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Couloir Season 2013

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Col_Forbin » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:04 pm

Was up on the Dead Dog today, if you plan on doing that one I would try to get up there sooner than later

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby WSN » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:59 pm

Col_Forbin wrote:Was up on the Dead Dog today, if you plan on doing that one I would try to get up there sooner than later

Did you take a look at the tuning fork? Is the snow melt out now?

Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Col_Forbin » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:13 pm

WSN wrote:
Col_Forbin wrote:Was up on the Dead Dog today, if you plan on doing that one I would try to get up there sooner than later

Did you take a look at the tuning fork? Is the snow melt out now?


Unfortunately I did not get a good look at it either.


But does anyone have any rec's on what lines should still be in next weekend?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Carl » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:13 pm

WSN wrote:Did you take a look at the tuning fork? Is the snow melt out now?


Here is a shot of someone skiing it today. We dropped in shortly thereafter. I didn't see a direct line from the summit but I didn't look around for it either since a storm rolled in. We skied the ridge to get off the summit then down climbed. Plenty of snow in the line. Bring a 4wd with decent clearance and you can drive to the base. Makes it a pretty short day. A little over 3 hours car to car.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby clemsonmtneer » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:56 pm

Anyone get a good look at Notchtop Couloir in RMNP over the weekend by any chance?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Monster5 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:32 pm

Taylor Glacier, Powell Couloirs

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby ash-ish » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:37 pm

flying into colorado labor day weekend. any couloirs to climb during end of august? <50 degrees, preferably shorter approach. is it too late for skywalker/skyscraper or dragonstail?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby scotty1974 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:01 am

Slim pickings Ash-ish. We've had a hot summer up high with lots of mountain rain. The perma-snowfields will still be there so there is stuff to get after, but most of the classic routes are gone.

Additionally the end of August will become more of an alpine ice season, you might find the climbs to have become more technical snice climbs. Bring some screws!!

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby ash-ish » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:56 pm

thanks scotty, any permanent snow fields you can suggest?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby scotty1974 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:11 pm

Navajo is still good as long as you avoid the huge black ice field that forms on the climbers left side, and any of the glaciers in RMNP..taylor, tyndall, andrews etc. Alot will be in steeper conditions and as a reminder those night time temps are dropping so expect some more technical conditions. You may have to take your tools for a walk, but going up in the Loch Vale area in RMNP should give you something to walk up to.

I might get up to Navajo this weekend, if I do I'll report back.

It's almost alpine ice season!!

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby ash-ish » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:37 am

Thanks Scotty. I appreciate it!

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