pretty cool climb up the dragon's tail on memorial day. good snow conditions as i was able to climb lots of the route in the shade and top out early morning. fun day in RMNP!
Dragon's tail in march, great climb, conditions weren't good, but still we did enjoy this climb. Great route.
with a guide. first mountaineering route!
Don't know why I had put off this super quick and accessible training run. An easy route to do laps on.
Took the left branch. Great snow conditions. Bit of fairly easy icy rock near top. Nice climb, especially considering the short and easy approach.
Was there still quite a bit of snow in the couloir and what did the base (apron) look like when you climbed it last? Did you go solo?
Long day since we roped up the entire route to practice simul climbing, although this is definitely not needed. Great setting.
supa fun day climbing and skiing this piece of real estate with a clown :0
Deep snows this year made this climb very straightforward, like climbing a really long slushy staircase. There was a small piece of ice in at the rock step, but I wish there had been about 100 meters more!
Very scenic but somewhat boring climb. Was expecting more based on Cooper's book, but the route was very filled in during early 2011.
A very enjoyable couloir climb. A chunk of snow from the walls above us almost took out Heather... scary! The exit was my favorite part.
Soft by 7am, CTC in 4:30, descent via Flattop Trail
Aesthetic line in a beautiful setting. Weather was perfect.
Thanks to the warm winter the snow in the couloir was pretty nice for a March climb. The sidewall however decided to shed a layer down on us. The crux still had enough snow on it that it seemed more like a short class 3 scramble. A great climb overall!
This was a fun and fast climb with Haliku. We had a moment of mutual respect with the skiers about to descend.
I climbed with slowpoke. The couloir had somewhere around a foot of new snow in it covering the wet and poorly consolidated snow underneath. The climb consisted of a relentless plowing upward to form a trench. It was good that there was a big group of us up there to break trail! Plenty of spindrift blowing up the couloir, with a couple of small snow slides near the top. Did I mention that it felt freaking cold! What month was it again? It sure felt like a winter climb!
First couloir of the season! Conditions varied from really stable avy debris to complete sugar powder - but no slabs forming up the whole length.
This was my intro to mountaineering and it was incredible. I'm hooked!
Who'da thunk it? Turned out to be sweet conditions! Enough snow to avoid scree, enough rock to keep it exciting, non-threatening weather, dry approach hike. I couldn't imagine it any better! I recommend light rack and small rope in the Autumn. With Jim C.