The Pike's Y

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The Pike's Y

Postby ledhead69 » Thu May 28, 2009 4:06 pm

Hey, y'all,

I was looking at doing the Y-couloir soon, but am kind of uneasy with the the conditions (new snow + hot temps + no real overnight freezing). What is your opinion on the route and potential avy danger? I never realized how much I love the CAIC until they stop providing the detailed avy forecasts!

Thanks for your opinions.

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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby Kevin8020 » Thu May 28, 2009 5:00 pm

I agree! They really need to post reports more... I guess that means we need to donate more money, eh?

CO Native was going to let me know how the route looked on his way home from work today - I'm considering it for next week myself.
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby RoanMtnMan » Thu May 28, 2009 8:47 pm

As avy conditions go, you don't know for sure until you get up there and assess for yourself. I just wish they would get that road open.
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby bubba911t » Fri May 29, 2009 6:10 am

Here's a summit view Wednesday. There was 4-8 inches of new snow from all the storms, maybe more in certain locations. On Wednesday I was definitely worried about setting off a small avy and I would have been more so in the Y. Maybe by next week everything should be settled. If you'd like a partner, let me know.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3323/3571522727_0d3a664a67_b.jpg

If you want to see more of my pictures from Wednesday's excursion, go to www.flickr.com/photos/dinger


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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby aHudge » Fri May 29, 2009 6:12 am

bubba911t wrote:Here's a summit view Wednesday. There was 4-8 inches of new snow from all the storms, maybe more in certain locations. On Wednesday I was definitely worried about setting off a small avy and I would have been more so in the Y. Maybe by next week everything should be settled. If you'd like a partner, let me know.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3323/3571522727_0d3a664a67_b.jpg

If you want to see more of my pictures from Wednesday's excursion, go to www.flickr.com/photos/dinger


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Wow, great photos.... very well done.

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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby CO Native » Fri May 29, 2009 6:34 am

Here is a photo taken last night of the north face:

http://www.friesema.net/junk/pikes_5_28.jpg

(It's a big photo so be patient)
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby Vermont Refugee » Sat May 30, 2009 8:30 am

We were up on the Mtn wednesday being touristy. Snow on the North side looked nice and creamy, but cover was very sparse. Two people had skied one of the more open chutes West of the road, but there were lots of rocks poking through. bubba911t, were were you the skier?
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby Kevin8020 » Sat May 30, 2009 12:37 pm

We're really carefully watching the weather, but considering the Y for Monday.
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby bckcntryskr » Sat May 30, 2009 4:54 pm

Looking to hit it on Friday or Saturday myself.....Sounds like it might be busy..
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby ledhead69 » Sat May 30, 2009 9:33 pm

I climbed the Y on Friday morning and the conditions were great! There was solid snow cover all the way to the top, and most of it was nice and firm. I topped out at 9:30 in the AM, and the very top was just begining to get soft.

There is a lot of old avalanche debris towards the bottom which would make a ski descent pretty...fun.

I will post a TR when I get the time, but just wanted to share the info for those heading up soon. Feel free to PM me.

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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby Kevin8020 » Sun May 31, 2009 12:26 pm

Thanks for the info Joe! Good to know!
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Re: The Pike's Y

Postby B_2 » Sun May 31, 2009 1:17 pm

Hey, I'm glad to see you on here Joe! My husband and I were behind you on the Y on Friday. The ranger was at the top looking for you when we topped out. All I could tell him was that you were too far ahead of us to get a look at you, but you have big feet. ha! We were running out of gas there at the top and didn't top out until about 11am. It was starting to get soft up at the top and we were VERY grateful your steps were there. :D

I don't know what ideal skiing conditions are, I'd guess they'd be great on skiers right (climbers L), but the left side (climbers R) is almost down to ice from a prior slide. We stayed to climbers L in the softer stuff as a lot of slough was coming down from the Right wall in the sun. (Joe please chime in if you remember differently)

And yeah, then at the base where the railroad comes in it's a big huge mess of an old slide on skiers R, icy on skiers L. At least the bottom half of the railroad had slid along with the big one.

Note, there is/was a slight bit of slab forming over the top of the soft stuff on skiers R in Y. Nothing that was difficult to kick through though. So, I don't know if that helps the skiing or hurts it...I'll have to tune back in and see what you guys do and learn something...I'm just trying to give you guys all the info I have...happy skiing/climbing!!!
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