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Date Sunday  6/9/2013
End Date Sunday  6/9/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Couloir Snow Climb Rocky Mountain National Park
Start Time 4:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Climb
Pace
Classification Difficult CI
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 120

Location

Rocky Mountain National Park

For more info Contact

John Raich, jraich@lamar.colostate.edu

Details

After two attempts to schedule a snow climb of Dragon's Tail in RMNP this spring only to have to cancel because of snowpack and avalanche conditions, let's hope that the 3rd attempt will result in a climb. Be prepared for a snow climb of up to 45 degrees. There may be short mixed sections with 3rd to 4th class rock. There are several possible choices. Route selection will depend on snowpack and weather conditions. Possibilities are: Dragon's Tail, Ptarmigan Fingers, Hallett Couloir, Tyndall Glacier, Notchtop Couloir.

This climb requires a very early start to ensure a relatively stable snowpack. The start time depends on the extent of the overnight freeze and will be set just prior to the climb but could be as early as 4 a.m. at the Bear Lake trailhead.

Bring helmet, crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, a few pieces of climbing gear, warm and rain proof mountaineering clothing, relatively stiff mountaineering boots. The group will bring one or more ropes and snow protection.

E-mail inquiries preferred: John Raich, jraich@lamar.colostate.edu


Notes

The climb is no longer limited to Alpine Scrambling Course instructors. An entrance fee is charged for admission to RMNP. There is still road construction on the Bear Lake road. Private vehicles are allowed all day on weekends.

THIS CLIMB IS CURRENTLY FILLED. CONTACT TRIP LEADER IF YOU WISH TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST.