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Arrived at the 4wd trailhead at 11,000ft a little late, around 7 a.m. The road was still mostly frozen but not a bad 4wd. We found a place to hop across the creek and started up the mountain via Route #12 in Roachs book. It was steep and in some places the snow was not the best, soft and slushy. We kicked steps to within about 300 ft of the summit. It was hot and a tiring task. At the top there was a pretty good little cornice that we needed to break through. I needed crampons and an ax, however, we did see other hikers make it using ski boots and poles. The avalanche potential here is surprisingly high, I thought. Just be careful and take all your normal precations, I wish I had brought a shovel.
If you want to summit Torreys and dont want to be another ant on the ant hill Id recommend this route, especially in the winter. Even though it took us close to 5 hours to summit it was well worth it. We ended the trip by glissading the same route we took on the way up, too fun. The drive out was an adventure, that frozen mud in the moring turned to, well, mud by late afternoon.
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