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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby jmc5040 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:23 pm

PolishPete wrote:Wanted to bump this thread. Coming out from Chicago on Thursday, and wanted to climb a couloir. Anybody have very recent info on the "Fridge" on Ice, or possibly any good beta/recent conditions from this past weekend on any couloirs? If so, please post up!!


See my TR on Fletcher Mountain. We skied the couloir ~100 below the summit, but there are additional routes.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby PolishPete » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:20 pm

jmc5040 wrote:
PolishPete wrote:Wanted to bump this thread. Coming out from Chicago on Thursday, and wanted to climb a couloir. Anybody have very recent info on the "Fridge" on Ice, or possibly any good beta/recent conditions from this past weekend on any couloirs? If so, please post up!!


See my TR on Fletcher Mountain. We skied the couloir ~100 below the summit, but there are additional routes.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=11976


Fletcher Mtn was on my list to look at. Thanks for posting.

Also, which couloir is it you ski'd?
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby climbing_rob » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:23 pm

Lost Rat on Gray's (this last Saturday, 6/9) was in better condition than I thought it would be, only maybe top 80 vertical feet or so was melted out, but nice laid-back talus/scree by that point so easy to the top from there. And the consistency for most of the route was decent, a tad post-holy near the top of the snow. Some pals of mine climbed south paw (torreys) yesterday, haven't heard back yet but it looked in decent shape as we passed by it saturday. S. Paw is still corniced on the right side, not bad looking on the left side. Hit these early; we hit lost rat at 7:30-ish, a tad late IMHO, 6:30 would have been better. Dead Dog is looking pretty skinny, still would climb well though.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby PolishPete » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:58 pm

Anybody been around Dragon's Tail recently?

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby skimrg81 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:10 am

Has anyone been up the North Couloir on Pacific Peak in the past week or so? Looking for a condition report. Curious if it is snow all the way up or if there is some ice present. Thanks

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby clemsonmtneer » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:28 am

PolishPete wrote:Anybody been around Dragon's Tail recently?


I was up in Tyndall Gorge last weekend and Dragon's Tail is no longer in. Also witnessed a pretty nasty rock slide down the couloir.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby jeffskio » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:06 am

I climbed pacific june 1st and the north couloir looked doable then but starting to get thin and icy up top. Here is a picture from that day.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby PolishPete » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:14 pm

clemsonmtneer wrote:
PolishPete wrote:Anybody been around Dragon's Tail recently?


I was up in Tyndall Gorge last weekend and Dragon's Tail is no longer in. Also witnessed a pretty nasty rock slide down the couloir.


Thanks for the info.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby ap snow » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:35 pm

Better late than never... The Luttrell line was great, however, it never softened up so the descent was extremely icy. I would think this is the best way up Diente in snow conditions.
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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby PolishPete » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:14 pm

Ice Mountain / Refrigerator Couloir is done for the season. The snow that's left up there is just terrible.

The chimney used to access the apron of the mountain collapsed while I was climbing it. Thank God I was alright, crawled out of the hole, and we made our way up the rock face just to the right of the chimney.

Avoided the snow by boulder hoping across and up high, hoping the snow got better up there. Finally trudged our way through the snow to the base of the couloir. No way to go up under those conditions. Waste deep at some points, and the snow held no weight...simply sunk in to the slush.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby martinleroux » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:52 am

It's not dead yet... as of Sun Jun 24 the Refrigerator Couloir (Ice Mountain) was still climbable, but only just. We must have used a different approach than PolishPete, we didn't go anywhere near "a chimney used to access the apron of the mountain". We had nice styrofoam snow most of the way (it helped that we started early). But there was a section half-way up that was down to a narrow strip of bare ice, with a short stretch of loose rubble and easy rock. With this week's warm weather the whole couloir will be a rubble chute before too long.

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Re: Colorado Couloir Conditions

Postby ash-ish » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:53 am

How are the Couloirs looking this year? since this seems to be a dry year, is it possible couloirs will be packed and safe to climb earlier than usual? Thinking of making a trip to colorado in April. I need info to plan my co trips this year... i am from houston. Any info will be appreciated.

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