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Flattop Mountain - N side 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 5
Notchtop & vicinity 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 4 / 4
Elevation: 10,000 ft
GPS: 40.316, -105.693 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Oct 24, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

This is an organizational entry to help clarify the database. Hopefully, it will help.

In this gorge lie at least 2 major areas/mountains with snow/mixed/ice to climb. Flattop Mountain & Notchtop Mountain have some well-known lines to enjoy here. There may be more hidden gems tucked in the Little Matterhorn/Tourmaline Spire vicinity of which I am unaware. If so, please submit the info to the database.

On Flattop:

Flattop Gully
East Couloir
Hourglass Couloir
West Couloir
Ptamigan Glacier

On Notchtop:

Notchtop Couloir Right
Notchtop Couloir Left
Spiral Route
North Face Left, 5.7 M4 WI4
Direct North Face, 5.8 M4 WI4
North Face, 5.7 WI3+
Sangya Needs Her Dad, WI6
Jack Needs A Life
Pleurodynia, WI5+
Hot Doggies, WI5-6
New Beginnings, M6 WI5
The Hourglass, WI5
Odessa Wall
Guide's Wall, WI2-3
, WI4

Getting There

Once in the eastern side of RMNP, the easiest approach to this area is likely from Bear Lake. To get there, drive to the end of Bear Lake Rd. Hike around the right side of Bear Lake. About 1/3 the way around the lake, go right at a trail toward Flattop Mt. Follow this trail and branch off toward your destination. Flattop's summit is 4.4 miles. Notchtop is probably 4 miles or so. Little Matterhorn is probably 5 miles or so.

Make sure you pay attention to your bearings once off the trail in the Notchtop area. It is easy for idgits like me to get a bit turned around and the sharply-angled trail can be hard to find in diminishing light/blowing snow/whiteout conditions.

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I climbed the spiral route on Notchtop last fall with a buddy of mine and we had a great time. you can find info and pics at tbartholomaus.googlepages.c… Oct 12, 2007
Eran Shileikis
Dysfunctional, CO
Eran Shileikis   Dysfunctional, CO
Does anyone have any info on the following routes mentioned above:

"Spiral Route (Rating ??)"
"Sangya Needs Her Dad, WI6"
"Jack Needs A Life (Rating ??)"
"Pleurodynia, WI5+"
"The Hourglass, WI5"

I have never seen or heard of these anywhere else but here.
On that note, does anyone know how to get a hold of "new route" info besides this website or the book at Neptune's?

I am guessing I've seen 1 or 2 of these ice routes, but who knows??
Any info would be greatly appreciated - Cheers!! Mar 6, 2007

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