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Sarah SimonNo name / Scottish Coulior
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2008

Sarah Simon

This was my second visit to Flattop. This time I decided to take a "backdoor" up the Scottish / No name Couloir on the south side. This was my first couloir climb, so I confess to being totally exhausted by the time I reached the top. I skipped the last 25 vertical feet or so to the summit. Why? Dunno. I was pooped, it was cold, and I had already put my feet on the summit years ago. (Man, I get lazy as I age.) Glissaded down "Banana Shutes" and shuffled on back to the truck.
Posted Jan 28, 2008 4:04 pm

ClimbandMineFirst of the couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1999


Hourglass couloir, east couloir, west couloir, and dragon's tail couloir. not all in the same day.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 6:40 pm

BonesawVia Dragon's Tail Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2002


My intro to mountaineering! Probably the single best day of my life up to that point! Loved it!!!
Posted Jan 11, 2008 9:57 am

Ejnar FjerdingstadStandard route  Sucess!

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

A fairly uncomplicated hike, except that we had our two children of 4½ and 2½ years with us (their first climb). The oldest, our son, did very well both up and down. Our daughter kept complaining about "all the stones", and to get her to the top I had to carry her the last 15 minutes, and promise to carry her all the way down. Since she weighed 30 pounds, I got quite tired in the arms! We lowed the view from the top, very nice scenery.
Posted Jan 2, 2008 6:17 am

bighornmonkeyDone...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2007


Ascended the main trail. easy trail obviously but fierce winds.
Posted Dec 27, 2007 4:25 am

jwclimbsThe long way down..  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2007


Traversed over from Notchtop for the "scenic" route back to the car.
Posted Nov 28, 2007 2:04 am

Timothy PearlA windy one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2007

Timothy Pearl

Summited after ascent of east face of Notchtop. This was the easiest way down in 60mph wind after sunset. Not a bad walk except the friggin' ice on the trail all the way down. Indian summer makes for great ice climbing, but horrible trails. With Jim C (mountainlord)
Posted Nov 14, 2007 4:30 pm

shanahan96windy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007


climbed with jamie from bear lake. this was the first of three peaks on our flattop-hallett-otis loop. nice trail, a little flat for my liking.

Posted Oct 28, 2007 6:46 pm

EastcoastMikeA little sick...  Sucess!


Came from sea level the day before and was going to hike along the divide to Andrew's glacier but felt a little sick on top so we turned back.
Posted Oct 17, 2007 10:56 pm

argothorFlattop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1996


Hiked up from Bear Lake with my brother. Then went to Hallett and came down via Andrews Glacier.
Posted Sep 28, 2007 5:03 pm

ferdinandverboomGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006


It had snowed a lot and my brother and I went up without snowshoes, but we made it, we were the only people on the trail that day. The trail wasn't actually really there either. It was very windy at the summit.
Posted Sep 6, 2007 6:47 am

StaufferBeautiful Morning Turns To Hail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007


Planned on Hallett too, but clouds started coming in late mornnig. Had a nice hail/rain storm banging on us for the last half-mile. Great day, though.
Posted Aug 3, 2007 12:00 pm

uteseven a newbie can do it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007
Challenging but good, very pretty in the morning.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 7:01 pm

GrrlThat'll Do  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007


We were actually aiming for Hallet Peak, but ominous clouds turned us around as soon as we summitted Flattop. Oh well, next time!
Posted Aug 1, 2007 4:13 am

Arthur Digbeegreat hike  Sucess!

Arthur Digbee

Though the trail is all switchbacks, the grade agreed with us. With an early start we reached the top before 8:00am, making Hallett an easy add-on with perfect weather.
Posted Jul 25, 2007 6:59 pm

Stu BrandelWith my Son  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2001

Stu Brandel

Enjoyed hike with my son to top - but his altitude sickness kept us from other peaks. Cloudy.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 10:12 pm

shknbkevia Dragon's Tail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007


Awesome climb up Dragon's Tail to the ho-hum summit. Traversed over to Powell. Long day.
Posted Jun 14, 2007 12:45 am

Scott PierceShould have had a glissade!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

Scott Pierce

Plenty o' fun in Dragons Tail Couloir.

But a painful, posthole descent in breakable crust overlaying crotch deep sludge which in turn obscured Flattop Trail. Since neither of us had ever been on the trail, we ended up bushwhacking large sections on top of everything else.

Next time, GLISSADE TYNDALL GLACIER! Especially stupid since I made my partner walk the best part of a mile in a gale to tag the 10-acre patch that passes for a summit block! Another 20 minutes and we could have been sliding for home like champs. Instead we post-holed down like chumps.
Posted Jun 8, 2007 1:59 pm

BritetteN Couloir from Lake Helene  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2006


Solo trip with ski goals. Climbed and descended (beautiful powder) a couloir on north side. Spent a lot of time looking for the summit. Its flat up there.
Posted May 25, 2007 3:07 pm

KruckGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2007


May 2007: The trail has a superb grade. Not too steep, not too flat. Hip-high snow was mushy by 11 a.m. with severe off-trail postholing. 15 minutes to the top and blown off by 10 a.m. lightning. Spring mountain weather. Gotta love it.

Oct. 2007: ... Returned en route to Hallett. High wind from the west. Ranger station posted 29 mph w/ gusts above 40 mph. I believe it. Snow was hard enough to make for good travel where it hadn't alll blown away.
Posted May 21, 2007 11:25 am

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