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Date Monday  5/27/2019
End Date
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Y Couloir - Pikes Peak
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader David Kuenzli
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type All Other
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 3.4
Elevation Gain 2680
Driving Distance 60


Pikes Peak (14,115') - Y Couloir (likely Direct Route) via Rumdoodle Ridge.

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Leader: David Kuenzli

Mobile:  813-465-4716


EXPLORATORY.  Down climb Rumdoodle Ridge to Bottomless Pit.  Climb up the Y Couloir, likely Direct Route, eat a donut at the Summit House, then hike back to the cars.  I have not completed this climb but I am using CMC PPG legend "Hoot" Gibson's beta.  This classic, physically demanding, somewhat dodgy alpine climb on Pikes Peak north face is intended for recent Alpine Snow and Avalanche 1 graduates.  Expect moderate pace route-finding, class 3 rock scramble, and steep snow.  Mandatory additional equipment includes helmet, alpine axe, crampons, beacon, probe and shovel.  Mandatory school completion of Avalanche 1 and Alpine Snow.  Register with leader by emailing me:

- Confirm graduate of Avalanche 1 and Alpine Snow

- Confirm possession of mandatory equipment

- List of climbing or hiking experience within the two years which would illustrate you'll be capable on this type of terrain.

- Sample of your weekly fitness routine.  For example, "I exercise 5 days per week.  I complete a muscular strength or endurance workout twice per week and aerobic capacity workout three days per week.  One of those aerobic sessions is hiking with elevation gain."


8 participants.  All strong and capable!  All summitted.

Good snow conditions.  Snow softer up high as temperatures stay cooler.  

Attendents at mile 16 let us through to park at Rumdoodle Ridge, then Shuttle at summit dropped us back off.

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