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May 19, 2016
Anyone been up recently? Looking to go this weekend. Emmett Wynn
From Albuquerque
Joined Nov 11, 2015
72 points
May 19, 2016
A buddy and I went up Cristo this past Saturday and the conditions were perfect. Easy to kick steps and the snow was in great shape. As a reference, we were in the couloir around 5am. Pete Krzanowsky
From Evergreen, CO
Joined Mar 23, 2012
614 points
May 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect ...
Climbed it last Friday. Snow was in decent but not yet full spring shape. Nasty wind slab/crust on the upper 1/3rd made it punchy on the way up and a little scary skiing down. Probably in great condition now if it hasn't snowed much recently! Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points
May 19, 2016
Thanks guys! Seems like conditions will end up being just right. Did you guys rope up in the couloir? Looks like a lot of people don't. Emmett Wynn
From Albuquerque
Joined Nov 11, 2015
72 points
May 20, 2016
Emmett. We didn't rope up. Hopefully the great conditions hold for the weekend! Pete Krzanowsky
From Evergreen, CO
Joined Mar 23, 2012
614 points
May 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect ...
No need to rope up, just know your basic self arrest skillz. If there are good steps up it the best thing you can bring are adjustable trecking poles so you're not stooped over and you can actually breathe. Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 10, 2012
2,058 points
May 23, 2016
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Sunday was pretty much perfect. We rode the east face back down at 11:30am from the summit and it was awesome corn all the way down to tree line.

About 5 people we saw at the summit did Cristo and reported great snow back at the parking lot.

Looks like enough snow for a few more weekends of fun up there. You need to boot pack up to tree line if taking the east route up.
Parker Wrozek
Joined Mar 30, 2012
153 points
Jun 3, 2016
Anyone been up recently? Max Frey
From Denver, CO
Joined May 1, 2016
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Jun 4, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering
I went up and down Cristo on Friday (6/3). No hard freeze overnight, snow was decently crusty at 6 am when we hit the base of the Couloir, but there were some sections in the middle that were not weight supporting. Came down from the summit around 10 am. The upper 500 feet was decent, but below that everything turned into mashed potato. My friend on foot was postholing to his waist, he ended up hiking down the loose rocky slope to skier's right. I managed to slide down the whole thing on my snowboard, but it wasn't very fun. aikibujin
From Castle Rock, CO
Joined Oct 14, 2014
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