Grizzly Couloir, Grizzly Peak A
Grizzly Couloir is an iconic classic snow climb in Colorado. Grizzly Peak being the tallest centennial 13er, you can see this line from Independence Pass when the snow is in.
I’ve had relatively good luck with my July couloir streak over the years, so we decided to squeeze one more in before calling it for the season. With all the chaos of 2020 and COVID we had a short season both in 2019 and 2020 battling warmer temperatures and a shortened window with lockdown restrictions.
Unfortunately conditions deteriorated about halfway up the couloir so we decided to bail instead of pushing toward the top. We were still able to climb part of the classic and familiarize with that side of the mountain, Portal campground and Lincoln Creek.
I’ve spent a lot of time on both sides of this mountain in recent years and love the area so I have no qualms about returning to finish this line.
Leadville is one of my most favorite mountain towns. A little gem with plenty of local options. Definitely spend some time here as you're passing through or even stay overnight to get better acclimated for your hike if you're coming from sea level.