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  1. #1
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    TR: skiing in RMNP March 22-25

    Did a little camping in RMNP along with some spring skiing where we could find snow.

    Trees down on the North Inlet trail
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    Snow wasn't bad up by July campground
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    Booting some unnamed(to my knowledge) couloir from July campground to the divide
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    Top of the couloir
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    Looking down Andrew's Glacier
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    Snow on Andrew's was fine, skied down to the tarn, booted to the snowfield and skied down most of the way.
    Anyone ever skied these lines off the back of sharkstooth/petit?
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    Divide is pretty bare of snow, that evening
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    Next day, hike to flat top, tried to ski what I thought was dragons tooth, maybe not? Ran out of snow 300 feet down

    Near the top
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    All rock for awhile
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    Looking back up
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    It was my first time skiing in the area, if I was in a different couloir I'd love to be corrected

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    Skied Corral Couloir, it was nice at the top, a little too soft at the bottom. A little down climb at the bottom to get to the glacier
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    Then skied Ptarmigan Finger

    Much of the snow was a little firm
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    Crux barely fit the skis
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    A bit of a downclimb(I think this is the pic of it)
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    Bottom was fun corn
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    Then booted back up to the top(didn't know if the glacier route would go up easily as the headwall looked heinous)

    On the way out skied the unknown couloir to July campground area
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    Lots of fun with nice corn on the slope below the couloir

  3. #3
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    Thanks for the report.
    I french kissed Kelly Kapowski.

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    Dead Elk Couloir TR

    @timmaio- That looks like the top of Dragon's Tooth (aka Dead Elk). We skied that line on Sunday. It was a blast! Can't believe the snow conditions we are experiencing though. Better get after it while you can. Doesn't look like the snow will last very long this year.


    On the approach, at Dream Lake:


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7848375...in/photostream

    About to begin the skin up the apron:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7848375...in/photostream

    Looking up the couloir into the snowless rock section, we ended our climb here for obvious reasons:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7848375...in/photostream

    A view down the line:

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    The group hanging out at the rock outcrop at the top of the apron:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7848375...in/photostream

    Departing shot, Dragon's Tail is looking nice:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7848375...in/photostream


    Overall it was a great day to be out! Will most likely be returning this weekend to ski Dragon's Tail (weather permitting). It was pretty slushy but didnt see too many signs of wet slide activity. I think we timed it about right this day.

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    I looked at what appeared to be the line one east and it looked like it was in worse shape than the top of the one we ended up skiing(now two people have said it was dead elk/dragons tooth). Oh well, next time I'll try for the tail.

    Looks fun, thanks for more beta.

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    Looking pretty thin up there. Way to get after it anyways.
    "The idea wasnt for me, that I would be the only one that would ever do this. My idea was that everybody should be doing this. At the time nobody was, but this was something thats too much fun to pass up." -Briggs
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    Wear your climbing harness. Attach a big anodized locker to your belay loop so its in prime position to hit your nuts. Double russian Ti icescrews on your side loops positioned for maximal anal rape when you sit down. Then everyone will know your radness
    More stoke, less shit.

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