|Peak:||Pikes Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||05/18/2013|
Climbed the mountain with my brother via Barr Trail to Bottomless Pit, up the Y Couloir, then down the East Face. Barr Trail to Bottomless Pit cutoff is free of snow. First mile of Bottomless Pit Trail is free of snow, but used snowshoes for last 1.4 miles to the North side of the mountain. The basin leading up to the Couloir is nicely snow-filled, in fact, the truck that the guy drove off the summit in 1992 is barely visible in the snow. The Y Couloir is nicely snow-filled from top to bottom with lots of snow that will last well into the foreseeable future. Conditions in the Couloir were conducive for a good climb. We descended the mountain via the East Face, where there is some boot-pack on the standard Barr Trail, but most people (including us) are using the prominent snow-filled gulley to ascend/descend the mountain. There is some significant snow on the East Face of the mountain, and boots and gaiters are recommended although we saw people in low-top trail shoes and/or tennis shoes with VERY wet feet. Timberline back to Barr Camp had some sporadic, lengthy snow patches where traction devices would be helpful. Barr Camp to the parking lot is, of course, free of snow. Picture #1 is looking up the Y Couloir, with two climbers (and their snowboards) above us. Picture #2 shows conditions in the Couloir and my brother below me. Picture #3 shows my brother topping out of the Couloir. Picture #4 shows the snow-filled gulley on the East Face that most people are using to ascend/descend the mountain right now.
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