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Northwest Couloir 

Type:  Trad, Alpine, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Furthermore on May 20, 2002
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This is a very good couloir climb in late spring into early summer. When it melts out it becomes a class 3 scramble to the summit. From either Spanish Creek trail head, or South Colony Trailhead hike up to Bear's playground which is a massive plateau/saddle between Kit Carson Peak and Crestone Peak. From Bear's playground traverse around the north side of Crestone Peak until you reach a dominate snow couloir. When you reach the saddle at the top of the couloir, scramble to the right to the summit.


Just axes and crampons.

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Follow the red dots from Bear's Playground.
BETA PHOTO: Follow the red dots from Bear's Playground.
Looking down the NW couloir of Crestone Peak - spring Outward Bound training.
Looking down the NW couloir of Crestone Peak - spr...
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By Pete J. Lardy
Mar 10, 2009

Great climb in a big place. I climbed this solo beginning of June 2006 and encountered a lot of loose rock with some ice and not much snow. I wished I had two axes for the down climb of WI 1-2. Because of all the loose rock it would be better to climb this with more snow and I wouldn't want to try to protect it, dragging a rope thru here would not be safe.

By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 16, 2009

I'm not a fan of this couloir. I've never found it in good condition on three trips up or down it in varying spring/summer months.