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By Nick Venechuk
From Golden, CO
Jun 27, 2014

Devan Johnson wrote:
What's still in this late in the season? (Front range) maybe tuning fork? Think north/ north west aspects would be better. Thanks.


Read on 14ers that Tuning Fork is in and skiing nice. Anyone know if the chutes on Evans are still skiable?


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By ixf729
From Boulder, CO
Jun 28, 2014

I would be psyched to hear if anyone gets on Dreamweaver this weekend and how it was. Thanks


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By GLD
Jun 30, 2014

Randkluft is new to me but I saw plenty this last weekend.

My partner and I climbed then skied NE couloir of Mt Ypsilon. Lots of runnels and randklufts to be seen! Skiing over the runnels was fun and watching the snow run down them extra fun.

The middle section was a class C canyon with flowing water. You definitely do not need a technical tool or screws, bring a mountaineering ax. The only pro we placed was a #1 camalot though you could skip that by staying in the stream. I would still bring a set of nuts. We were able to ski (with 2x taking the skis off, downclimbs in the canyon and to cross the stream by upper Fay lake) to just below middle Fay lake.

I took pictures of the climb as well as the top of the Y couloir (right fork) and Y face (left fork). Both still have HUGE cornices over them. Will upload photos later.


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By GLD
Jun 30, 2014

Oh yeah, snow conditions on the NE face were good for climbing, a little too much postholing up near the top but still good. We summitted around 1PM (it was a very long day).


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jun 30, 2014
Bocan

Still lots of snow in the IPW. Below is Pawnee on 6/28/ Most of the chutes and faces are still in, third keyhole being the best. Obviously can't ski from the summit. Lots of sastrugi everywhere, icy at the top and softer lower. No nighttime freezes so the snow was super soft for kicking. Trail back in was a cross between, clear, running water and deep but packed snow. Weather was fall conditions with gale force winds, snow / grauple and pretty chilly.


Pawnee, 6/28/14.
Pawnee, 6/28/14.


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By GLD
Jul 1, 2014

First a reminder that the ypsilon trail bridge was knocked out by the flood. Be prepared to cross on the logs 20m downstream and have good balance or poles or be prepared to wade through some swift water.
Photo of blitzen couloir

A look at Blitzen Couloir.
A look at Blitzen Couloir.

Photo of the melted out and flowing middle section of ne couloir
Late June melted out NE couloir of Ypsilon.
Late June melted out NE couloir of Ypsilon.

Photo of my friend near the top. Note the runnels
Mark near the top third of NE couloir.
Mark near the top third of NE couloir.

Pic of cornice protecting y couloir (right fork)
Cornice over Y-Couloir.
Cornice over Y-Couloir.

Pic of cornice over y face (left fork)
Y face from just below summit.
Y face from just below summit.

Pic of skier at bottom of ne couloir
Mark at the bottom of the NE couloir.
Mark at the bottom of the NE couloir.


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By Tim Zander
Jul 1, 2014

Dang, Cumbre really has melted out. Over memorial day we skied it top to bottom


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By Mike Morin
From On the Road
Jul 3, 2014
Lincoln Lake

Anyone know what conditions are like in Pacific Peak's Northeast Couloir? Melted at the top?


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By MartinH
From Downtown Denver
Jul 10, 2014

Any updates on Apache Peak? More specifically, the snow conditions in Apache couloir...thanks!


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By Shralpine
From boulder, co
Jul 11, 2014
one of the 5.10 pitches on pervertical

Any recent info on dreamweaver?


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2014
Bocan

Shralpine wrote:
Any recent info on dreamweaver?


Probably not worth the walk from what I've heard unless you don't mind at least 1/3 rock, and that was a week of heat ago.


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By Sagar Gondalia
From Golden
Jul 14, 2014
Right before stepping onto the Emmons Glacier, below Camp Schurman.

Did Skywalker Couloir yesterday. Snow was firm in spots, but we were able to kick steps as things got steeper. Got a late start, which definitely helped. Exited right. There was a small exposed rock section in the middle which was easily surmounted. I'd be surprised how much longer it'll remain in though.


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By VRP
From Morrison, CO
Jul 16, 2014
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Anyone been up to Brainaird in the last week? Curious if Toll is still skiable or what other lines in IPW may still be in.


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By TheYooper
Jul 16, 2014
Long's Peak and the Boulder Field

Any beta on Airplane Gully on Navajo? Considering our snowpack, I thought this might be a good forum for this post.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 17, 2014
Bocan

TheYooper wrote:
Any beta on Airplane Gully on Navajo? Considering our snowpack, I thought this might be a good forum for this post.


I wonder if all this local rain has been rain up high?


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By Jon E.
Jul 18, 2014

Does anyone have any recent conditions for Dead Dog?


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By David Ponak
From Broomfield, Colorado
Jul 18, 2014

Airplane gully is dry, Queen's Way snow was in good shape. Here's pictures from my trip on Tuesday https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152998026680283.>>>


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2014
Bocan

David Ponak wrote:
Airplane gully is dry, Queen's Way snow was in good shape. Here's pictures from my trip on Tuesday https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152998026680283.>>>


Sweet gingerbeard!


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
5 days ago
Bocan

Any summit locals know the condition of the 4th of July bowl? Thinking of riding this weekend or tomorrow. Or anything that's in with less sastrugi


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By GLD
4 days ago

Scott McMahon wrote:
Any summit locals know the condition of the 4th of July bowl? Thinking of riding this weekend or tomorrow. Or anything that's in with less sastrugi

Sorry Scott meant to email you. I'm guessing the bowl is the area further up valley from the mine? If so this photo of it last Saturday may help. Also I'm including a photo of skywalker which skied ok and has a large gap in the middle. If the bowl is the small field lookers left of skywalker that was still in and had tracks on it last Saturday meaning someone probably did it Friday.
4th of July bowl maybe?
4th of July bowl maybe?


Skywalker July 19
Skywalker July 19


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