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Brian CEarly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Brian C

Good conditions but we topped out at 6:25am. Snow was very hard and provided good cramponing.
Posted Jun 17, 2014 9:16 pm

McCannsterSloggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013

McCannster

Hot day, so the snow was soft. Would be really fun if he had more solid snow, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Posted Jun 11, 2013 4:02 pm

Fletchw/ Golden  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

Fletch

Nice day out...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 2:51 pm

gremlinNice new snow
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012

gremlin

Couple feet of new snow the weekend before was heavy, but very nice to ski. Wasn't acclimated, so missed the top hundred feet.
Posted May 21, 2012 5:51 pm

rockrat2Dead Dog to Kelso crux  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2012

rockrat2

Decent snow conditions early but rapidly turned to slush, so towards the top we ended up feeling safer scrambling up to the Kelso Ridge just before the crux to finish off to the summit. In hindsight, not sure the scramble to the ridge was any safer than continuing the last bit on crappy snow. Fun route in better snow conditions.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 3:45 pm

alpine345perro muerto  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 1987

alpine345

Simul-soloed with by buddy Dennis to get in the mood for ice climbing...fat conditions that year, as the couloir was full wall to wall, top to bottom.
Posted Jan 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Ted EliasonTerrific Ski Line  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2010

Ted Eliason

Would repeat this route several times for the ski descent.
Posted Jun 18, 2011 6:35 pm

BLongDead Dog Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

BLong

Our group of three had a great climb up Dead Dog Coulior. We camped in the basin between Grays and Torreys in order to enter the coulior early. The climb was basically a snow staircase at this time in the year. There were 4 other parties in the coulior on this day, one of whom began climbing at 11:00. We skied from the saddle between Grays and Torreys back to the tent; 1,200 excellent vertical feet of buttery snow.
Posted Jun 4, 2011 9:48 pm

rleclairThe Dog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010

rleclair

Our group of 4 was behind jmartersteck on the Memorial Day Dead Dog Couloir as well. Great conditions in the early AM and solid snow all the way to the top. We started our ascent at 6:50 AM and were on summit at 8:20 AM. Enjoyed the stellar views as well as watching a lot of folks coming up the standard route. We too descended to the saddle between Grays/Torrey's and enjoyed the glissade back to the trail. And we had a delay free trip down I-70 to Denver!
Posted May 31, 2010 4:51 pm

jmartersteckMemorial Day 2010  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010
Perfect day! Left Arvada at 3:30am; temps were mid-upper 30s, but clear skies allowed long-wave radiation to cool off the snowpack, with water on the trail frozen, and the snow stayed firm early in the day (never needed snowshoes). Reached the base of the couloir about 6:30; it was in great shape with the early sun having softened an inch or so on the surface. Summited 7:40. My ankle, which is recovering from a severe sprain a few weeks ago, very much appreciated the steps that were still usable on the top part of the couloir (where it steepens)-- I guess thanks to Larry and the 30 others yesterday! Wow, I was by myself and saw only say three other climbers on The Dog all morning -- what a difference a day makes!
Posted May 31, 2010 3:53 pm

Larry Vpeak climbing season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2009

Larry V

I counted around 30 people in the Dead Dog Couloir during the morning. Some were training for Mt Rainier, not climbing Torreys. We left Golden around 3 am and were on the trail before the stars disappeared. Temperature was around freezing and the snow was soft in places. We reached the base of the couloir about 5:50, summited at 7:40 -- we took our time but were still one of the fastest parties that day. Almost constant, tiny rockfall until we reached the upper 500' of the couloir.

Spent quite awhile on the summit, then descended to the saddle and slid down about 1400’ in 10 minutes or so. We lost the trail on the way back to the trailhead, and spent a lot of time thrashing through the willows and postholing through deep snow. :-( No snowshoes.
Posted Jun 28, 2009 11:37 pm

noahs213The Classic Snow climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2009

noahs213

A very amazing climb. A little strenuos but otherwise amazing!
Posted May 29, 2009 8:22 pm

bennersBlizzard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2008

benners

Summited Torreys via the Dead Dog in a full blizzard with a snowboard strapped to my back, very physically demanding but otherwise a great snow climb.
Posted Dec 9, 2008 8:51 pm

rkymtnAnother Fun Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

rkymtn

This was the second attempt with Haliku. The first try was thwarted off by stupidity mixed with poor road conditions (high centered the truck in snow). This trip was much better and the day was beautiful. There was a bit of rock fall, which provided some additional entertainment on the way up.
Posted Sep 25, 2008 12:28 pm

MikeyBThe Dead Dog
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

MikeyB

Fun climb and an excellent long glissade after hitting Grays.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 11:14 pm

Pete CastriconeEasy Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

Pete Castricone

Nice line and easier than expected with a long, fast glissade. Meeting and climbing with other SP members made it worthwhile.
Posted Jul 13, 2008 9:37 am

astrobassmanFirst Solo Couloir Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2008

astrobassman

I had Torreys all to myself. A quick day...Torreys and Grays in less than 5 hours, but still a good time. Dead Dog was a lot less steep than I thought it would be. Felt like 35 degrees most of the time, then 45 degrees in a few spots.
Posted Jun 30, 2008 11:54 am

NiederbayerDead Dog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

Niederbayer

slept at the couloir base - started climbing at 5 am - had the whole couloir for myself
Posted Jun 20, 2008 5:04 pm

heather14First Solo Couloir Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2008

heather14

It's a great climb, couldn't have asked for better conditions. I'm going to echo Skasgaard & Gareth, I was expecting it to be a little steeper also.
Posted Jun 15, 2008 8:37 pm

km_donovanGread Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

km_donovan

I had so much fun I may have to go back before it is out.
Posted Jun 11, 2008 2:45 pm

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