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Dan St. John topping out on the West Couloir on Fl...
West Couloir is the right of the three Flattop Mountain Couloirs at the head of Odessa Gorge. The first 500' is beautiful 50-60 degree alpine ice in the summer, which then necks down and turns to snow. If its melting out, there will be a 1-foot wide ridge of snow with trenches between it and the rock in the neck of the couloir that makes the climb interesting and provides a touch of mixed climbing in late summer. 200' of 55-60 degree snow to the top.
Might want pickets, a couple screws, and a few nuts.
BETA PHOTO: Flattop Mountain - West Couloir.
Mar 1, 2002
In the pic, East Couloir's on the left, Hourglass in the middle, West Couloir on the right. Cheers!