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Dragon's Tail Couloir RMNP

On Saturday April 23rd, I did Dragon's Tail Couloir on Flattop in Rocky Mountain National Park with a strong crew. This is the first line in a very long time where I was nervous dropping in as it is high consequence if you blow it up top. The couloir is just in an amazing setting and the cloud bank that rested up against Flattop made it difficult at times and eery at times. Here is the POV I took from it. Enjoy.

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On Saturday April 23rd, I did Dragon's Tail Couloir on Flattop in Rocky Mountain National Park with a strong crew. This is the first line in a very long time where I was nervous dropping in as it is high consequence if you blow it up top. The couloir is just in an amazing setting and the cloud bank that rested up against Flattop made it difficult at times and eery at times. Here is the POV I took from it. Enjoy.
Holy shit dude!! That is awesome!!! You definitely take your SL places that I can only dream about taking mine at this point.
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Very sick! How long of a hike was it to get there?
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Very sick! How long of a hike was it to get there?
It's about two hours and around 2k vertical climbed. The vertical is gained over a few miles though so there weren't really any very steep climbs to get there. Flattop mountain lives up to it's name.
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Very awesome. I'm always down for the AIC soundtracks too.

I don't think I'd want to try something that sketch in flat light foggy conditions. For my ass to give that a go, I'd be looking for nothing less than perfect conditions.
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Very awesome. I'm always down for the AIC soundtracks too.

I don't think I'd want to try something that sketch in flat light foggy conditions. For my ass to give that a go, I'd be looking for nothing less than perfect conditions.
Mad Season!!! not AIC although it is Layne singing.
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Mad Season!!! not AIC although it is Layne singing.
You are correct good sir. Brainfart on my part.
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Killclimbz - How many years riding did it take for you to have the skill/huevos to start trying stuff like that????
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I've been riding for 21 years. Riding the backcountry and riding a splitboard for the last ten.

This is a line I would have tried within the first five years of when I started riding. I had the riding ability then, but not the backcountry knowledge to do it safely.

It really is a proud line. Around 50 degrees for the first 200-300 vertical, and a solid 45 degrees for another 1500 vertical maybe longer. Throw in the huge cliffs lining the chute and you have a life long memory burn. The Dead Elk and Dragon's Tongue lines also look pretty amazing. If I get lucky I may get to do a return trip to do one of those or maybe a crazy line on Notch Top. Hard to say though, as weather and temps have a big say on if I can even attempt a line like that or not. Coming back home alive is the number one goal when I go out.
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Mad Season!!! not AIC although it is Layne singing.

such a great album!!! layne singing with mike mccready on guitar.
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