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 Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  pseudoghost
 Date of Information:  06/09/2013
 Date Posted:  06/09/2013
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Climbed it today. Conditions were OK; snow was firm and well consolidated in the early morning, but you'll start breaking through as soon as the sun warms through the overnight freeze. We started at 6:30, and probably should have been at the base of the couloir at sunup to maximize the snow.

There's a good stretch of about 100 feet now that has completely melted out about 3/4 of the way up; so it turns into a mixed climb. If you do go, make sure to stay on the solid rock to the left of the couloir. Do not traverse across as the rock is extremely bad (I almost knocked down a few fist sized rocks).

Probably won't last much longer. There was running water in some parts of the couloir. With the very warm temps forecast, it'll probably be done by the end of next week, if not sooner.




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