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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby CO Native » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:17 pm

Here's an image from this morning after the snow:
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby GerryRigged » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:36 pm

Can I change the subject slightly?
Is the ribbon of snow in this photo skiable now or maybe in a week or so?
I have been looking at this for a couple of years and since the Y col is not skiable form the summit I thought this might be an alternative. I was on the summit a couple weeks ago and at that time it was pretty thin with a lot of rocks.
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby CO Native » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:02 pm

From what I've seen of it I would not expect it to be skiable this year unless we get one of those huge spring storms still. In average snowfall years it's skiable.
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby GerryRigged » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:29 pm

CO Native,

I just found the notice of your reply in my junk email box. I'll have to fix that.
So Pikes got a pretty good snow a few days ago but maybe still not enough to make it skiable.
Have you skied this in the past?

Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby KyleS » Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:32 am

Bump. Any update on Y Couloir conditions? Even if it isn't skiable, does it look climbable at least? What about the Railroad Couloir?

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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby kman » Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:32 pm

KyleS wrote:Bump. Any update on Y Couloir conditions? Even if it isn't skiable, does it look climbable at least? What about the Railroad Couloir?


I too, am eagerly awaiting my annual climb up the Y Couloir! I usually wait until the 2nd weekend in May for an attempt. I did, however, climb up & down Pikes Peak yesterday (4-27-2013) via Barr Trail. While on the summit, I took these pics looking down the upper part of the main branch of the Couloir. It looks to be nicely snow-filled. The very top (last 20 yards), as usual, is a little sparse - but this has been indicative of conditions on the very top for the past few years. There were no tracks coming up this upper part of the Couloir, nor were there any tracks leading to the Bottomless Pit as I was coming up Barr Trail. This leads me to believe that it has not been attempted for a while and/or possibly not at all this season yet. Although, there are of course, other ways to access the Couloir. I did not (for obvious reasons) attempt to down-climb the Couloir to gauge the snow conditions, but have decided to wait for a while longer before attempting this climb in order to let the snow "set-up" a little better.
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby KyleS » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:27 pm

Thanks kman. I'm still holding onto shreds of hope that I'll have time to climb it.

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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby keystone4me » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:31 pm

plans to attempt this weekend. Thoughts?

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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby Kevin Baker » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:37 pm

keystone4me wrote:plans to attempt this weekend. Thoughts?



If the storm on Wed comes to fruition, this weekend may still be too early. 9-17 inches with no freeze/thaw the rest of the week means it probably won't bond well for awhile.
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby jscamaro » Fri May 03, 2013 9:16 am

Hi there
Im planning to climb it this Saturday. - MAY 4th 2013
any suggestions on this or advice?

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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby CO Native » Fri May 03, 2013 9:26 am

We got some nice snow out of the storm and the weather is warming back up faster than originally forecasted. If things go perfect Sunday may be a reasonable day to do the Y. edit: Looked at the forecast and consolidation is unlikely by Sunday.

Here's what it looks like after the last storm (click for much larger verson):
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Re: Y Couloir in a week?

Postby jeffskio » Fri May 03, 2013 1:28 pm

CO Native, can you post a picture of the glen cove area and Little Italy?

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