- Date Hiked: May 28, 2005
- Miles Hiked: 7.0
- Elevation Gain: 3,040'
- Hiking Partner(s): None
- I guess this was my hat trick climb of Torreys Peak. I had done
the west ridge in the winter, the standard south slopes route, and now
the Dead Dog Couloir. I'm fairly certain I'll return for the Kelso
Ridge route some time too. Last weekend was slightly early for
snow climbing, and I didn't have a lot of time this weekend, so I
decided to head up to Stevens Gulch and attempt the Dead Dog
Couloir. Several trip reports indicated that it had set up well,
and I wanted to do the route, so my plans were set.
- I was up at 2:45 am, on the road at 3:15, and hiking by 4:45.
Last year when I did the Lost Rat Couloir on Grays Peak, the snow
softened quickly, so I wanted an earlier start. By the time I
rounded Kelso Mountain, I saw two individuals descending the standard
route and four more climbers just starting Dead Dog. I took a
quick break and continued to the slopes below the couloir. The
snow was firm and crunchy, and solid steps had been kicked from previous
climbers over the past week. I entered the couloir when the party
above me was approximately a third of the way up and made good progress.
- I could tell it was going to be warm during the ascent, so I removed a
layer while strapping on my crampons and helmet. It was a
beautiful day, and I thoroughly enjoyed this climb. Not to
difficult, but enough to keep you on your toes. Not surprisingly, I reached Kelso
Ridge just as the party of four was topping out. They were a
group, they had a lot of extra gear, and a couple of them were
relatively new to snow climbing. I joined them
where we took turns taking photos and enjoying the views. I had to
be back in Denver early, so I balked at Grays and returned to the
trailhead after catching a short glissade. I was home at 11:00
am. It took me 2 hours and 35 minutes to climb Torreys, I spent 35
minutes on top, and I returned in 1 hour and 25 minutes.
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