Post subject: TR - 4/29/07 Grizzly Peak, north chute
Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 8:40 pm
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am Posts: 1176 Location: Denver
4/29/07 - Grizzly Peak 13,427'
Via Loveland Pass
north face ski descent
5 Miles, 3,000' up, 3,800' down
Earlier in the week, I had talked with Dave about skiing a peak, so we chatted back and forth about our lists, and something fun to do. We ended up settling on Grand Traverse Peak in the Gores, via Bighorn TH. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas. With nightime temps recorded at 41 and daytime temps expected to be in the 60's, we opted for a plan B. Given that it was 5:00am, we wouldnt be making it to the TH until 7:30 making for rotten snow below treeline, not to mention avy concerns. iskibc suggested the North Face of Grizzly, much higher start, and more sun sheltered aspect. I agreed and we made our way to the pass.
here is iski's version:
Grizzly chutin', north face, Grizzly Peak
How to properly chute a Grizzly in Colorado
1. Wake up really early in the morning, pack your chutin' gear, and make sure you are on the trail around first light:
2. You have to be on the lookout for the Grizzly at all times:
3. Grizzly chutin' takes some time and energy, but the views are always stunning:
4. You have to be willing to walk high and far:
5. To properly chute the Grizzly be sure to get it right down the center of it's face:
6. Powder always makes Grizzly chuting that much better:
7. Persistence is key. Get aggressive with the Grizzly:
8. Be sure to leave your mark on the face of the Grizzly:
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:13 am Posts: 60 Location: Too far from snow to close to sand
Caught that it was veedub also! With the old bugs and buses it was easy for the engine/battery heat to catch the foam in the rear seat on fire, butta jetta -the engines in the front so....Nice Tr way to slay it!
My former bus had a wheel go up in smoke when a brake shoe started dragging during a cross country trip. And then another time, freakishly, the casing around the cables for the heater controls (under the dashboard) went up in flames. I can only guess that the battery was shorting out to the cables for some reason and the plastic casing overheated? I don't really know, but I think it was the only heat that ever came out of that crappy heating system.
And then I had a friend at my old job that used to drive a VW bug years ago. He wisely carried a fire extinguisher in the car. One day he saw another VW bug on fire by the side of the freeway, so he pulled over and put it out with his fire extinguisher. He lectured the dude on the importance of carrying a fire extinguisher if he was going to drive a bug. Sadly, when my friend's bug caught on fire a few months later he hadn't refilled the extinguisher yet so the car became 'fully involved.'
I also had a sweet 1984 Ford Mustang with a boss 4-cylinder engine that threw a rod in the middle of nowhere on Interstate 5. It sprayed flaming motor oil out of the exhaust manifold which cracked open from the heat because there was no way I was pulling over until I got to a gas station.