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Brian KaletSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2009

Brian Kalet

Trip Report
Posted Jun 26, 2009 2:22 pm

SarahThompsonFinally ticked this one off  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2009


5/14/09 - Parked around 10,700 ft on the Stevens Gulch Road and utilized the avy chute on the north side of the mountain. Very efficient route in the spring - 2400 ft in 1 mile!

3/14/12 - Loop over Ganley, McClellan, Edwards & Kelso from Bakerville.
Posted May 14, 2009 10:19 pm

kavakSouth Slopes Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1988


Climbed this with my 7 year old son and a climbing partner Larry. Larry wanted more and climbed the Kelso Ridge to Torreys.
Posted Jul 16, 2008 10:27 am

peakrat76Northeast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 1973


Lacking guidebooks, or anything else, thought we were on Grays/Torreys. Oops! Returned the following weekend to climb the "right peaks!" Anyway - we got a summit!
Posted Apr 26, 2008 9:36 pm

MountainHikerCOMet MountainHikerette  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 1995


It was on this hike I met MountainHikerette. She had just moved to Colorado and already knew she wanted to climb all the fourteeners. She was on her way up Grays via Stevens Gulch. A friend & I were doing Kelso. We exchanged information. I had already climbed all the fourteeners. I got to do all of them again! We returned to Kelso on 8-26-01. On 6-30-07 we climbed Kelso again as part of the Dexter search party. http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=7091
Posted Mar 12, 2008 10:32 pm

MattGreeneRunning the Gauntlet  Sucess!
I checked local avalanche forecasts to be sure the danger was low before climbing Kelso. Halfway up, I heard a loud "thunk" as the top snow layer collapsed under my weight. Luckily, there was no sliding. The "thunk" was loud enough to scare the @#$% out of me, though. I continued on to the summit, then slid on my butt down the whole slope. Kelso has an awesome no-worry run-out.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 8:56 pm

slowbutsteadyClimbed by accident?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1996


Summiting Kelso just happened! I was only trying to get up high above the Stevens Gulch trail to get a better view of the trail to Grays, not knowing that a named summit was above. Boy was I surprised! Sign-in register and everything.
Posted Jul 23, 2007 4:47 pm

mdavenport2Evening Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


Nice climb on night of full moon.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 12:54 pm

Foxy Long BottomsNW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2007

Foxy Long Bottoms

Climbed Kelso Ridge to Torrey's summit. Trail ran back down into the valley to Kelso NW Ridge solo. I made this route as hard as I could. It is possible to make it 4th class. Lots of loose rock. From summit, descended s. slopes. Ran back to car all in about 5 hours.
Posted Jul 5, 2007 4:09 pm

Eric HolleTrio of Thirteeners  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007

Eric Holle

Climbed Kelso with Ben on a great day. We ascended the Goatfinger coulouir on Edwards, went over to McClellan and then all the way over to Kelso to have a nice afternoon nap on the summit.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:48 pm

Mike McFrom Boulder  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

Mike Mc

So, not having a car, and wanting to climb...I rode my bike from Boulder, climbed some unnamed couloir on Kelso's west face (I believe it is the one with the visible stream on the topo), summited Kelso, followed Kelso Ridge to Torreys, traversed to Grays, and glissaded down. Great trip! Although, riding with gear is pretty arduous!
Posted Jun 14, 2007 5:06 pm

AlpinistSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Flew in from Chicago Friday night and slept at the TH. Parked just past the old saw mill on Saturday morning, snowshoed in and camped below the mine shack. Climbed Kelso Mountain in the afternoon as a warm-up for Torreys Peak. Woke up early and climbed the Dead Dog Couloir on Torreys the following day. The South Ridge is a fun easy hike with great views of Kelso Ridge on Torreys.
Posted May 28, 2007 9:55 am

Dan DaltonOoops  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2006

Dan Dalton

Made it up Kelso by 7 a.m., thinking it was Gray's! Oh well, stil a great day and a great climb in the new front range snow.
Posted Oct 24, 2006 6:36 pm

GahugafugaTorreys Kelso Saddle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


Climbed this peak after being turned back from Edwards/McClellan by fog and icy conditions. Probably would have been a nice view if the summit hadn't been in the clouds.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 2:51 pm

James CGreat Solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

James C

Climbed via the Torrey's/Kelso saddle. The long ridge was a great little hike, I would recommend this hike to anyone wanting a superb view of Torreys with out the crowds!
Posted Sep 5, 2006 2:29 am

cp0915up - Torreys-Kelso saddle; down - east slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2006


Nice finish after Torreys & Grays. A very tranquil summit.
Posted Aug 19, 2006 4:46 pm

Ryan KowalskiGood warm up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2003

Ryan Kowalski

Good warm up for ol' Kelso Ridge on Torreys, or a good half-day hike close to Denver
Posted May 20, 2006 3:32 am

altitude14erSouth Slopes from Stevens Gulch Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2005


I snowshoed to the Steven Gulch Trailhead from I-70. Once below the south slopes I was able to stash my snowshoes and trudge up to the summit. Although this peak is easy I underestimated it a little bit! The summit provides a unique perspective to Edwards, Grays, Torreys, Parnassus & Bard Peak. As to be expected, it was just me and the mountain on this beutiful January day (not common for weather as warm as I had).
Posted Mar 17, 2006 4:28 pm

Matt Toensingmatt toensing  Sucess!

Matt Toensing

Kick ass, sick glisade. Definitly the best. Worth the climb.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 5:10 pm

rkymtnRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: November 12, 2005  Sucess!


We, Haliku, and I got an early start during a light snowfall. As we ascended, the winds increased and we encountered whiteout conditions on our way to the summit. Despite the lack of views on the summit, it was a fun outing and good conditioning.
Posted Jan 1, 2006 4:20 pm

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