Another Tour de Torreys

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: May 26, 2007
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring
I shot this video of an ascent (and ski descent) of Torreys Peak. We ascended The Emperor - an extremely long couloir on the north side of the peak. Roach calls it one of the longest snow climbs in the state.

The weather was good and the snow conditions were decent. We topped out of "The Emperor" at the exact same spot as Dead Dog Couloir on Kelso Ridge. After that we made the quick jaunt to the summit before beginning our descent of the mountain.

To descend we scrambled about 500' down Torreys' Northwest Face before Brian and Eric began their ski descent. Up high on the face the snow wasn't that great for skiing - crusty slabs mixed with sections of deeper powder. The snow conditions improved as we descended and by the bottom of the face both Brian and Eric were getting in some really nice turns. I was even able to get in a couple of quality glissades myself.

Good times.


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zenalpinist - May 28, 2007 10:04 pm - Voted 10/10


...but after the ski descent, we hiked back to the car via Flattop. Twas sublime.

BTW, great job to the video man as usual. "Hey everybody"? Good gravy, I'm such a dork.


smudge - May 28, 2007 11:59 pm - Voted 10/10


another good one Andy!

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