Peak:  Mt. Aetna (13er)
 Route:  Grand Couloir
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Grover
 Date of Info:  05/28/2016
 Date Posted:  05/30/2016
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Went up the Grand Couloir on Saturday and snowboarded down. Or maybe it should be called the Baby Grand Couloir at this point, because there is a big section of the lower apron that has melted away. There was a solid freeze on Friday night, so the snow in couloir was firm on Saturday morning. I was able to walk up the road on frozen snow, and I was able to walk up the right hand side of the couloir, on the rocks, until further up into the couloir. If you are/were thinking of getting this before summer, I would suggest you get it very quickly, before more snow disappears. If you are headed up FR230 with modified 4x4 (i.e not stock), you can punch through two snow banks and get to a nice, flat parking area (to park or camp). If it were not later in the evening on Friday (~10:30 pm), I would have tried to punch through those two bands to get to that nice spot. Beyond that, snow coverage on the road gets deeper and deeper, and you will need flotation coming out (I skinned out using my splitboard). Note, when I encountered two day hikers after my ride down to the road, they stated they saw a bear cross the road just ahead of them.


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