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dragon tail couloir

Postby Moboy56 » Wed May 30, 2012 3:14 pm

i'm hoping to climb Dragon Tail couloir (or in that area if Dragon Tail is out)next week, or the Ptarmigan area on the north side of Flattop. any beta on this area would most helpful. (trail approach conditions, couloir conditions etc.) i've included two links to the area i intend to climb.
thanks everyone.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/flattop-mountain---s-side/105747112
http://climbinglife.com/flattop-mtn-north-face/ptarmigan-fingers.html
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Re: dragon tail couloir

Postby tmathews » Wed May 30, 2012 3:21 pm

Moboy56 wrote:i'm hoping to climb Dragon Tail couloir (or in that area if Dragon Tail is out)next week, or the Ptarmigan area on the north side of Flattop. any beta on this area would most helpful. (trail approach conditions, couloir conditions etc.) i've included two links to the area i intend to climb.
thanks everyone.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/flattop-mountain---s-side/105747112
http://climbinglife.com/flattop-mtn-north-face/ptarmigan-fingers.html


You might PM Kiefer or unclegar. There was a thread about Dragon's Tail a couple of weeks ago, but I don't know if either of them ended up climbing it. The info wouldn't be very recent, but they might be able to give you an idea of what conditions were like then so you can make your own judgment call.

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Re: dragon tail couloir

Postby Theodore » Wed May 30, 2012 3:58 pm

I was out there on the weekend of May 11th and it looked pretty bare in the choke on the left. Right still had a good sized cornice over it. Might require some scrambling/rope depending on how comfortable you are. We got a late start and turned around once we made it a couple hundred feet up due to snow being softer than we'd like.

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Re: dragon tail couloir

Postby Monster5 » Wed May 30, 2012 4:21 pm

Couple weeks ago (5/15):

Dry approach; patchy apron; left choke dry; cornice over right; softens earlier. Camera died, but I took a couple early ones with a cell.

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