I have shortlisted the following couloirs and will attempt one of them next Saturday. I will be flying in from Houston, so I would appreciate any info on the conditions of these couloirs: 1. Hopeful 2. Lost Rat 3. Edwardian 4. Atlantis 5. Apache I have some experience with crampons and ice axe. I plan to hike to the base of the couloir and camp overnight since I am a slow hiker and not great with exertion at altitude (I’m from Houston). Is this a reasonable idea? Should be very windy in addition to the cold. I have some experience camping in cold and wind. As always, any info will be greatly appreciated.
I don't know about conditions, except that there isn't a lot of snow. I wouldn't expect it to be very cold. Right now, it is 35F at 14,000 feet, 60F at 9200' on the front range. Barely supposed to get down to freezing in Breck next weekend, but you might get rained on.
Was on Skywalker Sunday May 13. The road is open, the trail is an easy hike. The snow unfortunately starts a few hundred meters up the apron; I thought the talus hike up to it was the crux (because snowy talus is annoying). The snow in the couloir is great, but disappearing fast.