Dead Dog Couloir Climber's Log

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chicagotransplant - Jun 20, 2016 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2016

Ascent Route  Sucess!

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.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Jun 15, 2015 8:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2015

Good climb.  Sucess!

Conditions weren't good, soft, slush snow but we were able to top out, good climb.


MattK - Apr 13, 2015 12:27 pm Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2015

Dead Dog  Sucess!

Not as steep as I expected. Good work out though.

Brian C

Brian C - Jun 17, 2014 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Early  Sucess!

Good conditions but we topped out at 6:25am. Snow was very hard and provided good cramponing.


McCannster - Jun 11, 2013 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2013

Sloggy  Sucess!

Hot day, so the snow was soft. Would be really fun if he had more solid snow, but enjoyable nonetheless.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

w/ Golden  Sucess!

Nice day out...


gremlin - May 21, 2012 5:51 pm Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2012

Nice new snow

Couple feet of new snow the weekend before was heavy, but very nice to ski. Wasn't acclimated, so missed the top hundred feet.


rockrat2 - Apr 15, 2012 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2012

Dead Dog to Kelso crux  Sucess!

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.


alpine345 - Jan 12, 2012 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 1987

perro muerto  Sucess!

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.

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Jun 18, 2011 6:35 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2010

Terrific Ski Line  Sucess!

Would repeat this route several times for the ski descent.


BLong - Jun 4, 2011 9:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

Dead Dog Climb  Sucess!

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.

jmartersteck - May 31, 2010 3:53 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010  Sucess!

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!

Larry V

Larry V - Jun 28, 2009 11:37 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2009

peak climbing season  Sucess!

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.


noahs213 - May 29, 2009 8:22 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2009

The Classic Snow climb  Sucess!

A very amazing climb. A little strenuos but otherwise amazing!


benners - Dec 9, 2008 8:51 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2008

Blizzard  Sucess!

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.


rkymtn - Sep 25, 2008 12:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007

Another Fun Couloir  Sucess!

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.


MikeyB - Aug 20, 2008 11:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

The Dead Dog

Fun climb and an excellent long glissade after hitting Grays.

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Jul 13, 2008 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

Easy Climb  Sucess!

Nice line and easier than expected with a long, fast glissade. Meeting and climbing with other SP members made it worthwhile.


astrobassman - Jun 30, 2008 11:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2008

First Solo Couloir Climb  Sucess!

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.


Niederbayer - Jun 20, 2008 5:04 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

Dead Dog  Sucess!

slept at the couloir base - started climbing at 5 am - had the whole couloir for myself

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