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Date Saturday  4/8/2017
End Date Saturday  4/8/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Dragon's Tail Couloir
Start Time 4:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Uwe Sartori
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type All Other
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 2400
Driving Distance 144


Rocky Mountain National Park - Bear Lake Trailhead.


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Please contact Michaela Bretnikova for the passcode.  She is doing this trip as her LIT - CMC Leader-In-Training trip. She can be reached by e-mail at


Trip is classified as "All Other" This is a technical snow climb with an estimated (C/D)-E rating due to difficulty, steepness and exposure.

Come join us on Saturday for a climb of Dragon’s Tale. If the weather and snowpack conditons are favorable, we will climb up the couloir with the option of continuing to Flattop Mountain. We'll descend the Flattop Trail to Bear Lake and back to the TH. Expect a strenous, fairly long day. 8 - 10 hours? We will snowshoe up to the Emerald Lake to the base of the couloir and evaluate the conditions for safe climbing. Must be comfortable on steep snow/ice with crampons and ice ax, including self-arrest. Must have rope climbing skills in the event we have to use rope to deal with a gnarly section. Weather and snowpack conditions will be the drivers of do we climb or not.

Expected equipment to bring are ice ax, helmet, crampons, harness with 2 locking biners, picket if you have one, ice tool if you have one, ice screw if you have one, Avy gear (probe, beacon, shovel), snowshoes and winter weather gear.  10 Essentials, minimum (2) liters of H2O and food.  Extra gloves in the event a pair get wet climbing. Pocket/toe warmers. Personal medical kit with your personal medical and emergency contact information.


Trip is classified as "All Other" This is a technical snow climb with an estimated (C/D)-E rating due to difficulty, steepness and exposure.

The big keys are the snow climbing conditions and weather. Dragon's Tail has regular avalanche activity during the snow season - winter through spring.  Cornices can be an issue up top.  We will make snow pack observations and make team decisons based on our observations.  Our focus will be safety and risk mitigation. The objective hazards are avalanches and potential rockfall. There is a small, steep section that may require mixed climbing skills: rock, ice snow.