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 Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
 Post Date:  06/20/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/19/2009
 Posted By:  fullroom

 Torreys-Dead Dog Grays-great corn!   

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the north face looking real nice...

I had skied Torreys before (tuning fork) and climbed them both in the summer, but I had to get revenge on the Dead Dog. Probably one of my first 14er ski attempts was a few years ago climbing up the couloir about 2/3's of the way and having to bail because it was getting too late. I couldn't find anyone to go with so I headed out myself. Rallied the '93 Accord up the road and got to the trailhead just after 7. (about 2 hours later then I wanted to be there but Jamo and IPA's the night before discouraged the planed 4am wakeup.)


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dead dog didn't look great but not too bad... it looked like the top would be worth it

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I tried hiking off the headache and making up for the late start with a decent pace. About two hours later I got to the summit of Torreys. It was a good decision to hit up Torreys first cause everyone else was on Grays and I had the summit to myself for a good half hour.

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some good lines still to be had on Mt. Edwards

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if all went well my next line on grays was looking creamy...

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...but first this


I dropped in off the top with a few aggressive turns over skiers right of the couloir. Although I was planning on it being pretty soft, it still surprised me and I sunk deeper than I thought. I paused and let a bunch of heavy slough slide out of the way. I got to the top of the chute and saw a climber on his way up. I made myself noticed and once he was clear I started making some slushy turns. It was kinda fun (and tough) to try to ski and manage the sough in the steeper top section. I paused halfway, talked briefly to the climber and continued down as the snow turned into runnels. I skied out and met back up with the Grays trail and started hiking again.

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see the climber

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good stuff

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I think the caffeine from the morning wore off by this point and the alcohol still in my system was making itself noticed again. Regardless I slowly hiked on (with all the other people this time) and got to the top of Grays with a boy scout group from Minnesota, and ran into the climber from the Dead Dog. I was one of the only skiers out that day so I was quite the entertainment for some. I skied off the summit and nuked some awesome corn turns down to the basin as fast as I could. It was definitely on my top 5 list for great corn runs.

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hanging out... top o Grays

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Evans and Bierstadt looking pretty white

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my line on the left

I chilled where the snow ended for a few, changed boots, and headed back. Got to the car around 1:30 for a round trip of about 6 hours. Headed home, took a 45 minute nap and went to work. Overall it was a good trip with two great skis, and a couple more checkmarks on my long list of things to do.



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  • Comments or Questions
screejunkie


Good Day     2009-06-20 10:40:02
Glad to see you made it up the second time. I ran into you on your second ascent. Major props for getting up there in the slush.


bckcntryskr


Good Sluff     2009-06-20 17:35:08
Looks like a nice hit Ryan. Love the children of the corn. Great beta photos for those interested in the surrounding peaks.


skibrendan

yeah buddy     2009-06-23 13:53:45
But that‘s why I don‘t hit the sauce anymore. Way to get it done though. Wish I wasn‘t working.



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