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Grays / Torreys: Winter Ascents – Steven’s Gulch - 03/01/08

 
Grays / Torreys: Winter Ascents – Steven’s Gulch - 03/01/08

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.65064°N / 105.72762°W

Object Title: Grays / Torreys: Winter Ascents – Steven’s Gulch - 03/01/08

Date Climbed/Hiked: Mar 1, 2008

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Winter

 

Page By: maverick

Created/Edited: Mar 3, 2008 / Mar 5, 2012

Object ID: 385235

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Up to Steven's Gulch TH

I met the Jamies at the base of the 4WD road up to Steven’s Gulch at 5:30AM. Matt was to join us a little later. The forecast was great except for the hellacious 70mph gusts at 13,200’ that were ushering in Sunday’s storm system. We hit the trail at 6:10AM and worked our way up the groomed 4WD road. We got our first views of Torreys and Kelso Ridge at sun-up.

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Kelso Ridge


The road went pretty quick. There was no trail breaking fun to be had this time.

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The 4WD Road

The Upper Basin

We got to the trailhead and hung out by the restroom for a bit, eating and checking out an igloo. We met Matt here, geared up quickly for warfare and continued on up the trail at about 8:30AM. The basin above was very windy and any tracks laid by hikers were quickly covered by blowing snow. We hiked along the approximate summer standard route.

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Wind in the Willows


We stashed our snowshoes at a convenient spot close to where the trail breaks off to head up Kelso ridge, and continued onward.

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Snowshoe Stash


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Kelso Ridge and Torreys


The trail continued up several sections of annoying snow covered talus and the occasional knee-deep posthole.

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Snow Covered Talus


Here’s looking down some of the route we came up, with Kelso Mountain in the background.

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Kelso Mountain


We found a few interesting cornices on the ridge up to Torreys from Grays.

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Cornice


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Torreys


Much of the trail is relatively packed down at this point.

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The Roman Road

Ridges and Summits

We soon arrived at the trail split off and headed up the Grays Peak trail. Another group of skiers were headed up to Torreys for an attempt on a ski descent of Dead Dog. We decided to settle for a conservative glissade of a more modest slope in the vicinity.

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Glissade Path


We summitted at around 12:45PM. Here’s a summit pan…

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Summit Pan - Grays


and a view of much of our route for the day…

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Hindsight


We spent little under an hour on the summit of Grays eating lunch and getting pictures. Matt decided to head off home while the Jamies and I walked over to Torreys. We met a couple other climbers we knew on Grays’ summit and chatted briefly before heading off downhill. From the saddle Torreys presents quite a distinctive character in contrast to Grays’which is much akin a moldering heap of slag.

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Torreys from the Saddle


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Grays from the Saddle


We summitted Torreys at around 2:20PM. Here’s a shot of Grays from Torreys’ summit block.

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Grays from Torreys


And a select summit pan…

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Summit Pan - Torreys

Descent

We decided to descend off of Torreys and the saddle before a well-earned snack break... for whilst we traipsed merrily about the high ridges with reckless abandon, Old Man Wind had set about raising the dead. We stopped at a comfortable spot below the saddle for a snack before the glissade down to the basin. A view of Torreys from our ‘spot’.

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Torreys from the Spot


From here we began this phenomenal glissade down to the valley floor.

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Glissade Track


The wind didn’t plan on letting up and was a constant nuisance through the day above timberline. The McClellan ridgeline…

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McClellan


We were back down at the bridge by 5PM harboring visions of Philly cheese steaks with mushrooms... This drove us back down to where we’d parked in a little under an hour. The road is a constant downhill run. Bring skis if you’re climbing these over the next couple weeks. They’d be well worth the extra weight. Kelso Ridge looks prime right now. I'd do this trip again just to climb Kelso... with skis to bring me down from the basin though.

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maddie77777Nice pics

maddie77777

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I couldn't tell from your pics or the TR, but did you use crampons or yaktrax or anything similar on this trip? It looks like just plain boots in one pic, and snowshoes everywhere else?
Posted Mar 3, 2008 4:40 pm

maverickRe: Nice pics

maverick

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We used snowshoes to get to the basin and stashed them there and continued on in our boots. Yaktrax or crampons would be overkill. I carried crampons in my pack because I was considering Kelso ridge but the standard route is totally straight forward so I didn't need to use them. Stiff soled mountain boots were necessary though, mostly to keep the cold out and also to kick steps into crusty snow up high.
Posted Mar 3, 2008 4:51 pm

Dmitry PrussNice pictures but

Dmitry Pruss

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whenever I click on them, they do not have any description whatsoever. Could you add a few words here and there?
Posted Mar 4, 2008 1:27 pm

maverickRe: Nice pictures but

maverick

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Will do... I'll add descriptions to a few of 'em. I usually just upload pictures so I can link them to trip reports where I describe them. That's why I never cared too much about adding captions to the pictures themselves.
Posted Mar 5, 2008 11:16 pm

KieferNice one!

Kiefer

Voted 10/10

That is pretty sweet you guys made it up here, Prakesh!
Torreys has been a popular mountain recently.
Good pictures with good company! Thanks, Prakesh.
Posted Mar 4, 2008 4:50 pm

maverickRe: Nice one!

maverick

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Thanks dude... Good job on your ascent via Kelso. What plans for the last two calendar winter weekends?
Posted Mar 5, 2008 11:18 pm

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