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IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: August 7, 2003  Sucess!

IdahoSummits

Great weather. Nice little hike, got back to Denver by early afternoon.
Posted Oct 12, 2003 11:03 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Via Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: September 28, 2003  Sucess!

bernardhohman

Fun climb. Some scrambling if you look for it. Great, sunny day!
Posted Sep 28, 2003 9:56 pm

msnelsonRoute Climbed: South Ridge/Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: Sept 13, 2003  Sucess!
Awesome climb! In the snow-reduced visibilty-great route-the classic Colorado Climb. It was my Dad's 73rd birthday-the climb was dedicated to him, Michelle & I called him from the top. We arrived at the trailhead around 8am to light snow, cold and foggy. Visibility was at the best times no more than a 1/8 mile but the pic's and maps we had showed us the way. The climb was very straight forward to about 13,500 when we came up to the south-ridge. Got progessively steeper and rockier and with the light snow made it a bit tricky in places. It certainly wasn't the Hillary Step but a challenge to say the least. Once over that obstacle it was just a matter of following the ridge to the top, nothing of consequence as far as difficulty. It took us 4+ hours for the climb to the top and 3+ down, every inch very worth while. The views coming down were fantastic as the clouds parted and opened up the valley below and ridges above. Michelle is a great climbing partner and soon to be my wife, nothing better in the world! I would recommend this route to anyone that likes to stay away from the crowds, we were the only ones climbing from the south side.
Posted Sep 14, 2003 7:11 pm

eurobeerRoute Climbed: From Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!
Our First 14er. Beautiful hike. We started out pretty early, so we didn't see to many people when we started, but as we began to go down the mountain, the swarms of people looked like ants invading the mountain.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 9:23 am

CanopyBoyRoute Climbed: South Slopes Ridge Traverse (via Kelso Ridge) Date Climbed: August 28, 2003  Sucess!
A nice hike after climbing Torrey's. Because we started our hike at around noon on a Thursday, the mountain was not crowded, and we were the only people on the summit. The weather was nice and there were only a few patches of snow remaining on the ridge.
Posted Aug 29, 2003 11:07 am

ScottRoute Climbed: north Date Climbed: September 15 2001  Sucess!

Scott

Lots of snow on mountain
Posted Aug 21, 2003 12:22 pm

dpRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: August 26, 2002  Sucess!

dp

Came back to climb after summiting Torreys via Dead Dog Couloir in the spring without enough time to traverse to Grays. 3rd 14'er for Spencer the Mountain Dog, who couldn't figure out what to make of the mountain goats- he stopped, stared, and just wagged his tail enthusiastically- not even a bark!
Posted Aug 20, 2003 9:37 pm

flyinghighpeteRoute Climbed: Stevens Gultch Date Climbed: July 30, 2003  Sucess!

flyinghighpete

I did it in conjuntion with Torreys. A great hike, a few too many people though.
Posted Jul 31, 2003 2:08 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: From Torreys (via Kelso Ridge) Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!

rob_runkle

This was my second time on this 14er. No time to spend on the summit, still have to get Edwards.
Posted Jul 30, 2003 6:47 pm

benRoute Climbed: traverse from torreys Date Climbed: 26 August 2002  Sucess!

ben

A fun combo with Torreys.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 6:49 pm

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: 7/7/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

What a perfect day for a hike/climb. I met dempseyj and his son why I was putting on sun block around 12,300'. We continued the hike together for most of the day. I told him about SP and I am glad to see that he found it. Anyway, after about 700' we ran into a family of mountain goats. I got within 10' of one of them and got some great photos. We continued up the switchbacks all the way to the top. Everybody talks about Grays and Torreys being just a bump in the 14er bagging process. However, I have to say that this was one of my favorite mountains so far. It was a beautiful, pleasant hike, with lots of wildlife and perfect weather. We spent about 40 minutes on top and then headed over to Torreys. Check that one out for more details.
Posted Jul 15, 2003 3:13 pm

dempseyjRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: 07 Jul 03  Sucess!
Great day for a hike. The weather was perfect. Also summited Torres Peak with my son.
Posted Jul 8, 2003 10:06 am

shanrickvRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

shanrickv

Climbed in combination with Torreys and had the pleasure of doing so with Alan. There was lots of fresh snow from the night before and brutal winds, by my Maryland standards, going up Grays. There were lots of skiers going down the Grays-Torreys saddle, tons of dogs, but no mountain goats.
Posted Jun 22, 2003 7:26 am

brandonRoute Climbed: Some Couloir to the SW ridge Date Climbed: March 2003  Sucess!

brandon

Cold and fun, just me and the mountain goats, man can they climb.



A long slog in with the access road closed at the main highway, but creates the solitude. Now if we could just ban the noisemakers, I mean snowmobiles, can't see them, but can sure hear them.
Posted Jun 14, 2003 11:05 am

skibum7732Route Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: Summer 02  Sucess!
Climbed with Jennifer. Easy hike. Traversed ridge to Torreys.
Posted Jun 7, 2003 3:28 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Sept,2001  Sucess!

Kane

My first attempt of Gray's Peak was from Chihuahua Gulch TH. in 2000. I thought this was a really cool option for climbing Gray's if you wanted something less crowded. You most likely won't see anybody until you reach the party on the summit. It also requires a bit of route finding, unlike the standard Stevens Gulch route. I never made it to the summit back in 2000, the knee was in bad shape. I went back in the fall of 2001. I thought Stevens Gulch was pretty, especially in fall. I drove my Toyota Camry to the TH and screwed up my suspension. The Bakersville road is not really for low clearance cars.
Posted Jun 3, 2003 7:54 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: May 27, 2002  Sucess!

Grant

The temperatures were increasing so I decided to start another season of climbing fourteeners. I picked Grays and Torres as my first of the season. I was already feeling in pretty good shape after doing Humphreys Peak (12,600’) in Arizona that had 3,200 feet of elevation gain.



I reached the trailhead at 7:30 and off I went. There was no wind and the temperatures must have been in the low forties. In other words it was perfect hiking weather. Looking up at the two peaks they were still covered in snow and where the climb really begins it was nothing but snow all the way to the top. I chose to do Grays first then Torres. The trail to the top was a straight shot and wasn’t too bad. The snow at this time was in great condition and after 2 ½ hours from the trailhead I was at the top of Grays.
Posted Apr 22, 2003 11:05 am

DigglerRoute Climbed: traverse from Torreys Date Climbed: summer '96  Sucess!

Diggler

Did this with Z and Mark Timmerman. Traversed over from Torreys. Having goten a late start, we had a resultingly late summit. The weather was great, though. I think that by the time we left the summit (we probably stayed on top a good hour or 2), it was probably 17.00 or 17.30. We had the strange experience of having a Flight for Life helicopter fly right over us (seen like he was in a big hurry) right at the summit! Great weekend.
Posted Mar 24, 2003 5:47 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2002

big_g

Combo with Torreys via Horseshoe Basin. Wow, the tourists.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 3:32 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: 80's and July 16, 2001  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

I've climbed this one four or five times, usually along with Torreys. The most memorable was a trip during a freak storm that was dropping enough snow to cause widespread sluffing and rockfall on McClellan Mountain. We probably should have turned around.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 5:20 am

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