telemarker Posted January 8, 2013 Share Posted January 8, 2013 (edited) Trip: Dragontail Peak - Triple Couloirs Ski Date: 1/6/2013 Trip Report: I put together a TR over on Turns All Year already, but thought I'd post one on CC.com because I like contributing content. Sunday Scott McCallister and I made a ski and snowboard descent (Scott) of the Triple Couloirs. It was a very long day. The ski Buddha Dan Helmstadter, Well Terrano and I skied the NWF variation to the TC's in March 2010. At that time, the snow was hard on the NWF and Hidden couloir. It was fun but took a lot of work. I've also always wanted to ski all three couloirs like Ross Peritore did in April 2006. Ross's descent has always been a source of inspiration for descents in the area, albiet with heels safely locked down. Scott and I didn't exactly get an alpine start, at 6am, so this contributed to our skiing the couloirs mostly in the dark. We were able to ski the 3rd couloir in dim light, but rapping into the top of the 2nd couloir it was dark. Each couloir held great stable powder that was not wind affected. The step at the transition from the 2nd and 3rd couloir had some ice, but not very much yet. I wouldn't feel comfortable leading it yet, but it is forming. The step was just enough for my 60m, 6mm rope. The skiing down the 2nd couloir was outstanding! It was by far the narrowest of the three couloirs, with a constriction that required some careful side stepping to pass through. In the dark, it was a bit unnerving to be skiing above the runnels, and it was difficult to tell how far below they were. We made 5 rappels to get through the runnels, skis/board on packs. 3 more rappels than what Ross made. I guess it was a lot less filled in this early season. I was surprised to discover there weren't that many fixed tat or anchors in the runnels. We only found two that we used. The rest, we built using my booty gear and a number of lost arrows, and two snow bollards. There was some ice in the runnels, but not much. It is forming though. Skiing the Hidden couloir was a pure joy, especially with the snow quality being as it was! Towards the bottom we had to downclimb a 40' icy rock constriction, but after that the steep pow turns continued to the end! We got out just in time as it really started dumping. This outstanding winter contiues! Breaking out into the open. Scott on der summit. The entrance to the 3rd Couloir. Scott tearing it up in the 3rd Couloir. Taking a breather towards the bottom of the 3rd couloir. Setting up our bollard rop into the 2nd couloir. Part way down the runnels. Hanging out in a protected alcove. Safe on Aasgard Pass, brewing up for a much deserved coffee. Edited January 8, 2013 by telemarker Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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