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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

slowbutsteady

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

mdavenport2

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

Alpinist

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

Gahugafuga

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

cp0915

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

altitude14er

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!

rkymtn

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

HalikuRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: 12 Nov 2005

Haliku

We, rkymtn and I, got an early start on what was a blustery winter condition Colorado day. It was snowing when we exited I-70 which forced us to hike most of the way up the road. Cold, windy and snowy conditions, sometimes at whiteout level, tried our determination. Once on the summit a few quick photos (mostly white) before we headed down. The lower we went the less it was snowing. Once back at I-70 we laughed that there wasn't any snow on the road. All in all a fun day.
Posted Nov 12, 2005 8:18 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Up the torreys/ kelso saddle down the steep east slope Date Climbed: Aug. 22 2005  Sucess!

chef007

Nice little afternoon hike. Going down I decided to go down the steep section of the mountain that you can see from the TH. It was a nice class 3 section and added a little fun to the trip.
Posted Sep 2, 2005 3:15 pm

alpine masterRoute Climbed: South slopes Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!

alpine master

Lots of snow and glissaded down.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 5:37 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Via Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: July 19, 2005  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

Hiked this one with my father. A great tundra hike with a good showing of wildflowers. Looking through binoculars to the southwest from from the top was a bit like watching an ant farm made of talus.
Posted Jul 21, 2005 2:49 am

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: 7-7-05  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Great hike! Kelso Mountain was the exclamation point on our Mount Edwards, Grays Peak, Torreys Peak, Kelso Mountain eight hour trek. Great views and a relaxing summit.
Posted Jul 10, 2005 11:20 pm

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