nice! that last pic really puts into perspective how big of day it was? how much vert did you gain?
Torreys is one of the more accessible fourteeners and one of the closest to the Denver Metro. From the summer trail head it is just over 3k vertical feet you have to climb to the summit. We couldn't quite start that high as another mountain Kelso had slid and the avy debris covered the road about a half to 3/4 of mile below the trail head. So maybe 3,400 vertical climbed? We did descend more than that since we left a car at the Grizzly Gulch turn out. Which is about a mile and half below where we started.
It is a Venture Zephyr. That is Zach's board. He likes it. Really didn't get into specifics. My experience with Venture boards is that they are well made and ride great. It takes a little getting used to the profile. The flat base makes turn initiation a bit different than other profiles. The rocker nose and tail give awesome float. Skinning wise, they also have some of the best traction around with tips that bust up through the snow. Making breaking trail much easier.
I think it's pretty obvious I had mentors. An Aaire Level I avalanche course is a great place to start. You'll need some equipment. Beacon, shovel, probe, pack. Splitboard or snowmobile. It can be a sizable investment. Friends with like interests help. Motivation is essential. I've ridden for a long time too. The last three have been completely without chairlifts. It can be done.
Its just that in the backcountry I am sure new people are a pain in the ass. I imagine there are many unwritten rules that noobs would not know. It's intimidating. I mean those people last month or so were trained that died at Loveland pass.