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 Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
"Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
 Post Date:  03/13/2012
 Date Climbed:   03/09/2012
 Posted By:  NYannacone

 Torreys - The Scenic Route   

Mountains: Cupid, Grizzly, Torreys
Route: Westridge from Loveland Pass, to and fro
Who: Myself


Forecast was excellent. Left my bed in Denver a quarter to 5:00 and enjoyed the full moon and NPR on the nice drive up the hill, just me and a lot of tractor trailers.

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Top of Loveland Pass/Trail head, Full Moon just past 6:00


I had been scoping this route (West Ridge from Loveland pass, Continental Divider Roller Coaster) for a real long time and continually checking weather for the right time to try it. Well for those who were out.. this past weekend turned out to be awesome blue bird days with no wind.

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The Starting Line

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Full Moon and Sunrise over Loveland/Continental Divide


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Cupid W/ Torreys and the goal towering above!

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After riding at A-basin last week and getting a good look at the snow and ridge lines above, I felt no need to bring flotation and very much did not regret that decision. I was walking along dirt/grass trail and rock 80% of the time.

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Wind Waves

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A top Cupid with Grizzly, Torreys, Grays in view

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Fun section between Cupid and Grizzly

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Looking back


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Arapahoe Basin back there!! Keystone, Breck, Tenmile and Gore Ranges.

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Grizzly Gulch

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On Top Grizzly looing south towards Lenawee and East Wall of the Basin


Looking at the Ridge that continues south towards Lenawee!! looks like a lot of fun, I think I may start at Loveland pass trailhead another day and go for that ridge and hike into Abasin and maybe bring my season pass along and decend Lenawee down into A-basin and hitch a ride back up the Pass to my car!
Does anyone have any info or advice on this ridge/route, East wall?? maybe class 3/4? it did look more aggressive, any info? Thanks

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Looking Back at progress

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Lonnnnng way to go!


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Fun section decending Grizzly

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I threw on my microspikes on the decent of Grizzly, the top section was the most technical of the route with most exposure, glad I had some traction and poles. About midway down I traversed across some snow fields, tried to stay with some rock bands, post holed very little and didnt suspect any Avy Danger but I am no expert!!

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Huge saddle, looking back up Grizzly



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Strenuous

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Talus Field, Choose your route

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Rear view Mirror

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Dig in VERY TIRED! cant quite



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Torreys' Big Sis

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Summit


I finally summited at half till noon, took me almost six hours. I took a nice break, ate the rest of my food. Nearly right as I sat down my phone rang... haha it was my mom, just checking up on me.. she had no idea I was hiking, we had a nice long talk, she told to be safe and stop going solo.. I have verizon service, worked great. Shortly after I noticed some movement and the silhouttes of some friendlies on the switch backs heading up Grays. It was amazing I could hear their voices and just nearly make out the words in the silence of the summit.

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Kelso

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Stevens Gulch, Mcclelland, Edwards and ANNA's sweet route!!!!

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Bierstadt, the Sawtooth and Evans

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A bit of butt tubbing on the decent of Torreys

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Divided



Holy crap I was tired going back up Grizzly and Cupid and up and down and up and down the remaining miles of the mellow trail leading back to my car. I made it back to the trailhead at 16:00 and chated a bit with some tourists from Chicago wondering where I was coming from. Total round trip was 10 hours. I really loved the route but not sure I would do this one agian



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  • Comments or Questions
RJansen77


Nice Work     2012-03-13 20:30:58
I've never done this route, but have wondered about it's feasibility with the low snow year we've had. Looks like you caught a great day, I really like the shot with the moon over the divide. Congrats!


tockelstein2005


sweeet     2012-03-14 18:16:46
Nice pics and cool route.


Mikeo


Black Mountain Traverse     2012-03-19 13:07:15
Nice work! Grizzly twice on one sitting is no joke. A few weeks after the Basin shut down last season I made the trek from the pass onto Lenawee Ridge. Once you start across Black Mountain route finding can be difficult. The time it took me to traverse it was equal to if not more than crossing Cupid and Grizz. Obviously there is no skiing on the East Wall this season. Hopefully next winter will give us that oppertunity. My advice for when that chance comes... save your legs and stick to the lifts.


ClimbingCo

Nice Ascent     2012-03-22 19:50:39
Going tomorrow and cant wait. Thanks for posting you're pictures. I have attempted so many summit's this year and have had plenty of failed attempts, but that's just part of the fun.
Stay on the mountain side!



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