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Old 06-05-2013, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The previous week I had gone up and rode a line off of Grizzly Peak on Loveland Pass. The Summit of Grizzly has a great view of the Northwest Couloir aka The Tuning Forks on Torreys. The Tuning Forks looked to be in great conditions. Snow to the top allowing a ride all the way in from the summit. Zach was game for a June 1st try. Temps were to be cool so we had a late start. 6am at the trail head. Nothing like waking up at 4am to go snowboarding.

Torreys Peak from the Grizzly Gulch road where we shuttled a car.


Zach down low on the trail. Grays in the background.


A lot of people had the same idea as us and we picked up a loaner, Jared, at the trail head. After gearing up and saying hello to several people we knew who were doing other objectives, up the summer trail we went.

A look at Grays (14,278') Peak trail from across the valley. Seems like a lot of people thought this was a great day to do a fourteener. Ants marching.


Dead Dog Couloir looked to be in amazing shape. Not the longest couloir on Torreys but I consider it the best one. I had never done the Tuning forks so it was time for something different this day.


Looking up at Torreys from the saddle between Grays and Torreys. Quite a few people up there already.


Some of my favorite things about peak season is getting to see the other worldly terrain you get to travel through. The cornice along the final climb to the summit was amazing. Just keep your distance.


Jared suffering up the final couple hundred vertical to the summit. Once you get above 13k, it just gets harder and harder to grind out long stretches. I was cruising fine until we got just below the saddle. By the time I was doing the last 400 vertical to the summit, I was lucky to climb 40 feet without taking a break. Spending more time at this elevation makes it easier of course.


Never Summer Prospector on the Summit. Definitely having fun demoing this split.


Looking down West at Grizzly Peak 13,427 that I had climbed and rode the week previous. It sure didn't seem that far below Torreys when I did it.


Looking to the east from the Summit.


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After a break we got to riding the Couloir.

Zach at the top


and Jared


A little further down Cody got into it.




And the rest of the crew got into it.





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More shots from lower down



Northwest Couloir slayed.


It was a long boot out the Grizzly Gulch road. Glad we did a car shuttle.


Shot of Torreys back at where we started.


Hope you enjoyed the TR
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Swoite!....
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Hope you enjoyed the TR
Enjoyable and inspiring.

Cody steals the show again. Quite the feat considering the views and on-snow shots. Amazing.

Loved it, thanks!
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There's not enough park riding. Why didn't you jib some rails or hit a jump?
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Git it!

I swear to god I'm gonna be in shape next season. I'm embarrassed about how out of shape I am right now. I don't care that I've been working 50+ hours a week while going to grad school full-time. It's unacceptable. I've never been tired after walking 9 holes of golf and I was on Sunday. That really opened my eyes about just how out of shape I am. I would've died twice of extreme vaginitis trying to skin up Torreys.
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nice! that last pic really puts into perspective how big of day it was? how much vert did you gain?
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Talk about a totally inspiring experience. 14,000 + puts you in rarified air indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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