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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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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. :eusa_clap: Thanks for sharing. :bowdown:
 

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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.

Thanks for the props guys.
 

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Love the pics of Cody. He's a badass straight line bomber :)

Did I see half of a Venture Zephyr split in one pic? Did the guy riding it give any comments?
 

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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.
 

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It's all about the glass. ;)

To climb most fourteeners out here you don't have to do much more than 4k vert. Then again at that altitude, I think most are thankful for that.
 

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I don't even understand how you get to this point. Does someone show you what to do? Is there a club or something?

I have ridden for a long time - but only chairlifts. WTF.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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