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Diamond Couloir Ridge Ascent

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1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,305' 398 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,932' 2,723 m
Low: 7,627' 2,325 m

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Avg Slope: 20% (11°)
Max Slope: 38% (21°)
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Trail shared by Andrew Allison-Godfrey

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An easier skin in than going straight up the couloir.

Andrew Allison-Godfrey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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Start out on the Diamond Couloir Approach via old Gold Camp Road until you get to the ridge line. Follow the ridge line all the way up to the top of the couloir. The only problem with this ascent is that you don't have the opportunity to assess snowpack on the way up and if the snow is sketchy you'll have no choice but to retrace your path back down.

Overall, it's a fun skin up that is longer but much easier than going straight up the Couloir.

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The dawn patrol hike up to ski the Diamond Couloir before work.
Mar 18, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Looking up the Diamond Couloir.
Mar 18, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Looking up from the bottom - it's steeper than it appears!
May 2, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Base of the diamond couloir ascent. Be prepared for some heavy duty switchbacking! You might be better off carrying your skis until you break treeline
Apr 14, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Awesome snow on the Diamond Couloir after an early morning run, be prepared for tracked out snow if you don't do a dawn patrol, even on powder days
Apr 14, 2015 near Manitou…, CO

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