Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  Dead Dog Couloir
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  scott_s
 Date of Info:  05/10/2022
 Date Posted:  05/12/2022

Climbed Dead Dog Couloir + Grays Peak Combo on 05/10.

Approach: Left lower TH at 3am, easy going up to upper TH. From upper TH to ~12000' is very soft, not freezing completely overnight so some postholing even in the early am, not enough to motivate me to put on the snowshoes. On the descent around noon, snowshoes were necessary in my opinion, had some snowshoe postholing but it would be a nightmare without.

Climb: Started up the base of the couloir around 6:30am, snow was in great condition, frozen and firm all the way up made for comfortable climbing. I wasn't sure how the direct sun on the couloir in the early morning and the recent warm temperatures would affect conditions but I definitely didn't need to be concerned, didn't notice any degradation in the snow as it warmed up. The traverse to Grays was mainly firm powder snow with some exposed rock. Definitely would need at least some form of traction to complete the standard routes. Descended straight down the face under the Grays-Torreys saddle. Didn't note any avalanche conditions at any point during the day.

Overall great but tough day, saw 2 others on the trail all day. A little windy in spots but otherwise perfect weather.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Early morning Grays and Torreys#2) Torreys/Dead dog couloir conditions#3) Topped out dead dog, looking down#4) Grays from Torreys summit#5) Torreys from Grays summit

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