I was also eyeing Dead Dog if it looked alright, just to mix it up eventually.
I could drive 2.1 miles up the road before hitting this road block:
So I had to hike another mile to the Grays Peak summer trail head.
We got a solid freeze overnight and large parts of the trail (at least at the beginning) are even dry now, so the boot packing all the way to the top of Torreys was quite easy.
I started at 6:30 and summited at 10.
Familiar views on the way up:
(Sorry for the quality, was pretty cloudy right then)
View from the top towards Grays.
The clouds moved in and out. But it stayed mostly cloudy today.
There were a few people I met on the way up who hiked Grays/Torreys and were already on the way down. But on the summit I was totally by myself. I lounged around there for 45 minutes.
I was considering going down the Dead Dog and working my way over to Kelso. But there was quite some debris in there from slides and other skiers on days before. Since the sun did not really come out it never softened up. Therefore I decided to hit up the Emperor. Changes that this line was filled in with a little bit powder from a few days ago were better. It usually does not get skied as much as the DD and can be smoother. It is also quite a bit longer.
Looking down Emperor from the top:
After the first few turns:
Looking up about half way down:
Looking up almost from the bottom:
The top part was still really hard and crusty. But every once in a while you could find nice pockets of wind blown powder.
About one third down the snow started to soften up and quite a few nice turns were had.
Bottom part was nice corn to slush.
This line really rewards you with some nice vertical.
There are not too many places close to Denver where you can get over 3,400 vert in one descent. Nice sustained steep, but interestingly not just a straight shot.
Too bad that the whole thing was already over after 20 minutes.
Then another 1:30h hike back to the car was in order. For a total car-to-car time of 6 hours.
Now.... who parks his sled here? (miles away from snow)
This would be another option. Do Dead dog first and hike back up Kelso for this line, which would dump you out right at the car.
Do you know the slope angles off the summit and down through the chokes?
I never measured the angles.... but my gut feeling would say:
A sustained 40 to 45 degrees. (a little less on the bottom)
On top there is a steep rollover that depending how you take it, can be 50+ degrees. But you can also cut it from the side so it's not as steep.
Post subject: Re: Torreys Emperor Solo Mission - 6/1/2007
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:43 pm
Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:19 am Posts: 541 Location: Capitol Hill, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Hey gang. I've was eyeing this thing on the drive up 70 today. Made me think of this TR from two seasons back. I want to hit it bad at some point this season when conditions are right. Anyone interested? Talk to me.
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