Climbed up Dead Dog with Brian, but we skiied down Emperor instead to have a longer line, plus the snow was better in Emperor, Dead Dog was developing some runnels.
Conditions weren't good, soft, slush snow but we were able to top out, good climb.
Not as steep as I expected. Good work out though.
Good conditions but we topped out at 6:25am. Snow was very hard and provided good cramponing.
Hot day, so the snow was soft. Would be really fun if he had more solid snow, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Nice day out...
Couple feet of new snow the weekend before was heavy, but very nice to ski. Wasn't acclimated, so missed the top hundred feet.
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.
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.
Would repeat this route several times for the ski descent.
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.
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!
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.
A very amazing climb. A little strenuos but otherwise amazing!
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.
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.
Fun climb and an excellent long glissade after hitting Grays.
Nice line and easier than expected with a long, fast glissade. Meeting and climbing with other SP members made it worthwhile.
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.
slept at the couloir base - started climbing at 5 am - had the whole couloir for myself