we skinned up the apron eventually making our way to the entrance. Looking up the hallway we had some concerns with wind slabs, especially in the lower portions dead center where it appeared the high winds had deposited a nice layer earlier the previous day or two.
Comfortable with the snow along the more sheltered lookers left side we pushed
on. Eventually nearing the top, the run increased in steepness and tightened into a box dead end with walls pushing up to the sky in every direction. Turning around and looking down was unreal as we strapped in ready to ride what visually looked to be out of the mountain as opposed to down the mountain, an experience you do not get from most couloirs.
This was the end of our journey for this trip. As always Cooke City is a magical place and I need to return more often. It does not disappoint.