After the previous weekend we were intent on finding a north-facing couloir to climb - we found one on the north side of Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. According to Gillett, Flattop Gully saw its first ascent by Topher Donahue only 7 years ago in 1999. It surprised me that such a fun route on such a popular mountain had seen so few ascents - add us to the list!
"Never! Never, Marge! I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors - oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called city fathers, who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about what's to be done with this Homer Simpson?!"