Yesterday I wanted to slip in a quick solo of Torrey's Peak (14,275') and ski Dead Dog Couloir ahead of an approaching storm.
Torrey's is an impressive peak as seen from I-70. The 3000' couloir comig straight down the north face from the summit is Emperor Couloir, one of the longest descents in Colorado
Dead Dog Couloir is the 1500' chute down the east face, almost from the summit. It is 60 degrees at the top, with an average angle overall of about 45 degrees.
The 150' downclimb from the summit to the start of the couloir was the crux of the climb. By the time I decided I really should have put on my crampons it was too late. Downclimbing 4th class loose rock in AT boots over really big drops to my left and right was the scariest part of the day! Sure is easier in the summer!
The view down Dead Dog Couloir from the top. Just below it's ~60 degrees, and it would be a very quick tip to the bottom if you fell. Definitely terrain to ski with an ice axe.
After the steep bit I stopped for a self-portrait
A beautiful line!