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Couloir Season 2013

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby benners » Sun May 19, 2013 8:03 am

Lookin' good Bill! We got X Rated yesterday. Looking at Brian's photo from last week it's clear a lot of melting occurred during the mid-week heat wave. South and east faces in the Sawatch are going fast too.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun May 19, 2013 9:46 am

benners wrote:Lookin' good Bill! We got X Rated yesterday. Looking at Brian's photo from last week it's clear a lot of melting occurred during the mid-week heat wave. South and east faces in the Sawatch are going fast too.

Great! Glad to hear you guys got that one. I bet it was fun. Yeah, that mid-week heat did some serious work on the peaks. I was a bit worried about the Sangres but, compared to what we received to the north, the Sangres had cooler daytime temps for most of the week.

Looking at your Sayres pic, I'm wondering how the exit ski went? :-&
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby benners » Mon May 20, 2013 7:17 am

Exit ski wasn't terrible; we were able to ski/pole all the way to tree line, though the low snow line made the willow fields a pain to navigate. From tree line we more or less had dry ground to hike out on. La Plata's North Face was looking nice and caked.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Voodoo302 » Mon May 20, 2013 8:24 am

Climbed (and intended to ski) s**t For Brains on Saturday; there's definitely a skiable line from the top but the choke is very icy and has a perpendicular gully in the middle, about a 3 foot drop over rocks. This can be avoided but it's a tricky line. It made for a nice climb but clouds and wind kept the snow from softening up so we didn't attempt to ski it. We did descend to looker's left of SFB on a line I've heard called Poop For Brains which made for a really nice day out. Not my picture here (forgot my camera) but there's good coverage up there!
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon May 20, 2013 10:13 am

^^
While I've only skied SFB on that face, I think that line you skied might also be called "Dog Leg" but I could be wrong.
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Voodoo302 » Mon May 20, 2013 10:31 am

BillMiddlebrook wrote:^^
While I've only skied SFB on that face, I think that line you skied might also be called "Dog Leg" but I could be wrong.


Yeah It was a little unclear, 'PFB' may be the line between what we skied and SFB, although it seemed like Dog Leg started lower and more to looker's left, but finishing where it widens out. Good day out, whatever it was called, but a bummer SFB never warmed up!

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby atalarico » Mon May 20, 2013 12:38 pm

I'll second the request for info on 4th of July and the Arapahoes! I'm hoping to get up Wednesday, but I know there's some fresh snow falling. I think with the weather over the past week, things should have solidified quite well. Anyone have any more recent beta?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby WasatchPow » Mon May 20, 2013 2:36 pm

Voodoo, thanks for the info on the line. That's some good vert, nice work. Bill's right - you skied what's called Dog Leg. s**t for Brains is properly labeled, the line between SFB and Dog Leg is known as Dog s**t. That line empties out in the same spot as SFB. The area to looker's left (bit of a knoll with trees) is Fleas.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Voodoo302 » Mon May 20, 2013 2:59 pm

Right on, good to know. Thanks for that link, now I'll know the names of all the OTHER lines I saw when we were up there!

Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Mon May 20, 2013 4:43 pm

Has anyone been on Savage recently? thinking of heading there on Thursday if the temps are low enough.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby SurfNTurf » Tue May 21, 2013 4:35 pm

I got this beautiful shot of Drift's NW Bowl today.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue May 21, 2013 4:42 pm

Is there a couloir in there somewhere?
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