Dragons Egg couloir (Mt. Meeker)

Dragons Egg couloir (Mt. Meeker)

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 40.24851°N / 105.60478°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: May 19, 2019
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Spring

Dragon's Egg couloir


Climb of Dragon's Egg couloir on Mt. Meeker on Sunday 2019/5/19. It was an unseasonably cold forecast. I reached the top of the couloir at 11:30 and then it started snowing...

Times: I woke up in town early (to boil water to prevent freezing) at 1:45 am; i left home at 2:07; I geared up and left the lot at Wild Basin at N40.21978 W105.53436 at 8,310' at 3:38; I walked out of (most of) the fog N40.21702 W105.56008 at 9,203 to encounter snow much of the rest of the way (the true start of the spring melt was weeks behind this year); i departed from the Sandbeach lake trail at N40.22177 W105.59596 at 10,133'; i put on crampons to start from the base of the couloir at N40.23163 W105.60314 at 10,611' at 7:19; I reached the Dragon's Egg rock at N40.24141 W105.60242 at 12,087' at 9:33; topped out at N40.24748 W105.60303 at 13,494' at 11:30 am. Descending, i reached the lot at 4pm.

Angles: 21.3 to 29.9 degrees at the base and above the bend in the couloir; 34.4 in the upper section of the left fork above the Dragon's Egg rock; 33.3 to 39.3 at the top of the main chute.

Climbing diagram: The main route in blue follows up from the base at N40.23163 W105.60314 at 10,611' to the bend at N40.23583 W105.60253 at 11,096' and then up to the Dragon's Egg rock. You may detour (green) at Dragon's Egg rock at N40.24141 W105.60242 at 12,087' or stay in the main chute (blue). If the snow is thin or you see no clear path of snow to the summit ridge in the main chute (in blue), the detour (in green) can be used to top out on the Loft near N40.24824 W105.60567. This avoids the more treacherous direct approach of Meeker summit by scrambling to gain the summit on large boulders and snow from the west. If you follow the detour, you may cut right (in red) near N40.24506 W105.60451 at 12,922' to rejoin the main chute (in blue) at N40.24748 W105.60303 at 13,494'. From here multiple paths to the summit ridge are possible, depending on the snow and/or your ability to mixed climb & dry tool. Look for any lines of snow that might exist to help gain the summit ridge. The most direct path is shown in blue, which avoids much of the extraneous steep ridge east of the summit. One strategic possibility is the try to gain a low point on the ridge at the top of Dreamweaver couloir on the north side of Meeker at N40.24876 W105.60383. Mt. Meeker summit is at N40.24851 W105.60478 at 13,952'. From the summit downclimb the couloir. If you find yourself in weather or avoiding the snow later in the day, the rock east and south of the main chute may be used to descend along the couloir to lower elevation.

Link to album of photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/19047247@N04/albums/72157705241478652


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