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I am planning on doing the Cristo Couloir on Quandary this weekend, anyone know the snow conditions on the approach? Snowshoes? Any input would be great.
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The road to the dam is mostly dry. Snowshoes may be helpful down around the apron in the afternoon or you can just do some rock hopping. I would leave them at home if I was doing an up and down. You can't drive to the dam, only a little further than the winter Cristo TH. Although by the weekend you may be able to pass the lower stuff and get to the turn off for the house at the lake. The snow down low is going to heat up quick since it's facing south. Today we had a strong wind out of the S/SW in the alpine and it was keeping the stuff up high locked up pretty well. It's getting un-supportive in places especially around rocks, bushes etc. If you get on it early it could be locked up tight and a great snow climb. We are also calling for some colder (still not that cold) temps the next couple of nights. If you're planning anything around the E ridge for you descent it could be heinous in the trees. Yesterday we were skiing back in Blue Lakes Basin and we saw one skier and two climbers on the Cristo. We saw wet, loose slides coming down on all aspects, but they were isolated.
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Hey there CO Native, I'm most likely headed up to Summit Co. tomorrow night & would be interested in meeting up with you for this trek. I'll send you a PM w/ my contact info so we can chat tomorrow.
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Good beta on Christo - we have a CMC group heading up there Saturday AM as well, so we'll see you there!
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rleclair wrote:Good beta on Christo - we have a CMC group heading up there Saturday AM as well, so we'll see you there!
A couple friends and I will be heading up Saturday morning as well, looks like it will be a crowded day on Cristo Saturday!
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Any recent reports from Cristo? Looks like it's been freezing up there every night recently, but also collecting new moisture. Would like to do it tomorrow, but perhaps waiting would be safer. I read that a ranger suggested waiting (not sure how long ago that was reported), which is my default answer, but curious for any latest conditions.
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Up to Blue Lakes (Christo TH) today about 9am and the wind was blastin'---there were some headed up so could get report later---didn't get to snow myself
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I climbed Cristo this past Thursday. The road was completely dry to the dam. I hit the trail at about five in the morning and the snow was rock solid. You would definitely want to bring crampons. I enjoyed a nice glissade on the way down. But anyway, the conditions aren't too bad, but there not exactly amazing either. But anyway, take it easy! Have fun! Be safe!
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