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RatballsRoute Climbed: (1) Kelso Ridge, and (2) Dead Dog Couloir Date Climbed: (1) September 1995, and (2) June 22, 2003  Sucess!


(1) The first fourteneer I ever climbed, with a friend who admitted a fear of heights. Gutsy fellow. The Knife-Edge was a blast.

(2) My first solo couloir climb, and, again, a blast: I was very fit, had great weather, a great climb, tagged two fourteeners, enjoyed the Mother of all Glissades from the summit of Grays down to the basin, and still got back to the Fort for lunch. My trip report is here.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 4:28 pm

lostmanRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


The most intense Class 3 I have been on yet. The fun just keeps on coming, with the grand finale knife edge!
Posted Jun 9, 2004 3:21 pm

brentonjweaverRoute Climbed: saddle from greys and kelso ridge Date Climbed: multiple 2002-2004  Sucess!


finally got up there by myself this past march.
Posted Jun 4, 2004 1:35 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!


My first Class 3 climb. Climbing the ridge is a good way to escape the crowds on Torreys. Things got a little dicey when I left the ridge and ended up near the top of the Dead Dog Coulior, which still had some snow and the occasional falling rock ;-). I went back onto the ridge. The knife edge is serious exposure, my heart was pounding for that. I straddled the knife edge and scooted across with no shame whatsoever ;-).

Along the way I encountered 3 or 4 other climbers. When I reached the summit it was like I arrived at a party. The summit was teeming with hikers, and you could see them streaming up the trail below.
Posted May 24, 2004 10:34 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: standard and the kelso ridge Date Climbed: aug 96 and aug 02  Sucess!


the standard is a zoo, the kelso ridge is cool! and not crowded. it's fun to watch the crowds wonder where you camefrom when you top out.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:42 pm

WhereAmIRoute Climbed: Grays Saddle Date Climbed: July, 2002  Sucess!


Surprisingly to myself I felt better nearing the top of Torreys than I did at Grays. My brother-in-law was really starting to feel the altitude at the top, but a little food and rest did him well. While laying down he did miss some goats that came not more than 20 ft. away from us. A great day for my first 14,000 ft. experience.
Posted Apr 23, 2004 3:27 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

Larry V

Second time to visit Torreys' summit. Solo trip with great weather and great views.
Posted Apr 22, 2004 11:05 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2001, Sept 21, 2003 and Oct 18, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Done it 3 times, and will probably do it 25 more! A great 3rd class scramble. Good workout, decent rock, excellent scenery. A welcome introduction to Class 3 for anyone
Posted Apr 19, 2004 2:58 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: From Grays Saddle Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!


Great combo with Grays for a season warm-up or an intro to 14er climbing!!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 3:34 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!


Third straight July that I've summitted Torreys (maybe I should start a tradition?). This time, I led Erin up Kelso Ridge, and we took the more difficult variations when we felt comfortable. We downclimbed Kelso Ridge and capped our day by summitting Kelso Mountain. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:37 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 9, 2002  Sucess!


I soloed Kelso Ridge, taking the easiest route possible (which is looser and less fun than staying more on the crest), except for the fourth-class dihedral before the knife-edge, which I did climb. Was surprised by the ease with which I crossed the knife-edge -- in fact, I found it harder a year later! I descended Torreys' standard route. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:11 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Grays & Torreys from Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: July 22, 2001  Sucess!


Reached my 2nd 14er of the day after much prodding from Erin.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:09 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Saddle from Grays, descended Chihuahua Gulch Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


Great climb. Crowded summit on a perfect summer day! No one else came up from the Peru Creek / Chiuahua Gulch side though, so good option to avoid the crowds and add a little more distance to the climb.
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:06 pm

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: Sept. 15, 1999  Sucess!


with Max.
Posted Mar 2, 2004 11:06 am

edlinsRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: February 15, 2004  Sucess!


What a winter climb! Only my fourth fourteener, but what a way to do it!
Posted Feb 22, 2004 3:38 pm

gemgoddisRoute Climbed: From Gray's Saddle Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!


This was my third 14er and my first experience with altitude sickness. Torreys seemed much steeper than Grays (or was that my body trying to tell me something). About halfway up Torreys I became disoriented and lightheaded. Not to mention the pounding in my head. After a couple of aspirin, some water and a snack I was feeling better.

I pushed myself (while my friend pulled) towards the summit. After about an hour we made it!! I was still feeling kinda funny so we didn't stay long. After descending back down to the saddle I felt much better but was still exhaused.

We decided to traverse accross the snowfield on Grays back to the switchbacks. Even though it was well traveled, it was still pretty steep and one wrong step would send you hundreds of feet down to the bottom. I was scared to death!!

We made it safely accross to the switchbacks. It was pretty late by then so we had the rest of the trail all to ourselves. We got back to our car at 7pm if you can believe it!

What a great day!
Posted Feb 2, 2004 1:51 pm

pcorridonRoute Climbed: Dead Dog couloir Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!


Excellent conditions climbing up couloir until we reached the loose scramble up the final steps of Kelso Ridge. Breezy and cool on top, which we had to ourselves.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 10:33 am

Sock MonkeyRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: August 4, 2003  Sucess!

Sock Monkey

Beautiful day on a nice mountain
Posted Dec 28, 2003 6:05 pm

summiteer16Route Climbed: via Gray's Ridge Date Climbed: 8-4-99  Sucess!


nice climb, easy, and fun. from the summit, we were above the clouds and we were dry. the rest of our group was below, and were getting poured on.
Posted Dec 13, 2003 8:24 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Steven's Gulch Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!


Might as well do Gray's too.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:25 pm

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