Forums Trip Reports Not the same old Buffalo
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  • #574708
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    So I’ve climbed Buffalo a lot of times. Always done either the Silver Couloir or the East couloir and really had no interest in going back up that mountain again for a while. Then, a few weeks ago when we were up on Red Mountain, we spotted a line that neither of us had seen before. From Red, it looked like it would go all the way but there’s only one way to find out for sure. I planned on having to hike out if it didn’t pan out.

    From the top

    And the final exit:

    Turned out that she went all the way. Best part was, I counted about 4 separate chokes that you pass through on the way down. The snow was mostly good and the chute was steep. A few icy spots to make it interesting, especially when you are headed into a choke. I estimate than it runs about 2500′, a little shorter than the silver but much more entertaining in my opinion.

    BTW I guess I shouldn’t even post this TR here because I used Verts to send it and not my split. 😉

    #639234
    SickSplitty
    32 Posts

    Wow, that is some gnarly shit. You my friend have some serious balls. If that baby slides your going to be in the choker!! Nice pics. 😀

    #639235
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    @sicksplitty wrote:

    Wow, that is some gnarly shit. You my friend have some serious balls. If that baby slides your going to be in the choker!! Nice pics. 😀

    The trick is to do it when it is less likely to slide.

    1. warm day before
    2. freeze overnight
    3. NW facing (gets late day sun if at all)
    4. get up early
    5. wind keeps the temps down

    Many other variables but Couloir season in CO is quite predictable if you know how to read it.

    #639236
    ehcarley
    411 Posts

    Is that west of the Silver then? Looks like you are having a kick ass spring.

    #639237
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    Yeah, spring is fun. It’s east of the Silver.

    #639238
    HikeforTurns
    1113 Posts

    Good eye. :thumbsup: I was wondering about that line myself. Nice work on Big Eyes too, I need to ride that sometime.

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