Torreys NW Couloir

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1st light on Torrey's.
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Spring skiing presents a number of challenges
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Starting the (3000 foot) ascent on dirty snow. Grizzly Peak in the background
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Beckie in the lower couloir
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What season is it?
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Beckie
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Uh-oh...suncups
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Beckie, ascending
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The couloir is ~40°, and extends from near the summit to Grizzly Creek, 3000 feet below.
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Strange shadows
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The insideous dust that is killing our spring snowpack
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Taking a break in the couloir, about half way up (Guh!)
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Beckie
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More dust. It arrived in a snow storm in February, transporting dust from the Colorado Plateau. Now it is at the surface, and it is causing the snow to melt very rapidly
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Grizzly Peak and the Gore Range, near the summit of Torrey's
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Near the top of the couloir, where the snow petered out. The summit is about 300 feet above my perch
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Beckie approaching the top of the couloir
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Beckie cruising my steps
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Beckie, all smiles at the top
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Beckie, deadly weapon in hand
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Gumby shot
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Yearning for winter's quick return
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Kicking steps to the summit
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The 10 Mile Range
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Gray's Peak from Torrey's summit ridge
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Returning from a quick stop on the summit
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Waiting for the snow to soften up, 10:30 am.
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Ready to go!