Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,109 feet
Date Posted:  05/19/2013
Date Climbed:   05/19/2013
Author:  Kevin Baker
 Pikes Peak Y Couloir: Edition VIII   

I have done a lot of TR's on the Y couloir on Pikes, so this time I decided to just put together a slideshow to music of the adventure. It can be viewed in HD if possible. Dave "Hoot" Gibson and I have a tradition of climbing the Y on Pikes north face for the past 8 years. One year we had to turn back due to poor snow. This year I decided to do it as a dayhike (like last year) with an approach via the Crags route and downclimb of Rumdoodle Ridge into Bottomless Pit. Hoot led a group of 4 from Barr Camp and I was to meet them at Bottomless Pit.

I made good time, but they made even better time on the firm snow! I tried to play catch up, but it was too chilly for the group to wait on me long. Hoot and I climbed a new variation of the left branch, while the rest of the group did the center branch. The Y is in great shape!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions
05/20/2013 12:29
Kevin, in your video it looks like you went all the way to the saddle on Rumdoodle. Is that how you've always dropped into the Pit? The 3 or 4 times I've done Rumdoodle, I never did that. Just curious.

Nice tradition you and Hoot have! I'm glad some spring storms helped out this year!

Kevin Baker
Rumdoodle exit
05/20/2013 13:25
Hi, Darin:

I've been up Rumdoodle once and down it twice and I always go via the saddle. The slope below that saddle has been mostly dry both times and is easy scree. I figure it's the safest way to go solo. I didn't want to end up in a gully with hard snow. Which way have you gone?

05/20/2013 13:37
Kevin, I haven't gone all the way to the saddle before, although I see your point and understand. I've always dropped off to climber's right as I start to descend the ridge. As we dropped down, we would contour towards the Pit/bottom of Y, crossing a few gullies along the way. With a little route finding, it's not too bad.
Although one must resist the urge to descend too far because it will become too steep on near vertical slabs.

must do
05/20/2013 14:07
I have yet to climb anything on the N face of Pikes and it's only 45 miles from my house. something wrong here I need to correct.

That's my comp sci instructor!
05/20/2013 23:51
Didn't notice til the end of the video that ”Hoot” was my comp sci instructor back in the day! haha....that's always fun

Keep it up! See you on the peaks



Good job
05/20/2013 23:53
on both the variation of the left branch as well as the slideshow - thoroughly enjoyed that! I'm going to have to try that Rumdoodle approach one of these days.

Nice annual tradition!
05/21/2013 19:17
Good job on another year up the Y.

I was wondering how you did. Now I know. Nice video!

Thanks for sharing!!
05/22/2013 02:34
This is amazing!!! Congrats on a successful summit, and awesome slideshow!

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