Spalding's Goldfinger couloir

15 Jun 2003 - by Dalene Russo

My partner and I hiked Spalding's Goldfinger couloir this Sunday. On the outside I'd say it is 1.5 mi round trip and 1,500 vertical. Colorado's Thirteeners by Gerry Roach, Jennifer Roach provided an excellent description and all the information we needed to plan our mini adventure. We started a leisurely hike / scramble shortly after six am to approach the east facing couloir base at 12,400. What followed was approximately 600 vertical feet of snow which was increasingly softening. The consolidated snow was good to great, with no exposed rocks. The angle is impressive especially when viewed from the top. My partner and I opted not to rope up feeling secure with our crampons and ice axe. Rock fall was heard twice, most of the rock fall occurred in Spalding's Badfinger the couloir immediately to the left of Goldfinger. I'd recommend this couloir for anyone who has some technical snow and climbing skills and is looking for a taste of couloir snow climbing or just wants a quick fun adventure close to Denver. Get there soon as the snow is melting. Arrive early this couloir receives morning sun. Exit via the east Spalding ridge. Spaldings summit is 0.7 miles south from the couloir's top.

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