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Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Post Date:  05/03/2009
Date Climbed:   05/02/2009
Posted By:  Kevin Baker

 Pikes via Y Couloir Edition IV: We Shall Overcome!   

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  • Comments or Questions

”Y” We Love Springtime!     2009-05-03 20:25:02
Bravo Kevin! Looks like a great team effort that paid off with a beautifully executed snow climb. And hey - doesn‘t this make it a ”Baker‘s Dozen” for you on Pikes?


Thanks!     2011-05-02 08:23:28
For confirming that the Y is looking great right now. Nice TR!


Very nice!!     2009-05-04 07:55:51
Kevin and gang. Thanks for posting the excellent trip report and photos!! Now I really want to do this soon!! Looks like a great climb and glad the weather cooperated for the most part.

CO Native

Nice job.     2009-05-05 09:40:16
I‘m heading up there this weekend. Thanks for the Beta. Looks like you guys took what I‘ve dubbed the Y Couloir Direct. It‘s between the the couloirs that Roach describes as the left and the right. I‘m shooting for the left this time.

It appears that you never used snowshoes on the trip is that correct?

Kevin Baker

snowshoes     2009-05-05 09:51:36

Yes, we did use snowshoes from the Bottomless Pit junction all the way to the apron. I think you would be punching through too much to get by w/o them. That was the best conditions we have seen this time of year in the trees as well.

That was my 13th ascent of Pikes. So many routes to explore!

CO Native

Thanks     2009-05-05 11:57:07
for the correction.

Hey since you‘ve been there 13 times have you ever tried the Summit House route. All I‘ve got is some confusing beta right now.

Kevin Baker

haven‘t heard of it     2009-05-05 14:48:59
I haven‘t heard of the summit house couloir, Josh. I‘ve done the Y direct 3x and the left branch once. Is it no harder than the Y? Add it to the list! I think I‘m going to do the Railroad next year. This year was the first time I have seen continuous snow in it.


well done     2009-05-30 12:59:23
good work on the long, successful ascent and thanks for some valuable beta. i look forward to giving it a go!

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