Gray Wolf Mtn, 13,608'
NE Couloir via Echo Lake TH
11.5 Miles, 4,200' Gain
Riders: Forrest and myself
Start at 6:45 at the Echo Lake Trailhead
Returned in the dark at 19:45 for a roundtrip time of 13 hours.
Man, that was a long day with post holing on the way out, but still some fun turns in the couloir.
Forrest's post on TGR:
Picture 1: Route showing ascent and descent (Click to enlarge)
Picture 2: Sunrise at Echo Lake
Picture 3: First View of our goal
Picture 4: Forrest on the Approach
Picture 5: Switching over to bootpack
Picture 6: Looking West from the top (Greys and Torreys)
Picture 7: How it looks at the entrance to the couloir
Picture 8: Working on the cornice
Picture 9: First turns in the couloir
Picture 10: It's variable from hard pack to pretty nice powder on top of hard slab.
Picture 11: Forrest working it
Picture 13: Looking up about 1/3 down
Picture 14: Forrest enhoying it
Picture 15: Myself in the lower half
Picture 16: Another look up
Picture 17: Our tracks
Picture 18: Post holing on the way out. Nice !!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Gray Wolf Mtn, 13,608'
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Riders: Scott & Oliver
The Colorado folks have been going after the 14ers the last week or so.
Inspired by that Scott suggested to try the Cristo Couloir. Usually I would not go after those lines this early in the season. However it was now a little different due to the warm weather we had recently that helped to stabilize the south facing slopes. (at least went you start early)
After studying the Snotel sites we saw that we had quite some good freezes in that area overnight. So we decided to give it a try. There is always the possibility to drop the East face in case we do not like what we see in the couloir.
We started at 7AM at the trailhead.
Picture 1: The objective (Click to enlarge)
Picture 2: The lower bowl of the east face
Picture 3: Greys and Torreys loom in the background
Picture 4: The upper bowl of the east face
Picture 5: Switch over to hiking mode
Picture 6: The upper ridges were quite windy and made for a relatively slow going.
Finally made it! (after about 4 hours)
Picture 7: Man…. Wasn’t that supposed to be a nice spring outing??
It was pretty cold and windy at the top.
Picture 8: First look down the couli
Picture 9: What the heck is up with that road block?
Picture 10: Dropping in
Picture 11: First Turns
Picture 12: Watch the road block
Picture 13: Lower Part
Picture 16: Scott pointing the Bros straight down
Picture 19: Myself
Picture 22: I guess he enjoyed that run
Picture 23: Last turns
Picture 24: Looking West at the bottom
Picture 25: Looking up
Picture 26: Our babies treated us well today
Picture 27: The Point (not where we are going, but rather where we are coming from)
Thanks Scott to bring up the idea.
It was a great outing!