Hopeful Couloir

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Hopeful Couloir

Submitted By: mtnfiend on August 15, 2012

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Starting Elevation: 10,000 (SG) and 9400 (WG)
Elevation Gain: 4000 (SG) and 4500 (WG)
Total Distance: 8ish miles
Avalanche Resources: http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php
Snowmobile Access: Yes
Approach Difficulty: Moderate

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Colorado » Front Range

Mt. Edwards- Goatfinger Couloir

Goatfinger Couloir is fairly wide, has a bit of a double fall line, and can reach 50 degrees at the top (although when we skied it, it did not exceed 43 degrees).  Although not an extreme line, it is still a serious undertaking that requires expert ski abilities and advanced snow climbing/mountaineering skills.  It is rated D9-D10.

Goatfinger is a major avalanche path and requires very stable snow to be skied safely.

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Details

This asthetic, east facing couloir features an exciting entrance and a sustained steep pitch for about 1500+ feet.

How to Get There

From either Sheep Gulch TH or Willis Gulch TH one way to approach this peak is to follow the well defined trail to hope pass (saddle between Mt. Hope and Quail Mountain).  Then scramble up the ridge to the summit.  You can also climb the line directly.  A third option is to follow the trail from Sheep Gulch, but peel off before reacing hope pass and climb the SE facing flank of the mountain.

Access Issues

No access issues I can think of.

Approach Description

The trail is easy to follow if snow free.  When I climbed it, I climbed to the summit in trail runners with the skis and boots on my back.

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