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  1. #1
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    TR Grays Peak 2007-5-8

    So if you start at the highway and ski from the top, is it ethical? I'll tell you what it is - FAR!!! 9 miles, 4600 vert, summit at 14,270, according to Dawson. Sheesh.

    In the morning there was snow all the way down to the truck about 100 yards in on the dirt road, but by afternoon, I had to take my skis off in a few places on the way back.

    I've been up that way to ski Torreys several times, and always looked at Grays as the ugly stepsister. I was thinking of skiing the Lost Rat, which is a really nice line. But the rare chance to ski the north face with powder, top to bottom, was irresistable.


    Torreys Emperer Chutes


    Cool run down Kelso


    Maybe LB can identify this track in the snow, some kind of cat? I saw rabbit tracks everywhere and hope this fella got some dinner.


    And this tree, why is it stripped of all its bark?


    The trailhead proper is buried in snow


    Sun making its appearance


    First time the Bros have been up a 14er


    Pikes Peak


    I can use the timer on my camera!


    View of Dead Dog on the way out


    So Grays is the sixth 14er I've soloed. Good times.
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    Last edited by SheRa; 05-09-2007 at 11:41 AM.
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    OH HELL YEAH!
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    Nice Mir!

    As for the tracks…no idea. They're awfully symetrical :shrug: maybe a lynx/bobcat? My guess on the tree is a porky.
    "It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
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    Kick ass! 9 miles huh? ouch

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    Nice effort.

    and yeah..... steezy hat!

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    thats some good coverage for this time of year. looks like a fun day, good job
    Couloir than you are

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    Nice work...



    With that hat/pants combo you're gonna give 666 a run for his money as best dressed maggot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRa View Post
    .....9 miles, 4600 vert...
    that does suck!

    who care's about ethical ...as long as i do not see a snowmobile involved.

    Quote Originally Posted by SheRa View Post
    ....So Grays the sixth 14er I've soloed.....
    congrats! great job! nice pics!
    when not on the snow what else do i do...

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    Welcome back girl. We went up Bard yesterday.NWS said mostly couldy with a 20% chance of snow. It had to be the nicest mostly cloudy day I've ever seen.

    Sweet pics.

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    Nice job. I've always thought of Grays as the ugly stepchild, too, though like most 14ers it has its moments, like the lost rat. Yesterday's wet snow was a tough task to trailbreak solo, at least for me on Columbia.

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    My guess on the stripped tree - porcupine. Have seen that before and asked an USFS dude about it. Can any mamologist(sp?) mags back this up?

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    Nice job! I checked out the TH on Sunday and yeah, you really can't drive far , catching the sunrise at the top....
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    Actually that doesn't count, you'll have to redo that one.

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    9 miles of skiing that fucking rock nice tr mir!!

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    Very nice!

    Looks like it's going to be quite a while before you can drive to the trailhead.

    How did the goatfinger couloir look? Filled in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillingCokes View Post
    Welcome back girl. We went up Bard yesterday.NWS said mostly couldy with a 20% chance of snow. It had to be the nicest mostly cloudy day I've ever seen.

    Sweet pics.
    Thanks. The weather was perfection.

    When are we going skiing?

    Quote Originally Posted by ColMan View Post
    Very nice!

    Looks like it's going to be quite a while before you can drive to the trailhead.

    How did the goatfinger couloir look? Filled in?
    I don't know that one? I took a ton of pics, maybe I have it.

    Those of you admiring my hat, one of my Argentinian friends made it for me. For next year she's working on a striped dayglo pink, orange, and green. It will make your eyes bleed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRa View Post
    I don't know that one? I took a ton of pics, maybe I have it.
    Here's a pic from the summit of Kelso in late May of '05 with the goat finger (Mt. Edwards) in the background. It's been on my list for a while. Have yet to see it filled in enough to make some turns.


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    I don't know about those little kitty tracks...

    But these are definitely the tracks of a hungry cougar!


    Good job,
    The pics are great!

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    Here's what I've got - sorry I don't have anything head on, but I seem to remember that being filled in. Is that the Remarkables?

    Morning


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    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
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    Nice Shera. Looks eerily desolated up there for some reason.

    The pack looks to holding well considering the heat it's been going through.

    Only 6? Why was I thinkin you were way ahead of that? - You been doin the same one repeatedly (like I end up doin)?

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    Thanks for the pics/beta. It does appear to be filled in. Not sure if it's the Remarkables or not.

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    Wow, Mir! Thanks for posting. I really, really enjoyed the pics. High quality indeed!

    Live the lines you put down.

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    Cant say no to this

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    Yeah Mir, way to get after it!
    Calmer than you dude

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    Nice Mir! Pow turns....in May.....from the summit....14er....

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    Here's a pic of Edwards and the Goatfinger from Bard taken 5-8-07. Edwards is looking good from the top on it's own.

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