Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  04/08/2012
Date Climbed:   04/07/2012
Author:  CO Native
 Busy day in the Dead Dog  

Spring has arrived early this year. The snow pack has stabilized, though it's disappearing quickly. We were able to drive all the way to the summer trailhead with ease in a Grand Cherokees. We saw some Subarus up there too.

The Dead Dog Couloir has continuous snow, but it was pretty icy in some sections. Even though the weather was relatively warm the high winds kept the snow from softening at all. I can say though that even if you're not looking for a couloir Grays and Torreys are ready for climbing this year. The standard route will require some traction device on you're feet, but snow shoes are not required. As long as you stay on route neither is an ice axe.

We checked out the Lost Rat and it's got continuous snow as well but getting thin at the top already.

Careful on the drive out though as there is no room for error on the road, any slip to the side will put you firmly in a soft snow drift.

Read the full report here.

Here are a few shots from the day:

 Comments or Questions

Happy Birthday!
04/09/2012 00:27
Thanks for the report, your pictures are great. Crazy to see so many people climbing Dead Dog all at the same time. What a great bday present for yourself, a broken finger! Hope it heals up quickly

Kevin Baker

DD was indeed busy!
04/10/2012 01:40
Excellent report, Josh! What time did you start up the apron? I must have just missed you. We started up the apron around 8:15 and topped out a bit before 10. Hope you had a great bday despite the broken finger!

CO Native

Summited a little after 9
04/10/2012 02:06
We left the TH a little after 6 and were on the summit a little after 9, not sure what time we hit the apron. You're probably in one of my photos looking back at the apron. Sorry I missed you.

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