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Date Saturday  5/4/2013
End Date Saturday  5/4/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Dragon's Tail Couloir Snow Climb TO BE RESCHEDULED
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 8
Type Trip
Trip Type Climb
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult CI
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 2500
Driving Distance 120

Location

Rocky Mountain National Park

For more info Contact

John Raich, jraich@lamar.colostate.edu

Details

THIS CLIMB WILL BE RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF PERSISTING AVALANCHE PROBLEMS.
Dragon's Tail Couloir, on the south face of Flattop Mtn in Rocky Mountain National Park, is a good example of a snow couloir that comes into climbing shape relatively early in the spring. We'll follow the Emerald Lake Trail and skirt the lake on its north side. We'll head up the initially moderate snow slope that gradually steepens to about 45 degrees where the couloir divides into two branches. The left branch is more popular. There may be a short section of mixed rock part way up that branch. The climb tops out on the broad east face of Flattop Mtn. Descent is via the Flattop Trail.

Bring helmet, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness.

If snow conditions are not suitable or a large cornice is still in place above the climbing route, we'll either reschedule or choose another couloir.

Alpine Scrambling Course instructors and assistants are given preference. E-mail inquiries preferred: John Raich, jraich@lamar.colostate.edu


Notes

Additional information: Colorado Snow Climbs by Dave Cooper.