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Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby Ecocrazy » Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:43 pm

Has anyone traversed the ridge between Lenawee and Grizzly? I'm thinking of starting tomorrow morning at the top of Loveland Pass and traversing across to Lenawee and ending in A-basin, but I'm worried about the portion between Lenawee and Grizzly -- it looks pretty burly, and I'm having trouble finding information on it. Thanks all.

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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby Layne Bracy » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:17 pm

John Prater called it class 4 with exposure. If he doesn't see this and chime in, you might send him a PM.

As you seem aware, there really isn't much beta online about the traverse, so if you go I'm sure we'd enjoy a report with some photos!

Good luck!

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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby Ecocrazy » Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:43 pm

Thanks - sent him a PM.

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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby PKelley » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:59 pm

I have done this traverse, starting with "Cupid" as Roach calls it. You can get 4 ranked peaks in a day easily. The traverse between Grizzly and Lenawee is pretty straight forward. I think that you could keep the difficulty at third class if you pay attention. We hitched a ride back to the pass at the end of the hike.
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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby Ecocrazy » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:30 am

Well, I did it yesterday, and it was fantastic. Probably could be kept to class 3, harder if you stay on the ridge. Definitely recommended. Here's the trip report: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4833
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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby Jack » Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:08 pm

yeah man,
While skiing a-basin I always had my eyes on that ridge. did you go from loveland pass as you expected? I was thinking you could just start at the base of A-basin, climb grizzly from there and then traverse over... that adds quite a bit more climbing though, especially if you can get a ride back to the top of the pass at the end of the day. Can't wait for some pictures. I bet it was a sweet day. next spring when I get healthy I think that will definitely be on my to do list. The fact that it is so close to Denver makes it nice too.
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(I think that is where Sarah T got swept up in an avalanche this past winter - off the ridge to Lewanee. Thank god she is ok.)

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Re: Grizzly - Lenawee Traverse

Postby SarahT » Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:28 am

Thanks for the beta Ecocrazy. Sounds like a fun scramble that I need to put on my to-do list. I'm due for a rematch with Lenawee, this time definately sans snow.
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