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LETS PLAN ON MEETING AT THE TRAILHEAD AT 6:00 am. For those of you wanting to car pool I will be at the Wooly Mammoth at 4:00 am. Cristo Couloir is a moderate snow climb with a max steepness around 40 degrees. Total elevation gain is around 2600 feet with a round trip route of ~ 2.5 miles assuming the road is completely open to the Dam. If the road is not open we need to hike 2 miles to the trailhead. The Trailhead: From Breck, drive 8 miles south on CO 9. On a sharp corner of CO 9, turn west onto the 850 road (Blue Lakes road). It is 2 miles to the trailhead below the dam. Continue on Blue Lakes road as it climbs west. After 1.2 miles, keep right. After 1.4 miles, keep right again. Drive as far as possible and if the road is not passible snowshoe to the dam. From the dam we will bushwhack approximately 400 feet to the base of the couloir. We will then strap on our crampons and begin our ascent up the snow field. We will descend the same line we take up the couloir practicing footwork and eventually glissading when the conditions permit. Equipment: Mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, and if you have a harness bring it to practice using rope and snow anchors. You will need two locking carabiners and a belay device as well. THIS CLIMB WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IF SNOW CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE. I will try to check the conditions prior to the climb and let everyone know. Must have experience on using an ice axe to self-arrest and be comfortable in steep snow conditions More info as the date nears...
Hi all- this is weather-dependent but hope we end up with a bluebird day. Meet at the TH at 0530 so we get done early. TH is about a 3 hour drive from Denver so plan accordingly. I plan to camp out at the trailhead so heading out on Saturday Shavano is a fun climb. It tops out at about 35 degrees. Bring your mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, and other stuff. Check out: https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=shav4&peak=Mt.+Shavano+and+Tabeguache+Peak
Yes it is time to climb Snoopy again this year :). We will be taking route number one to the top and route number 2 to the bottom from the link below. This is a moderately steep climb of approximately 600 feet from the base to the saddle. You will need to be very comfortable using crampons and an ice axe for self arrest. I will add additional information as the date nears and my adjust the date depending on weather or other circumstances but wanted to get this out there as a target date. BTW I will be scheduling many more couloir climbs this year as the snow this winter has been marvelous :). https://www.frontrangeskimo.com/citadel PLEASE ONLY RSVP if you have experience snow climbing. I will be setting up beginning couloir climbing meetups soon. Thanks!