Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gray Wolf Mountain - March 23, 2007

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 !!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Cristo Couloir, Quandary Peak 14,265ft - March 17, 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!