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Couloir Season 2013

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby bloomy » Wed May 15, 2013 11:22 am

MountainMedic wrote:
SolarAlex wrote:anybody done cristo in the last few days? thinking of giving it a try on friday


Did Cristo today with SurfNTurf. We made it to around 13,600 and turned around due to crappy snow conditions - everything was slush by 930 AM. You also won't be able to get a car to the dam, there's a huge snowplow pile on the road just after the standard route TH parking. It seemed like a normally awesome route; I hope you get some cold weather and have some fun!



bummer. after the snow pile, was it mostly dry to the damn?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby SurfNTurf » Wed May 15, 2013 11:28 am

bloomy wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:
SolarAlex wrote:anybody done cristo in the last few days? thinking of giving it a try on friday


Did Cristo today with SurfNTurf. We made it to around 13,600 and turned around due to crappy snow conditions - everything was slush by 930 AM. You also won't be able to get a car to the dam, there's a huge snowplow pile on the road just after the standard route TH parking. It seemed like a normally awesome route; I hope you get some cold weather and have some fun!



bummer. after the snow pile, was it mostly dry to the damn?


The road was snow-covered completely except for one or two small sections. It would be driveable (4WD) to within a half-mile of the dam, where some serious drifts and wet slab debris will block access for some time. I wouldn't be surprised if the plow berm MountainMedic referenced can be surmounted by the weekend, given the extremely warm temps this week.
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby leggaj5 » Wed May 15, 2013 11:42 am

Thanks for the info on Cristo. I was thinking about giving it a go on Saturday, but I think I'm going to wait until Sunday. Overnight low for Saturday night is 23 according to the weather link so hopefully it will get a good freeze.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby ash-ish » Fri May 17, 2013 6:35 am

Planning on climbing Dragon's Tail memorial day weekend. If the current warm weather conditions continue, it looks like the best option would be to climb very early in the morning or late in the night. Since that weekend is a full moon weekend, I am thinking of making an early start, like 3:00AM. I am a slow hiker too.

Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Steve Climber » Fri May 17, 2013 7:22 am

Toying with the idea of Skywalker 05/25 now that 4th of July is open. Anyone have any shots / beta on it they can share?

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Fri May 17, 2013 12:01 pm

Boudoir on Horseshoe is in great shape as of this morning. We got to the base a little before 8 and wished we had been there an hour earlier but still managed with only small postholing. Descended the standard route and snow shoes were nice on the decent through.

The finger couloirs coming off White Ridge looked pretty tasty but the aprons will start melting out soon.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby pete26 » Sat May 18, 2013 1:27 am

Were you guys skiing or climbing Cristo Couloir? Can you skin all the way to the lake and once you head up the couloir? or is it too steep that you need to put on the crampons?
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sat May 18, 2013 3:52 am

Outward Bound Couloir on Kit Carson is full of snow right now...

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby bloomy » Sat May 18, 2013 8:23 am

We made an attempt to climb and ski Dragon Egg on Mt Meeker on Thurs 5/16. The lack of overnight freeze turned us around at 8:30am at nearly 12,000 feet. It looks like a few nights of freezing starts tonight. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby Chicago Transplant » Sat May 18, 2013 2:17 pm

AndYouSeeMe wrote:Boudoir on Horseshoe is in great shape as of this morning. We got to the base a little before 8 and wished we had been there an hour earlier but still managed with only small postholing. Descended the standard route and snow shoes were nice on the decent through.

The finger couloirs coming off White Ridge looked pretty tasty but the aprons will start melting out soon.


Thanks for the conditions report (and the boot pack), Boudoir skied pretty well this morning. Dropped in about 9.15 and it was just getting nicely carveable, not exactly corn, but a good ski. Almost continuous to the car, just two short dry spots on the road, one right above Leavick and one at the road split. Good freeze last night, nice to see a spring snowpack setting up in the Mosquitos!

Image below was taken on the way out, 2 groups of 2 can be seen in the Couloir (and a group of 10 at the base!).

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Boudoir on May 18
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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby FullertonImages » Sat May 18, 2013 10:06 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Outward Bound Couloir on Kit Carson is full of snow right now...

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Re: Couloir Season 2013

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun May 19, 2013 3:51 am

It really was!
This was my first time in the OB Couloir and to get it with good snow conditions was a bonus. The only rock we had to climb over was the tiny rib between the top of OB Kit Carson's upper, SE face. Even that was mostly snow.

Hopefully other climbers were able to take advantage of our staircase. :)
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