Peak(s):  Grizzly Peak D  -  13,427 feet
"Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
Epaulet Mountain  -  13,523 feet
Date Posted:  06/07/2014
Date Climbed:   06/05/2014
Author:  killingcokes
 A Couple days of good times   

Grizzly Peak 13,427 North Face - "Cupid" 13,117 Dave's Wave - 6/5/2014 A Freeze, Finally - More Pics at the link

So the alarm goes off at 4am again. Time to make the doughnuts. I hope it's not deep heavy today. I hope it freezes. I hope I hope I hope. Well up the highway I went to the top A-Basin lot. Time to meet Frank, Jake and Gary for some more fun in the hills. It's getting closer to being done. At the trailhead we were stunned to be cold. It was actually below freezing. We geared up and headed up CDOT gully. We made good time to the saddle below the North Ridge and had fun bouldering up the ridge. At the summit we snacked and changed over, e also walked over to the Hourglass and tried to figure out if it was still in. One drawback of not coming from below. We knew though that the summit line would have had the best chance to thaw. The freeze was pretty good the night before.

Frank hit it first and yelped that it was money. We yo yo'd for pics and had a blast on sweet corn that was just the right depth for arcing turns. At the apron we headed down some more and were stoked to see how nicely the snow had compacted. We switched to skins and headed up the back side of "Cupid". This face had been seeing more sun but was still well compacted so skinning almost all the way to the summit was pretty reasonable. We booted the top steep section though.

From the summit we walked a short ways down to Dave's Wave. I haven't skied this line since like 1995. So fun to be back. We set up for some shots and milked the corn.

From there we went to White Cliff. Haven't done much climbing since my accident

"Epaulie" 13,530 Beartrack Couloir - 6/6/2014 - A Sweet Solo - More Pics at the link

With the snowpack rapidly changing into a summer pack I decided to maximize the time I have left before it's all gone. I saw this line from Rosalie a while back and wanted to tag it before it was gone. With my kids having a half day for their last day of school I figured I had a window to get it done in the morning. I camped up on Mt Evans Rd and got an early start of 6:40. I mad good time over Epaulet and on to "Epaulie". I walked down a little ways to the snow and strapped them on. It was no problem finding the line. I got to the edge and was a little surprised at how steep the entry was. The clouds that kept me up had dumped about 3-4 of grauple onto the line. I cut the slope and got the new to run.

Comments or Questions
06/09/2014 03:23
Two great days out. Super jealous.

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