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 Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
 Post Date:  06/01/2008
 Date Climbed:   05/31/2008
 Posted By:  BCDave

 Ski descent of the the Y coulier & the South Bowl of Devils Playground   

After an incredible season of powder skiing in Summit county & Aspen, Tim & I could only think of one line to finish out the season - Pikes famous Y coulier on the N face. Here is our planned route.
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At the summit, geared up & ready to drop the Y.
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Tim begins his descent w/o cramp-ons, rope or ice axe which we soon determined was not a good idea. He dropped his pack, I threw him a rope & he climbed back up.
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Marmot sent their CEO to supervise this operation. Talk about king of the hill.
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With webbing secure, carabiner & figure 8 in place I'm self-belaying down to the softer snow to find & build our launch pad.
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Tim is hanging by a thread.
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With climbing gear packed away we ice climb down to the launch pad.
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I'm clicked in & readdy to drop.
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Steep?
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Sizing up the rock band.
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In the clear & rippin.
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Tim skiing down to the Bottomeless Pit.
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Tim - hoppin & boppin!
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My signature victory pic.
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Can you say Stairmaster?
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On all 4s approaching the bottom of the Y.
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Is this a dream or is that the summit?
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With the top 15 meters being almost 50 degrees covered in rock & ice - full climbing gear & repelling was required.
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Failing the manditory break test at Glen Cove caused us to sit tight for 30 min. while the breaks cool - NOT. Tim drove me back up to the top of Devils Playground so I could hit the South Bowl.
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Y - Y not? Because we can for only $10 per person & it's right in our back yard. Until next year. Have a great summer.
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  • Comments or Questions
bckcntryskr


Great Day     2011-02-04 17:22:14
It was an awesome ending to a long ski season. The melt was definetly in full swing, though not even a smal slide was noted. You could hear a loud difference between the route down and the route up, as the sun continued its duty. Always great to be out with BCD.


dcbates80911


Nice report     2008-06-01 12:55:58
Nice pictures and TR Dave. Does this mean you will be putting away the winter gear???


BCDave

Highly Unlikely     2010-11-30 10:28:44
Well my wife & Tim's wife would like that however Tim (bckcntryskr) & I have a goal to ski at least one day per month this year so I‘ll probably take my ski gear w/ me on any 14ers we hike this summer to get a few turns in.


Carl


Nice one guys     2011-05-02 08:23:28
Glad to see you two were able to enjoy that route - I know you‘ve been waiting for the weather window. Looks like I may have to wait til next season though. Cool trip report.



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