The Brothers/South Couloir


Alpine Scramble - The Brothers/South Couloir

A two-day scrambling trip to The Brothers will be physically strenuous and involve some tricky route finding. Participants should be extremely confident, skilled scramblers and preferably be Basic Climbing Course grads/students. Having experience with long days in the mountains and having the right conditioning to be efficient are also important.

  • Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,200 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

TBD in email approximately one week prior to trip. 

Leader is still finalizing the posting. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Here is a trip report for your reference: Basic Alpine Climb - The Brothers/South Couloir — The Mountaineers

Please request leader permission to participate. This route requires navigation skills and good physical conditioning.  The Brothers is a Smoots peak with exposure and loose material. You should be comfortable with exposed rock scrambles and potentially steep snow travel. This is often posted as a Basic Alpine Climb, though everything I've read indicates it is a scramble. 


  • Requests before registration date are not guaranteed a response, and any sign-ups without prior leader permission will be canceled.
  • Because of exposure and loose material, this is not a good scramble for current scramble/basic students unless you have experience in these conditions. You should have completed at least one S5, T5 scramble (preferably two), and basic rock/basic alpine climbs count too. Be sure to share with me S5 & T5 rock scrambles and/or basic rock climbs you have done in the past.
  • When requesting permission, let me know your level of recent conditioning, past backcountry camping experience. Please also include your experience traveling on steep snow, and exposed rock scrambling terrain.

The Brothers/South Couloir

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Downclimb kit (hasty/glacier harness, prusik loop, locking carabiner)
  • Mountaineering Boots or crampon-compatible approach shoes (Alternatively, trail runners for the hiking approach and mountaineering boots for the summit attempt)
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
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