|Peak:||Torreys Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Dead Dog Couloir|
|Date of Info:||04/25/2012|
Dead Dog in great shape, seems to be fully consolidated with no avy debris though some sizeable rocks have fallen and are 6-12 inches into the snow. I went early since the forecast was for a low of only 29 at 13.2 kft. At parking lot before 5 AM and temp of 40 F. Snow solid and well frozen all the way to the base and up the route. At top at 7:30 AM. The snow was good in the couloir. There isn't much of a path initially but from 13.6k up there are solid steps in the RHS by the rocks which made the climbing easier.
There were several skiers out as well with some coming up the trail at 10 AM going to DD and others. At 10 AM the snow was still pretty firm until you got below 12k ft. Snowshoes not required. It is probably safe to do this route later in the day but then you'd miss the great sunrise photos.
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