Andy in the Rockies

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Hallett Peak - Chaos Couloir
April 15, 2007

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Two consecutive weekends... two bluebird days... and two ascents of Flattop Mountain. This time however we ascended a relatively obscure couloir on Hallett Peak's southeast face named Chaos Couloir (at least that's what we think it's called), then over the top of Hallett Peak, and on to Flattop. The couloir was nice, though the snow was pretty soft and sticky causing us pretty bad balling issues. The hike up and over Hallett was surprisingly pleasant and we even ran into a large Bighorn Sheep ram along the way. This was the first time I'd been to the top of Hallett. The death march back to the car down the standard Flattop trail was uneventful. With such spectacular weather we took our time and didn't try to set any speed records. Thus our car-to-car time was a leisurely 11 hours. As always, the traditional after-climb fish burrito and margarita at Ed's were excellent.

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