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 Post subject: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:17 pm 
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On 4.2.11, HikeForTurns, PappaG (skier), and I made a descent of the Notchtop Spire Couloir in Rocky Mountain National Park. Here is some video produced by PappaG of the descent.



More info to follow from either HFT or myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:06 pm 
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Me likey what I see :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks:

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:10 pm 
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2 things boyz!

1. Fawk YESSSSS!! :thatrocks:

2. Which one of you shred dogs busted out the mini speakers, glow sticks, and rock'd that sweet house steez all the way down :bananas:


Right On Mengz....looks like a classic day of hell yeahs, and high 5'z.

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:42 pm 
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From Tom:

Barrows and Forrest pause to admire what lies ahead:

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Some two hours later, we reached our destination and began scoping out our options. Funny thing about the wind is that it certainly messes with your head. There were talks about backing out even though we all felt confident in our ability as well as the prevailing snow conditions. Not before long, we all agreed this was the day and eventually dropped a good sized cornice to test the south-facing slope without any surprises.



Barrows cutting a section out of the cornice to allow for safe entry into the couloir:

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A look towards the East Face of Notchtop with our entrance into the Spire highlighted in red:

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Forrest dropping in and making a few turns on a very firm surface:

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Barrows soon follows:

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Being the responsible test dummy of recent, I first went down through the choke and reported back with great corn conditions. With hindsight, it was definitely a great thing to have been delayed as we were because had we been on schedule, a fun spring descent would have been anything but.



Forrest slashing a turn in the choke as Barrows captures the moment:

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Now it's Barrows' turn:

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Forrest in the middle of the couloir with a view towards Flattop Mountain:

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Barrows exiting at the bottom of the Spire with Ptarmigan Glacier (and all that fun wind) in the background:

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View from the bottom and from Flattop:

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
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Yee-haw! :rock:


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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:07 am 
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Rad line guys. :headbang: RMNP looks to hold some sickness. I'll have to get back there some winter.


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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:54 am 
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Good work, fellas. Barrows, you've been after that line for a while. Congrats.

Forrest, what is your camera setup? Some of those shots look like they were taken from a helicopter. :thumbsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:55 am 
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sick line. bonus points for riding with an ice axe in hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:14 am 
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Thanks Adam, yeah, I have wanted this one for at least 15 years! Next goal will be to try and get it in March POW! It is as good as I expected it to be.
HFT rocks a full DSLR setup, I think he was carrying two lenses, but I am sure he will let you know focal lengths, etc.
I have never much liked the POV video stuff, but I can see how for really cool lines it looks good-Tom got a good feel of the line in this video.

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:35 am 
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That is one hell of an aesthetic line. Way to go gentlemen.

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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
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Beautiful!!!

nicely done fellas. That definatly looks pretty rad.


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 Post subject: Re: Notchtop Spire Couloir-RMNP
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:22 am 
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Very studly gentlemen!

Its great to check runs off the list eh?

Cheers!

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