Kendall Shooting Gallery

The backside of Kendall Peak is one of the hidden gems in the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry. Spend a few days skiing as many couloirs and chutes as you can!

March 1, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Difficult

Skills Required: Expert skiing ability and prior ski touring experience

Fitness Level: Strenuous due to the fact that some of the touring and skiing will happen with and overnight pack

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2
The back side of Kendall Peak is a hidden gem in the Snoqualmie Pass back country. The large north and east facing cirque holds a variety of long and steep couloirs that are begging to be skied. The objective of this weekend is to ski most of them. Plain and simple. Get after it.
Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1:  We will meet in front of the guiding office at 6am (unless otherwise coordinated by the guide), conduct a gear check and then commute together to Snoqualmie Pass. We will tour up the Commonwealth drainage and head towards the southern end of the cirque. One large couloir descent will send us down to the beautiful Silver Creek area where we will establish a comfortable base camp.
Day 2:  It is couloir time!
Day 3:  Our third day will send up and down another couloir before we pack up camp and exit via the Gold Creek valley.

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The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.

•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            Non-Cotton Underwear
o            1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o            Ski Socks - 2 pair
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
o            Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
•            INSULATION
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket
o            Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimum
o            Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 15º F to 20º F minimum
o            Compression Sack - for sleeping bag           
o            Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating
o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o            Bowl or Cup
o            Utensils
o            Small Knife
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Lighter
o            Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.
o            Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
o            Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
o            Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
o            Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
o            Climbing Skins
o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o            Ski Brakes 
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!
o            Skin Wax
o            Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-rain brand waterproof notebook works
o            Compass - adjustable declination a must
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o            Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
o            Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at camp
o            Warm Socks - to sleep in
o            Lightweight Bivy/Tarp - handy with a floorless tent
o            Foot Powder
 GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS   *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.
o            Tents
o            Stoves
o            Fuel
o            Cooking Pots
o            Ropes
o            Technical Group Gear; VHF Radio or Satellite Phone
o            Group 1st Aid Kit

Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.