Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Date Posted:  05/07/2009
Date Climbed:   05/07/2008
Author:  skibrendan
 Lincoln couloir   

After years of using this site as a supplement to the great info I've gained over the years from Lou Dawson, Chris Davenport, and others I've decided to contribute a little. Although I've done many recent trips, I thought I would first add this one from exactly one year ago because I've never seen any reports on this particular ski run. I'm hoping that this will inspire an adventure or two since I thought this was a good one.
Over the years so many routes have been completely detailed in a very helpful way. However, these days I sometimes prefer less detailed reports that leave some route finding adventure to the user. So this will basically be a picture report for those who can assess route safety and snow conditions themselves. This route can also be seen from the highway. I will add some important safety notes at the bottom.
I hope somebody enjoys this:
My friend Melissa and I had another great adventure this day! For starters the dorky summit self-portrait javascript:emoticon(‘‘)
The couloir in center:
The bottom of the route is next to ice routes:
Pretty much the whole thing:
First ski cut and turn:
Havin FUN!!:
Heading to the strip of snow that will get me across the flats:
Safety notes:
-The Cornice above the rock guarding the entrance and the couloir have eastern exposure/ early sunhit.
-The couloir has several fall lines. This day I predictably cut a fresh layer about six inches that ran on the consolidated lower snowpack. The sluff slammed several walls, especially the major "funnel," before cascading over rocks. So even small slides can be serious here.
-Mining may have something to do with the shape of the terrain. Look out for old mines.
-The part of the route that runs next to the ice routes is prone to undermining from water flow and hot rocks. Be careful of Colorado Crevasses here! Snow cover here may not be good.
-Check with the Forest Service for current closures if you care to do so. This area might be technically closed.
-I didn't measure, but this couloir is steeper than most in the area and certainly substantially steeper and more difficult than the Dead Dog (IMO) for example. Don't fall.

Other notes:
-Being a fan of Lou Dawson, I was able to ski through the couloir directly from the summit using fast swooping traverses up mining roads which I scouted on the way up. This required a touch of rock skiing. I took only a few steps on rocks at the end of the flats in order to link two snow fingers. Otherwise top to bottom!
-I wonder about the history of skiing here and if anyone knows a historical name for this run?????????????
-Also, is this feature created by erosion through different rock layers and shifting, or is this feature partially shaped by the mining in the region?????? Any geologists out there?
-Have fun!!!! Please let me know if anyone has a good ski here.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions
Easy Rider

Quality Report
02/05/2011 00:22
looks like a great line.


Enjoyed your perspective
05/08/2009 02:27
thanks for posting!


05/08/2009 02:58
That line doesn‘t go very often. Great report and photos!


Great line...
05/08/2009 14:41
way to get after it


strong work
05/08/2009 21:23
I don‘t think that line has a name per se, but I know of at least 3 parties that have skied it. I‘ve heard it described as the diamond couloir, because of the diamond shape of the buttress/ridge feature.


Russian Couloir?
05/09/2009 02:59
It‘s been a long time since I have looked, and I could be mistaken, but isn‘t that the Russian Couloir?


05/09/2009 13:52
Great line dude!


11/30/2010 17:28
No, the Russian drops south directly off Lincoln's summit into Cameron Amphitheater, this line drops southeast off Lincoln's east shoulder into Lincoln Amphitheater. They look similar though!


Thanks for the pos feedback!
05/10/2009 19:10
I have enjoyed many of your reports also. Coincidentally we saw one bootpack coming from the other side and a nice track headed into the Russian. Turned out to be my skibud Ryan. He said that one was patchy at the time (had to do a variation) but looks great for the right day (but parking is a challenge)
Found good snow up high yesterday!


05/11/2009 02:39
love the photos, as always my hat has to be tipped to the skiers with the skill to ski these things


05/12/2009 00:00
My hat‘s off to any and all who climb and ski the unusual lines.

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