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renzodana couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2016


Manky snow sun in the sun (above/below) and firm to icey in the shade. A fun climb up but decided not to splitboard down it and hiked down standard trail.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 5:03 pm

Bill562Skied  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2016


Skiing conditions were the best above and below the couloir. Recommend climbing the couloir first before committing to ski it.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 11:42 pm

cdogfun jaunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2014


nice solo up Dana Couloir, over the summit, and down the NW Ridge to my truck at Tioga Lake. Half the lower couloir is water ice already, but I was able to stay right and climb quickly on solid neve.
Posted Jun 6, 2014 2:47 pm

DebPrimo Snow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2013


Stellar snow climbing conditions for one axe from bottom to top; tech tools not needed. Continuous snow to the bore of a summit too. Lovely day!
Posted May 26, 2013 9:20 pm

michaelpback on snow  Sucess!


First climb back on sierra snow in many years. Good snow conditions, great fun.
Posted Mar 2, 2012 11:21 am

aranGreat first couloir!  Sucess!


Fun day out- left the parking lot around 5:30am- the couloir was firm snow, nice and easy to climb for a first one. Topped out to the best views of Mono lake, then hours of shitty scree descent...

Oh well. Great day out!
Posted Oct 1, 2011 8:51 pm

Darren9Straightforward  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


Climbed with Sarah on an SMG outing. Still only firm, not really icy yet. Bergschrund is open but easily avoidable.
Posted Sep 17, 2011 3:29 pm

Vitaliy M.fun  Sucess!

Vitaliy M.

Fun solo day. Started out from LVC parking lot because the road was still closed.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 1:29 am

kayakjamieEllery bowl not skiable  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011


Dana Couloir snow conditions were great. An easy ski. It is great to hook up with Ellery Bowl. Ellery bowl was not skiable. There was a 30' cornice on the left that looked like it could fall at any moment. There had been a big slide on the left. The snow was a bit rotten with big exposure on the steep section with exposed rocks at the bottom of the pitch.
Posted Jun 19, 2011 1:50 pm

GigaMikeDana Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010


Climb the Dana Couloir with my friend westhegimp. Good intro to alpine ice.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 10:49 pm

myjudge1st Time climbing around Tioga  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2010


Great climb after the first snow storm this Fall. Beautiful view from the summit! The couloir was about a foot or more of fresh snow with solid ice underneath. We were able to place screws near the bottom, but then had to use pickets the rest of the way. Decided to switch to a running belay about halfway. Not quite as steep as we expected, but still very fun. Lots of security with the new snow. It would have been very different a week before on ice.
Long day (6:30am-7pm) and difficult to navigate without a trail, but as long as you stay high on the ridge down from the summit and can follow the creek back to Tioga Lake you're fine.
Posted Oct 27, 2010 2:00 pm

haishanfirst long AI lead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010


Stayed too high on the approach and encountered some cool crevasses while traversing over to the bergschrund. Good, variable conditions, a fun climb.
Posted Oct 19, 2010 11:12 pm

rhyangEnjoyable solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2010


Chilly late-summer morning. Bergschrund open, but there was a good snowbridge on the right hand side. Ice stretched full across the couloir, though less so on the left, so I headed up that way.

Mostly neve, but the ice was clear as glass in places. Beautiful day up top, hiked down usual tourist trail.

Also climbed it in 2004, 2005 and 2006 -- always late summer / early fall.
Posted Sep 17, 2010 1:30 am

bizDana couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2010


Great conditions and a relatively fun approach. 5 pitches to the top of the couloir. Climbed with Mark Stoldz.
Posted Jul 6, 2010 1:53 pm

Vertigo soulSki descent of the Dana Cooly!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

Vertigo soul

The snow in the couloir was surprisingly softer than expected and kicking steps was quite easy. Toured over to the plateau and towards the top of Ellery Bowl. Pretty soft and sticky by that time of the day. Great day and a couple Tioga Pass classic descents!
Posted Jun 7, 2010 1:23 pm

pjc30943Not struck, luckily  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008
Lots of rockfall, a few novel-sized blocks whirred by within several feet. Great climb with great scenery.
Posted Aug 5, 2009 2:25 am

JHH60Blue ice conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Hard ice, falling rock, fun!
Posted Jun 24, 2009 9:05 pm

tb00957dana couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008
Mostly snow with some icy spots.
Posted Oct 6, 2008 4:51 pm

NefsekDana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Great first ice climb...
Posted Jul 28, 2008 12:59 am

Fred BagniDana Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Fred Bagni

Decided to scope it out for a trip in August... 36 hour round trip from Los Angeles. Ice is melting fast... Top is melted out and the whole couloir was very slushy. Soloed some of it. Screws used for psychological reasons... I don't think they would have held. Used one or two between pitches... Rock fall and mud flow on the left side. Tagged the summit. Great weather.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 7:55 pm

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