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Tyndall Gully 

   
Type:  Alpine, 800'
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
FA: ?
Season: Spring and summer are best, but really any time of the year.
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Submitted By: Kurt Johnson on Sep 14, 2007

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Description 

Tyndall Gully is the prominent couloir located between the summit of Hallett and Tyndall Glacier. (I've never actually heard it refered to by a name or seen anything written about it, so I don't know if it has an official name, so I'm calling it Tyndall Gully which seems appropriate. If anyone out there knows if it officially goes by a different name, let me know.) It's essentially an extension of the glacier but is mostly separated by a rib of rock, making it a distinct feature, especially during the summer months where it can been seen clearly from town. It's a fun but relatively short snow climb, given that it's a fairly long approach all the way to the end of Tyndall Gorge. Knowing that you can see it from just about anywhere in Estes gives it that "I've been there" factor which makes the long slog to the base worthwhile.

I soloed the route July 21, 2007 and the snow was soft, making for a straightforward ascent. The angle is for the most part moderate, but steepens near the top. Later in the season I imagine it would make for a fun alpine ice climb.

From the top of the couloir it's about a 15 minute walk to the summit.

Location 

From the Bear Lake trailhead, take the trail to Emerald Lake. When you get to the shore of Emerald, look left for signs of the climber's trail and follow it up and right, above and around the lake until you get to the base of the massive rock buttresses where all of the classic rock routes are. From here, continue along the trail at the base of the cliffs and look for a good spot to break away right and head up the gorge a little left of center until you arrive at the base of the route, which will be obvious.

Protection 

A good solo, but it would protect well with pickets or perhaps even a light rock rack for the sides of the couloir. Later in the season when it turns to alpine ice, bring some screws.


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Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the entire route from the top, Tyndall G...
A view of the entire route from the top, Tyndall G...
Rock Climbing Photo: A poor quality zoomed image of Tyndall Gully as se...
A poor quality zoomed image of Tyndall Gully as se...
Rock Climbing Photo: The top of Tyndall Gully, 7-21-2007.
The top of Tyndall Gully, 7-21-2007.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the top of Tyndall Gully.
Looking down from the top of Tyndall Gully.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up toward the top of Tyndall Gully.
Looking up toward the top of Tyndall Gully.
Rock Climbing Photo: Self portrait near the top of Tyndall Gully, 7-21-...
Self portrait near the top of Tyndall Gully, 7-21-...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from halfway up Tyndall Gully, 7-21-2...
Looking down from halfway up Tyndall Gully, 7-21-2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from near the top of Tyndall Gully, w...
Looking down from near the top of Tyndall Gully, w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from about halfway up Tyndall Gully.
Looking down from about halfway up Tyndall Gully.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Tyndall Gully from near the start of th...
Looking up Tyndall Gully from near the start of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyndall Gully from the start of the route.
Tyndall Gully from the start of the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyndall Gully and Tyndall Glacier as seen from Fla...
Tyndall Gully and Tyndall Glacier as seen from Fla...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyndall Gully and Tyndall Glacier,  7-21-2007.
Tyndall Gully and Tyndall Glacier, 7-21-2007.

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By Larry Bruce
Oct 24, 2011

Jon is spot on with these type of conditions, the most dangerous time of the year to climb lower angle ice routes. Brings back memories in the early '70s when Bob Hirtz and Dave Emerick were ave'd off of Powell Peak in October....