Dragon's Egg Couloir Ski Descent
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|Type: ||Snow, Alpine, Grade II|
|FA: ||Never heard of anyone else on it before Miller & myself.|
|Submitted By: ||Ken Trout on Apr 19, 2003|
Mt. Meeker Traverse.
Loft ascent, Dragon's Egg Co...
Meeker is where I go to pretend I'm in Chamonix. The Dragons Egg Couloir is easily seen from Denver, just right of Longs. If it looks phat, then go!
Ascending Dreamweaver's ice and then skiing Dragon's Egg Couloir is the way to go. Most ski haulers doing Dreamweaver just ski the Loft, steeper, but only a third the size. Another advantage to Dreamweaver & Dragon's Egg is that both gullies crest at the same place on the summit ridge. Avoiding the ski carry over the summit boulder to reach the Loft is another bonus.
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BETA PHOTO: Dragons Egg Couloir on 5/24/03. The Dragons Egg i...
This photo, taken on June 6th from the summit of A...
BETA PHOTO: Dragon Egg Couloir in 03-03-2007 as seen from Meek...
Kirk Miller, not far below the col.
BETA PHOTO: Dragon's Egg marked.
Tim likes glissade, I carri...
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Meeker.
Dragon's Egg Couloir.
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|Comments on Dragon's Egg Couloir Ski Descent
|By Joel Levenberg|
May 9, 2003
On 5/3, we departed from and returned to the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead, thus avoiding the shuttle. We climbed up Meeker ridge to about 11,000 ft, then traversed over to the most eastern of the two couloirs east of the dragon's egg, and climbed it direct. It was a long day (close to 11 hours), but it was well worth the effort. There was enough snow to ski within about 1 mile of the trailhead.
Typical spring conditions for this type of altitude. Transitioned from hard, firm snow up top to creamy corn in the middle, to sticky mush at the bottom. This will be good until about mid June '03 if we keep getting cloudy, unsettled weather.
Great view of the park and the northern Indian Peaks. Long, long long ski down. Around 35 degrees.
If we had stayed on the Meeker Ridge until the summit, we would have had to cross an awkward class 3, exposed ridge with HUGE wind gusts and heavy backpacks. I would highly recommend a rope for this route. The couloir we did climb was quite uneventful until the last 150 vertical feet. You must navigate through rocks and thin snow. Definitely recommend an axe and/or crampons for the top.
|By Stephen Carlos Rydalch|
From: Golden, CO
Apr 24, 2008
rating: Steep Snow
Notes from a climb dated 3/3/2007: (sorry for redundancy)
You can do this route without a shuttle from the Sand Beach Lake TH at the Wild Basin RMNP entrance. The base of Mount Meeker can be reached in the winter by bushwhacking north for 1 mile from Sand Beach Lake.
Hiking the extra distance along the trail all the way to Sand Beach Lake, instead of turning off at Hunter Creek, offers a shorter snow slog, plus you can just follow the creek up if you get lost.
Before turning off trail take a bearing of the summit and keep on it. You will regain the view just before Meeker Meadows. Meeker Meadows is a fantastic place to camp. Lots of ptarmigans. I also saw tons of bighorns on a summer hike through here.
The summit of Mount Meeker can be reached by following the southwest ridge (middle left, above the egg in the Meeker Meadows photo) to its intersection with the West (left, perpendicular) ridge.
The tricky part is a traverse at the intersection. There is a very exposed class 3 section. Axe and crampons are in order. A rope and some rock pro for a belay wouldn't hurt either. There are a lot of possibilities for obtaining the West Ridge. Stay on easy terrain for as long as possible.
A Very long day if you do it one push from the Sand Beach Lake Trailhead.
|By topher donahue|
May 4, 2012
It was skied in the '90s for sure (Mike Pennings and partner), probably in the '80s too - it's a super obvious ski objective. First ski descents in The Park are pretty hard to know - recording such things wasn't really part of the local culture until recently, and there was a really active and talented ski mountaineering community living and exploring on skis in the area in the '80s.
Approaching from Wild Basin without a car shuttle is the best way to go - it allows you to travel lighter, without crampons, and leave skins/headlamps/water/food/etc. on the way up so you can be really light for the thin air section, and most importantly it saves a lot of driving on both ends. Then having a track down makes route-finding easy in the trees and overall the benefits outweigh the slightly shorter hike from the Long's Peak side.
|By doug haller|
May 28, 2013
Climbed Dreamweaver and descended Dragon's Egg. Clouds in the AM kept the climb solid while sun late in the AM softened snow for ski down.
Comments: car to car in about 12 hours (expect others would reduce this time, I was having slow day and thank my partner waiting).
Key beta: know your route finding skills from the end of the ski run to the lake - Sand Beach Lake. The hiking trail from Sandbeach Lake to parking lot at Wild Basin is NOT blazed. Why? Don't know but would be a good project for someone to add blazes. Look for the trail at the NE aspect of the lake. Getting from the base of the ski run to the lake requires orienteering and bushwhacking. We did not find any obvious trail.
Times: Long's Peak to base of Dreamweaver: approx. 3.5 hours; Dreamweaver to summit 3 hours; ski descent 45 minutes; hike out 4.5 hours.