Andy in the Rockies

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Torreys Peak - The Emperor
May 26, 2007

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We ascended "The Emperor" - an extremely long couloir on the north side of the peak. Roach calls it one of the longest snow climbs in the state.

The weather was good and the snow conditions were pretty good. We topped out of "The Emperor" at the exact same spot as Dead Dog Couloir on Kelso Ridge. After that we made the quick jaunt to the summit before beginning our descent of the mountain.

To descend we scrambled about 500' down Torreys' Northwest Face before Brian and Eric began their ski descent. Up high on the face the snow wasn't that great for skiing - crusty slabs mixed with sections 10" deep powder. The snow conditions improved as we descended and by the bottom of the face both Brian and Eric were getting in some really nice turns. I was even able to get in a couple of really nice glissades myself.

Good times.

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