Skywalker Couloir w/traverse of the Arapahos

Skywalker Couloir w/traverse of the Arapahos

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 10, 2007
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Mixed, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Spring
Skywalker Couloir was on Jeff and my wishlist for the season so when we'd heard that it was in we decided to give it ago. Though Brian had been up it twice before we talked him into joining us.

We met at the trailhead about 5:15 and were hiking up the trail about 5:30. We reached the base of the couloir a little before 7:00 where we met up with several familiar people I'd hung out with on various mountain web sites and message boards - Doug Shaw and Wes Go.

After exchanging hellos we set off up the couloir. The snow was fairly hard and not very steep at the bottom and we cruised up the lower section. About halfway up it got a little bit steeper and our pace slowed. The top was pretty steep and the snow was very hard. Right before the top I deployed my second tool and was happy to have it. Although not necessary, it was nice to have an added, extra sense of security on the very hard, 60+ degree snow. We topped out into the sunshine about 9:00.

The weather forecast hadn't been that great, but as we topped out we couldn't find a cloud in the sky. Conditions looked optimal for a traverse over to North Arapaho Peak too. We had a quick snack and set off. The traverse was a lot easier than I expected - perhaps the snow covered a lot of the difficulties. Really the only two sections that even made us stop to think twice were the famous slab, and a steep snow chute where the snow was pretty crappy. Other than that the traverse was a piece of cake and we did it in about an hour and fifteen minutes.

We took another snack break on the summit of North Arapaho Peak before making the return trip. We arrived back on the summit of South Arapaho Peak at about noon. We managed to find a small snowfield to glissade down on the way back to the car. With a leisurely pace we made it back to the car at about 2:00pm.

Another fine day out in the hills.


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zenalpinist - Jun 12, 2007 4:54 pm - Voted 10/10


What a hoot! Great video and audio editing man, I'm still grinning. Also, that pull-away shot of me near the end on top of the slab crux (on the ridge), it looked like I was on top of some crazy spire or something. Great shooting!. Great day and friends!


Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Jun 12, 2007 7:35 pm - Voted 10/10


superb video, like always. I particularly like the song selection on this one, very well played sir. Looks like you had a great time, and looked like a pretty fun climb. My favorite part was the rock... Look forward to getting on Bell Cord with the crew in a couple of weeks.


Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - Jun 12, 2007 9:47 pm - Voted 10/10


I love the video. Looks like you had a good time. I'm thinking about doing Skywalker this weekend. Peace out.


Hoot - Jun 12, 2007 10:40 pm - Hasn't voted

A hoot!

In a sense it was a bit of a Hoot. You guys were following my and Kevin's footsteps from Saturday when we did the same route (excepted finishing Skywalker on Han Solo). Brian, I think we met last March (2006) on our aborted attempt of Kelso Ridge. Great video!



zenalpinist - Jun 12, 2007 11:14 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: A hoot!

Whoa! Who is this? You guys were from the Academy yeah? Oh man, get me your contact information again because last year was utter hell-shit for me and I lost a lot of things. I can get you some photos.

Thanks for the steps every so often up skywalker, I chopped a few more here and there to make the upper section of Leia a bit less dicey.



zenalpinist - Jun 12, 2007 11:42 pm - Voted 10/10

I just noticed...

..we were really logjamed at that top section. If Wes Go (in the front) slipped, we'd all have gone with him to bottom like such much bowling pins.


dpk - Jun 17, 2007 2:30 pm - Voted 10/10

slip n'slide

great vid - liked the glissade the best!

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