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Date Saturday  6/19/2021
End Date
Group Northern Colorado
Event Title Snow Couloir Climb - Nokhuloir
Start Time 4:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader John Raich
Co-Leader Debra Kirk
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Waitlist Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class IV
Pace Casual
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 120

Location

PLEASE NOTE MEETING TIMES DEPEND ON MEETING LOCATION:

Meeting location: Lake Agnes winter parking lot on highway 14 a few miles west of the top of Cameron Pass. A Colorado State Parks permit is required to park there or a temporary pass can be purchased at a sign at the start of the access road.
Departure time: We'll depart the Lake Agnes winter trailhead parking lot at 4:00 a.m.

There is an option to caravan with cars or carpool from the following location starting at 2:00 a.m.:
Junction of highways 14 and 287 about 10 miles NW of downtown Fort Collins. Please note that this meeting place is where highway 14 leaves highway 287 and enters the Poudre Canyon. Turn off 287 at sign to the Poudre Canyon.
Map of the alternate meeting location: https://colorado.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,177200,n,teds%20place.cfm
Please note that carpooling is not advised for those not fully vaccinated.

The Lake Agnes access road is likely to be still closed on the scheduled date. If it is not, we may be able to drive beyond the winter trailhead.


For more info Contact

John Raich, john.raich@colostate.edu

Details

REVISED LOCATION
The trip is an intermediate snow climb intended for those who have completed a basic snow climbing course and have some prior experience. The Nokhu couloirs are at the head of the Nokhu cirque and are accessed from the Lake Agnes winter trailhead on highway 14 on the west side of Cameron Pass. Here is an overview of the various couloirs: https://www.frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-crags.
Approach is via access roads, old logging roads, and off trail hiking on tundra, talus, and snow. Pace will be casual (fairly slow).

The Nokhuloir climb starts on the snow apron at a moderate angle. The couloir gradually narrows and steepens to over 40 degrees with the steepest portion near the top. Climbing the couloir allows one to scramble to the top of the south summit of the Nokhu Crags (class 3 loose rock). The descent requires downclimbing the couloir. Here are descriptions:
https://www.summitpost.org/nokhuloir-and-grand-central-couloir/195584
https://www.jamesjusthiking.com/2009-trip-reports/nokhu-crags

The expectation is that most participants will climb and descend the route unroped. However, you should be prepared to rope up if conditions warrant. Conditions for roping up and placing anchors include: hard snow, very steep snow, poor runouts, obstacles such as moats and rocks below, need for added security, i.e circumstances where self-arrest is difficult.

Other couloirs adjacent to the Nokhuloir are possible options. Several don't require descending the couloir.

Participants should have familiarity with self-arrest and use of ice ax and crampons, ascending and descending steep snow, and rope tie-in and basic climbing gear. Gear needed: mountaineering boots, ice ax, crampons fitted to your boots, gaiters, climbing harness, helmet, a 120 cm (48") sling, a locking carabiner, pack large enough to carry some group gear. Leader will inform participants if snowshoes/floatation devices are needed.

Depending on conditions, the climb location and date may be changed.


Notes

By signing up for this trip, participants agree to share contact information with other participants.

We'll follow CMC Covid-19 protocols: https://www.cmc.org/COVID-19andCMCProgramming.aspx. Carpooling is allowed for fully vaccinated members.



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