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 Peak(s):  "Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
 Post Date:  04/04/2012
 Date Climbed:   04/04/2012
 Posted By:  MTGOAT72

 Grizzly and Cupid - Loveland Pass   


Grizzly and Cupid


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Loveland Pass TH

Last week I got out and hiked Mt Sniktau and wanted to do Cupid, but am not in the best climbing shape yet. I waited out the bad weather and made plans for Grizzly Peak and Cupid for today.
I arrived at Loveland Pass around 8am and was off on the trail shortly after. The storms from the last few days dropped close to 6inches or so. I didn't bother with snowshoes, don't think they would have done any good. It was a fine powder, I imagine the skiiers are tearing it up today.
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Grizzly Peak

The wind was calm compared to my trip last week. On Grizzly I measured the speed about 13mph and similar on Cupid. It was nice not to get blown around all day. Once on the ridge the rollar coaster started. I walked past Cupid and went directly to Grizzly. Not far after heading down south side of Cupid I found a nice rock group to work my way through. After the rocks the snow got deeper and I started postholing to my knees.
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Footsteps

When I arrived at the final push of Grizzly I took a break. For only being 600ft, it was daunting. The snow covered rocks were a bit of challenge, but probably more that I'm not in great shape. After some huffing and puffing I made the summit a bit before 11am. The views were amazin, and the sky crystal blue. I had a hard time imagining heading to Torrey's, so I just marveled at the giants for a while before heading down to Cupid.
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Grizzly Summit

After getting down the initial 600ft I ran into another climber headed up. He thanked me for my trail breaking and was on his way. After riding the coaster for a bit I was to Cupid in not too long. While on Cupid I spoke with a runner on his way to Torreys wearing shorts. Crazy, I said enjoy and headed down to the car.
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Cupid

It was a good day in the mountains, hopefully get out on one of the nearby 14ers in the next few weeks. I have a blog if anyone is interested: http://coloradoascents.blogspot.com/



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  • Comments or Questions
SurfNTurf


Great meeting you     2012-04-05 07:23:42
I was the solo hiker who met you on the final push up Grizzly. Thanks again for the steps! I wonder how far that runner made it without gaiters.


I Man


Gaiters???     2012-06-20 07:38:00
I don't like Gaiters. I am proud to run a gaiter-less operation.


AndYouSeeMe


Gaiterless operations     2012-04-05 09:44:40
Is that so you can use that as an excuse to not have to break any trail?????


MTGOAT72


Bustin Trail     2012-04-05 20:11:31
I don't mind busting trail. Always fun to play in the powder. I can't imagine the runner went much further than Gizzly, but who knows. He was on Cupid 30 minutes from the car park. Sounds like a lot of work to me.



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