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 Peak(s):  Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
"Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
 Post Date:  05/12/2008
 Date Climbed:   05/11/2008
 Posted By:  avs88fan

 Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass   

I finally got a chance this weekend for a warm up hike in order to gear up for the summer climbing season. After reading some posts on Saturday about the weather on Loveland Pass I was a little skeptical. I met up with John Frohlich 14ers.com member off I-70 at 6am. We got to the top of the pass at 7am. When we got out of the car it felt like the middle of winter as there was a fresh coat of snow and howling winds.
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The first part of the trail is mostly windblown and and straight forward. The trail was a ittle icy so I had to keep in mind where I stepped. Coming down in the afternoon was not an issue.
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As we approached Cupid the snow was up to our ankles. Snowshoes would have helped but it was only a small patch. On top of Cupid we had a great view of the Tenmile range Abasin, Keystone, and Breck.

From the summit of Cupid the remaining route to Grizzly can be seen. We chose to stay close to ridge making sure not to wonder too far east along the cornices.
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Looking back at Cupid from Pt. 12, 396
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The hike from Pt, 396 to Grizzly was by the far the most difficult part of the climb due to extremely high winds. It was very difficult to breath when 50+ mph winds are in your face. The last section up to Grizzly was a an easy class 2 hike. Here is looking up at the section. I think you tell how windy it was with the blowing snow.
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It took us about 2:45 minutes to summit Grizzly. Didn‘t take pics from the top as I didn‘t want to take my gloves off because of the wind and cold. Coming back we were greeted with great views of Gray and Torreys.
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Summit shot on Pt. 12,396
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The route from back at the pass.
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We got back to car at 12:50 for round trip time of about 5 hours and 20 minutes. We lost about a half an hour looking for an alternative route back over Cupid instead of hiking near the cornices. All in all this a great hike and great work out. I highly recommend.



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  • Comments or Questions
Jon Frohlich


Nice!     2008-05-13 08:30:54
Thanks for posting the trip report. Great hiking with you. I could have done without the wind but it was a nice hike regardless.


gatorchick


Nice job!     2008-05-14 16:24:14
We didn‘t make it to Grizzly that day ... the dog was having none of that 50mph wind! Congrats!



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