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dblack Smoke and Dragons

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0.2 mile 0.4 kilometer point to point
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Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -830' -253 m
High: 11,797' 3,596 m
Low: 10,967' 3,343 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 67% (34°)
Max Slope: 95% (43°)
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Trail shared by Jacob Winey

Avalanche risk for May 19, 2019: Considerable

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential. Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

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Jacob Winey
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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Bring plenty of gear for anchors; it's unlikely that you'll find more than one anchor already set.

Description

This is a very obscure line between Dragons Tail and Dead Elk. To get into the couloir, start at a small snowfield, just skier's right of the entrance to Dragontail Couloir (the true entrance, not the Incisor entrance). From there, you traverses right, over some exposure, to get to a sort of shoulder that drops into the couloir. Manage your way down snowfields and rappels, keeping left whenever there's an option. The skiing varies from awesome, inset snowfields to tight billygoating. Eventually, it drops you into the bottom half of Dead Elk.

History & Background

First descent was Sam Shaheen and Jacob Winey in April 2018.

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