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Date Sunday  4/28/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Dragon's Tooth Couloir ASC Instructor Practice Session (Fort Collins)
Start Time 5:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Waitlist Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class IV
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 2400
Driving Distance 120


Meeting time: 5:00 a.m.
Meeting location: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center parking lot, RMNP

For more info Contact

John Raich,


This is one of the practice sessions for instructors and assistants of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins).

Dragon's Tooth Couloir is just west of the more popular Dragons Tail Couloir above Emerald Lake in RMNP. It sees fewer ski descents because of a rock band in the upper third - so fewer descending skiers to worry about on the climb. The rock band varies from 5 to 20 feet in height, depending on snow coverage. Rock climbing difficulty varies with snow coverage between class 4 to mid 5th class with possible icy spots. Be prepared for about 1,500' of moderately steep snow climbing, maximum snow slope angle is about 45 degrees. We plan to rope up on portions of the route. We may climb all or a portion of the route, depending on conditions.

The approach is via the Emerald Lake trail and the snow apron below the couloirs. The trail to Emerald Lake is usually well-packed, so snowshoes are usually not needed. The top of the climb is on Flattop Mtn. Descent is via the Flattop trail on the east slope.
Route Descriptions:
Map: Trails Illustrated #301

Bring helmet, ice ax, crampons, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners, belay-rappel device, a sling or two, mountaineering boots, ice ax, belay/rappel device, gaiters, cold weather clothing, wind and sun protection, lunch, and drink.

Bring additional climbing gear if you have it: rope, modest selection of rock pro, a snow picket, more slings and carabiners. Snowshoes are likely not needed for this climb.


ASC instructors have priority on this climb. Instructors should register by April 21. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be moved to the trip list provided there is space.


This program is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please complete the form below. If a spot opens up you will be contacted.

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