Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  11/18/2008
Modified:  11/20/2008
Date Climbed:   11/17/2008
Author:  Bridger

 Torreys Peak - South Slopes -Dead Dog Ski   

We hiked up Torreys Peak Yesterday from I70. FR 189 was in good condition after the first steep section. High clearance vehicles were making it up all day, however our car could not.

We hit the road at 6:30AM and reached the trailhead by 7:30. We were planning on skinning the majority of the approach, however there was not enough snow. We easily hiked in our hiking boots to the the summit crossing a couple of snow-fields in the south bowl. We took our time and reached the summit by 11:00AM. It was a beautiful day! 35 to 40 degrees at the summit and almost no wind.
The Approach From Stevens Gulch - Not Enough Snow To Skin - Greys Peak on the Left, Torreys Peak on the Right
Crossing The South Slope Under Greys Peak
Summit with Greys Peak in the background

We ate lunch and debated which line to ski. Two skiers had skied the bowl between Torreys and Grays while we were making our final steps to the summit. We ended up skiing Dead Dog Couloir (Skiers left of the summit) It was just a little wind loaded at the top but pretty strong layers. Very hard snow, it was almost like an early morning spring decent. The snow is great for skiing now, just watch out for wind-loaded faces.
Torreys Peak - Dead Dog Couloir Drops off a bit below the summit on skiers left
Top of Dead Dog
Skiing Dead Dog

We were aware of the avalanche that took place there a few days before. We tried to identify the location but could not see much. A group had climbed up the north eastern face of Torreys connecting with Kelso Ridge about half way up. It could have been there but we were not sure.

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 Comments or Questions

Way to ski it!
11/21/2008 21:42
Nice pics and glad the snow held firm.

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