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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby astrobassman » Wed May 23, 2012 9:59 am

Went up Dreamweaver yesterday (5/22). The snow conditions made for a fast climb. The cruxes are starting to get iced up so two tools was nice to have. The third crux was the hardest. I haven’t done this route before, but from pictures it looks like more ice can form in the cruxes than what we experienced, so in a few weeks it might make for more interesting ice climbing.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby JB99 » Wed May 23, 2012 10:29 am

gb wrote:Nice climbs, jjust.

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Thanks for the post, I was just about to ask about conditions in these couloirs and voila! you cover all four in one trip report. Could you give me an idea of about how steep Independence gets? Roach lists it as moderate, but 30-45 degrees is a wide range.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby lodgling » Wed May 23, 2012 11:41 am

EatinHardtack wrote:gb, How'd the surrounding peaks look around that area? Niagara or Jones group look good for skiing at all? Heading down there on Thursday night.


Fritz (killingcokes) has a shot of Niagara on his blog at the bottom of his report from our ski of Handies last Wed. (5/16):

http://makingturns.com/?p=1569

Hope that helps.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby gb » Wed May 23, 2012 11:44 am

JB99 wrote:
Thanks for the post, I was just about to ask about conditions in these couloirs and voila! you cover all four in one trip report. Could you give me an idea of about how steep Independence gets? Roach lists it as moderate, but 30-45 degrees is a wide range.


Patriot was the least steep, we were actually able to skin the whole thing. Indy was next, Victory was quite a bit steeper, and Traitor steeper still. Indy already had a bootpack so it was really straightforward and that might skew my answer, but I'd say 35-38 or so. If you're just after one couloir to gain the summit, Victory would be my recommendation, as it is quite aesthetic and tops out closest to the summit. FWIW.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby CODave » Wed May 23, 2012 11:49 am

gb wrote:
JB99 wrote:
Thanks for the post, I was just about to ask about conditions in these couloirs and voila! you cover all four in one trip report. Could you give me an idea of about how steep Independence gets? Roach lists it as moderate, but 30-45 degrees is a wide range.


Patriot was the least steep, we were actually able to skin the whole thing. Indy was next, Victory was quite a bit steeper, and Traitor steeper still. Indy already had a bootpack so it was really straightforward and that might skew my answer, but I'd say 35-38 or so. If you're just after one couloir to gain the summit, Victory would be my recommendation, as it is quite aesthetic and tops out closest to the summit. FWIW.


We were the ones who climbed Independence earlier that day. I think sdkeil measured it about 38 degrees.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby JB99 » Wed May 23, 2012 11:55 am

Thanks for the replies... I'm looking for one the dog and wife will enjoy too, sounds like Indy or Patriot will fit the bill. Thanks again.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Tue May 29, 2012 3:29 pm

Luttrell Line is SUPER nice. Best snow climb for me to date!!
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Tue May 29, 2012 3:30 pm

San Jouqin Cooley is very much in also!
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby Matt Lemke » Tue May 29, 2012 5:58 pm

Apostle Couloir is looking great right now for Ice Mountain. I am going to do Ice via this route tomorrow...see my North Apostle conditions report for a pic from yesterday.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby maverick_manley » Tue May 29, 2012 9:19 pm

Is dead dog pretty dead for skiing for the year? Does anyone have pics of this area from the last weekend? Thanks.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby Tim A » Tue May 29, 2012 9:57 pm

I hiked Gray's on Memorial day and there were at least five or six people who got some decent lines in on the dog.

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There were also at least a dozen people who picked lines into the bowl from different places on the saddle, and I ended up glissading the same route mid-afternoon. In the morning it looked very slick and icy, and by 11 or so the snow had warmed enough to be very slushy. Still got a decent gliss in but not sure how long the snow will remain.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby maverick_manley » Wed May 30, 2012 11:49 am

TheodenKing1 wrote:There were also at least a dozen people who picked lines into the bowl from different places on the saddle, and I ended up glissading the same route mid-afternoon. In the morning it looked very slick and icy, and by 11 or so the snow had warmed enough to be very slushy. Still got a decent gliss in but not sure how long the snow will remain.


Great, thanks for the info. I think I'll go check it out.
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