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 Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
 Post Date:  05/31/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/29/2009
 Posted By:  doubleA

 Lost Rat Ski Descent   

Last Friday we decided to head up and ski something around Grays and Torreys. The road is passable all the way to the summer TH.
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When we started our tour it wasn't looking good for skinning. The trail was dry in spots- with patches of snow elsewhere. I would recommend soft boots- we on the other hand wore AT boots and regretted it.
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A nice morning view of Grays and Lost Rat. We kept our options open for much of the morning. However, once we saw Lost Rat our thoughts were to look into the couloir and ski it if it wasn't too boney at the top. We could always pull the plug and ski Grays or Torreys if it didn't look good.....
Here are some pics of the surrounding areas:
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Here is a good view of Dead Dog. We felt it was definitely in. There was some slide debris at the bottom, but could be skirted on the left or right. We skied it about 5 weeks ago in icy conditions. On this day with a good overnight freeze and barely no wind, it was hard line not to revisit.
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We booted up to where the snow coverage was consistent then started to skin. We skinned up the first part of Grays and realized our ski crampons/skins weren't grabbing as good as we would have liked. We beelined for flatter terrain after the first pitch.
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After skinning up the first section of Grays it only took a few minutes to head southeast and look into Lost Rat. Here's Kevin knocking some snow into the line. By this time it was 8am and we felt good about the overnight freeze, so we decided to ski the line.
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Here's Kevin dropping in.......
The first 50 feet is pretty steep- maybe in the 45 degree range. There were some rocks we had to navigate through after the drop in, but nothing too bad. Once we cleared the rocks the rest of the couloir was in the 35 to 40 degree range, but I didn't have a measuring device so I coudn't be sure.
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Kevin mid-way down the couloir
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We were in the couloir at 8:30am when rocks began to fall off the surrounding cliffs. The snow was already soft and perfect for skiing. I wouldn't recommend skiing this line much later than 9am on a clear day. It was softening very quickly as we descended and the rock fall was getting worse.
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A view looking up at our line. We did have to ski through some slide debris, but it wasn't too bad since everything was softening up. The coverage was good and overall it was a very fun ski descent.
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We skied near the creek for most of the way down. It was a nice end to a very fun day. Here are some parting shots:
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