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Couloir Season 2013

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby gb » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:39 pm

I have to be in Denver tomorrow (sat), but looking to ski something on sunday on my way back. Was thinking emperor, but open to other ideas, preferably on the way towards CB. shoot me a pm if interested.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby jeremy27 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:26 am

boleslav wrote:Notchtop couloir in RMNP - climbed 6/1 - conditions good, nice snowpack

Ptarmigan fingers RMNP - climbed 6/1 - conditions good, climbed the most left one, has large cornice, snow stable


Looks like this is still accurate, at least as far as I could tell from Ptarmigan Glacier. Snow was reasonably stable on the Glacier but softened up quick (9am) with the early sun hit. PM for pics.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Monster5 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:25 am

Cathedral (East Face) - mostly in to the summit with one brief 3rd class rock step where the crux supposedly is. Snowshoes not worth it on the approach.
Cathedral (std route) - continuous snow to the ridge. Pretty much dry to the summit.
Malemute (N-facing slopes) - continuous snow to the ridge. One zig-zaggy couloir is in to the summit. Ridge is dry.
EPP/Leahy/Hayden (non-couloirs) - mostly dry via Leahy's S face or traversing 100' above the EP trail to the saddle.
Savage - continuous snow, minor cornice bypassable left. Softens early. Snowshoes still useful on the approach/deproach

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby catsh16 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:23 pm

Holy Cross Coulior on Sunday the 9th:
This is the line to do if you want to spending all day outside, love hardship, and are OK with a little skiing. Starting from the trailhead ~4am it was slow going posting through patches of deep snow below treeline (an hour longer than planned). Dropping in at 10:30am we were on the late/too soft side of the curve... but managed. 9-9:30AM would be better. supposedly the road will open on the 21st.
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby GoPackGo » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:35 pm

rangercarl-The North Couloir on Pacific is in right now. I was on Crystal Saturday and have a pic, however, i'm not really sure how to embed it here.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby joelsteidl » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:35 pm

This seems like a good place to ask first. I'm looking at doing Torrey's Dead Dog this Friday (6/14).

  • Has anyone been up the route in the past couple days? How are the conditions?
  • Doesn't look like the temps are getting much below 40 at night...is that a problem?
  • Any good reason to not give it a try?

Thanks in advance for any info/tips!

P.S. If we do it, we plan on starting at 3:30 AM. (unless someone suggests differently)

Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby lordhelmut » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:41 pm

joelsteidl wrote:This seems like a good place to ask first. I'm looking at doing Torrey's Dead Dog this Friday (6/14).

  • Has anyone been up the route in the past couple days? How are the conditions?
  • Doesn't look like the temps are getting much below 40 at night...is that a problem?
  • Any good reason to not give it a try?

Thanks in advance for any info/tips!

P.S. If we do it, we plan on starting at 3:30 AM. (unless someone suggests differently)


Are you skiing it? Even if you aren't skiing it, 3:30am is insanely early, unless you have stuff to do in town afterwards. Last saturday - we left car at 7:30 and couloir was fine. There is a massive bootpack all over and up the couloir, making travel significantly easy and straightfoward. I will say - it was getting mildly soft, so maybe a 5 or 6am start time is safe.

For climbing - the couloir is fine. For skiing - it would be an absolute miserable descent. I can't think of a good reason to NOT give it a try if you are climbing it strictly though. Bring a helmet and watch for standard late spring rock fall. There was none saturday.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby unclegar » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:42 pm

A couple of Meeker/Longs pics from Saturday 060813:

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby DanR » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:10 pm

I was up at Sky Pond today...

Taylor Glacier:
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Powell's North Face Snowfields:
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby FullertonImages » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:22 pm

unclegar wrote:A couple of Meeker/Longs pics from Saturday 060813:

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A little hard to tell in this photo, but is dreamweaver effectively out? Looks pretty dry and iceless, like it would just be a snow slog with intermitent crappy rock steps. Is that correct?
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Boggy B » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:23 am

Past couple of weeks:
5/25 - Whitehouse north face couloir - 1000' / steep snow / continuous to the top
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5/26 - "V 2" south face couloir - 1800' / steep snow, class 3 / steep class 2 traverse around a rock step, class 3 bypass for smaller rock, then continuous snow for 1200' to the ridge
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6/8 - UN 13498 ("School Bus Peak") northwest couloir - 1500' / very steep snow, 5.0 / continuous for 1000', some weird 5.0 moves to pass a rock step, continuous for another 400', then solid class 3 to the summit
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby gb » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:50 am

^^ Uh, that is just dirty, on multiple levels. Nice

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