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Cristo Couloir

Postby esagas » Thu May 02, 2013 10:12 am

Any info on conditions on Quandary's Cristo Couloir? Pics would be great!

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby Elliot » Thu May 02, 2013 10:19 am

In and saw lots of traffic last weekend. Lots of new snow back there.

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby paxtonsnjones27 » Thu May 02, 2013 11:05 am

The couloir is not skiable from the summit. You will have to hike down the rocks to the entrance, but no sweat. It gets some major cross loading especially half way down. I did not ski it because I didn't bring the necessary gear like an idiot. The couloir is very wide, and mellow. If you are confident about dealing with avy situations then you will not have any problems at all. However, it is awesome long, and one hell of a leg burner. Keep in mind I don't think you will have the easy ski down on the road. It is quite possible you will have to walk a long ways out on a muddy road. Maybe worth carrying some old shoes?

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby Elliot » Thu May 02, 2013 11:23 am

pic from before yesterday's storm
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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby Glen » Thu May 02, 2013 11:48 am

I climbed it on the 30th and skied the east ridge. You can ski from the summit. There was some signs of wet slides in the center and along the road out. I would of liked to have been on the summit by 11 am the day we did it due to the amount of slush that was forming.
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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby colokeith » Thu May 02, 2013 12:44 pm

I am interested in christo for 5/12 or 5/25-5/26 Please let me know conditions if you go for this route.

Also I am looking for partners for above dates. PM me if interested. Fair warning this is my first season snow climbing.
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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby esagas » Thu May 02, 2013 6:53 pm

Thanks for the info! I'm planning on doing it this Saturday.

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby jmc5040 » Fri May 03, 2013 1:05 pm

Photos taken this morning...
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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby realhillboarding » Fri May 03, 2013 2:18 pm

I just got down from skiing the east ridge and snapped a few pics looking down cristo, I'll post them when I get home. I will say it was pretty wintry/slabby snow up high and there was quite a bit of wind loading, so I would be a bit hesitant to get in cristo before we get a good freeze thaw going to settle the new snow. I tend to be fairly conservative, so take that as you will...

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby esagas » Fri May 03, 2013 2:30 pm

realhillboarding wrote:I just got down from skiing the east ridge and snapped a few pics looking down cristo, I'll post them when I get home. I will say it was pretty wintry/slabby snow up high and there was quite a bit of wind loading, so I would be a bit hesitant to get in cristo before we get a good freeze thaw going to settle the new snow. I tend to be fairly conservative, so take that as you will...


Thanks for the advice. I think that I'm going to wait a few more days for the snow to settle. Anyway, please post the pics in order to get a better look at it.

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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby realhillboarding » Fri May 03, 2013 6:40 pm

Here are the pics - it looked a little bony in parts up top, but looked like you could trade a little P-tex for a continuous line \:D/

I tried to embed them, but uploaded them too big and don't have time to resize right now...

taken from the E ridge looking across cristo from ~13800' or so
http://www.14ers.com/images/userpics/2013/u5846p13_130503183226.jpg



Taken from the E ridge looking up at the summit at around 13,800'
http://www.14ers.com/images/userpics/2013/u5846p13_130503183117_l.jpg



taken from the summit looking down cristo
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Re: Cristo Couloir

Postby rleclair » Tue May 21, 2013 9:42 pm

*bump*

Any updates on Cristo Couloir conditions and the road to the dam? Looking to ascend it 5/26 EARLY...thx!
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