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Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 26 2002  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Climbed with 2 younger guys, Joseph's first 14er (missed Long's in a snowstorm) and Shawn's second. Cold, windy, damp, fog at the summit. Started at 7:30 AM, summit at 10:00 AM. I thought the knife ridge (class 3) was harder than the dihedral below it (class 4).
Posted Jul 27, 2002 8:10 am

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: South Slopes from Stevens Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 12, 2002  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

I had already climbed Grays so just went from the trailhead directly up Torrey. A fun, easy climb. Started early and the day was hot and dry. 5 hours round trip and down in time for lunch.
Posted Jul 22, 2002 7:28 pm

bpsRoute Climbed: Saddle from Grays Peak Date Climbed: July 4, 2000  Sucess!
Went up Stephen's Gulch to the top of Grays and then over to Torreys. Nice walk at altitude and much-needed after recently locating to Colorado from sea-level California!



Not an ounce of wind and not a cloud in the sky. I was down by noon and was surprised to see nothing building in the sky for the afternoon.



If you happen to be someone looking for your first 14er, these two are excellent mountains to start on.
Posted Jul 21, 2002 12:24 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

charles97

Grays / Torreys is supposed to be one of the easiest fourteener bagging experiences. Not if you take the Kelso Ridge! I got a late start (9:30 am) due to the drive from Denver, and tackling that nasty road up from Bakerville in my little Chevy Prizm. Anyway I couldn't resist going up Kelso Ridge since it was such a nice day, and the ridge was calling my name.



Class 4 scrambling on loose scree near the top of this beast. At one point near the top, there's a knife ridge no wider than a couple of inches with precipitous drops toward certain death on either side. Got my attention and got some adrenaline out of me. White knuckle climbing at a couple of spots. Made the peak around 12:30 pm.



A little advice for Kelso: Test every hand hold and every foot hood before planting yourself. Do not attempt to downclimb this ridge if you aren't at least a decent climber.



#5 of 6 fourteeners in 4 days of hiking
Posted Jul 15, 2002 4:45 pm

marcminishRoute Climbed: Loveland Pass Date Climbed: March 29, 2002  Sucess!

marcminish

Our route took us up two 12,000 footers, Grizzly Peak (a 13er) and finally up Torrey's. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful climb. Awesome views from the top. Mostly just a really long hike but there were some sporty parts along the ridgeline of Grizzly (watch that drop off... it's a doosy!). There was some loose rock heading up towards Torrey's summit as you come out of the saddle. Snow conditions were perfect and we didn't even need crampons. My buddy, Paul Ivaska, and I had the mountains to ourselves that day along with perfect weather. It was my first 14er!
Posted Jun 27, 2002 1:34 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Stephens Gultch Date Climbed: July 30, 1995  Sucess!

wayneaflick

An uneventful climb. Two gents were on the summit when I got there. One was from the Colo. Mt. Club with a new summit reg. I was the first to sign. We watched a goat creep out on a snow cornice. We were afraid it was going to fall. It didn't, it jumped. He knew what he was doing.
Posted Jun 18, 2002 7:00 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: Dead Dog Couloir Date Climbed: May 19, 2001  Sucess!

Nelson

Started up the couloir about 7:50 AM, probably an hour too late. By the time we topped out at 9:30 the upper section was turning to mush. Rockfall is an issue. I wouldn't be in there without a helmet. The right (north) side of the couloir seemed worse.



A fun climb, worth repeating!
Posted May 31, 2002 8:51 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: standard gray/torreys route Date Climbed: June 2, 2000  Sucess!
Went on a Friday - stood alone on the peak waiting for my friend to catch up and 15 mountains goats popped up one at a time from the steep side. What a delight! One of Colorados prettier 14ers.
Posted May 31, 2002 3:53 pm

dpRoute Climbed: Dead Dog Couloir Date Climbed: May 19, 2002  Sucess!

dp

great snow climb, 45-50 degree pitch. Conditions soft for this time of year. Snowpack is a bit sketchy, with weak layers, but saw several people skiing down (plan that for next year!)
Posted May 28, 2002 1:08 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch over Grays Date Climbed: Aug 10 1995  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

I was getting some altitude training for the Leadville 100. At the start I met some climbers who had just finished Grays and Torreys and were going over to climb Lincoln, Bross, and Democrat that day also, which I thought was pretty impressive.
Posted May 19, 2002 4:23 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

darinchadwick

The famous knife edge wasn't too bad. Edging around the gendarme before the knife edge was more difficult, so thought I. At any rate, ridge climbs are great, and this was a fun cruise with just a little spice.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 11:44 am

spyder550Route Climbed: North Slopes II from Stevens Gulch Trailhead Date Climbed: Oct. 7, 2001  Sucess!

spyder550

Climbed after a cold ascent up Greys. Very quick traverse in between mountains. It began to snow last few feet but finished the climb. No knew snowfall at the time so most was leftover from Spring and safe traveling on. Great mountains to climb on a day off.
Posted Dec 28, 2001 10:48 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Dead Dog Couloir Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

Zeke

Climbed 3 times before but first time VIA Dead Dog. Soloed, up and down in about 6 hours and that was after getting back from a couple of weeks in Hawaii. By the way, the snorkeling in Maui is awsome! But this is a great climb and very enjoyable, easy access and nice and long, solid snow. Watch for slides tho. some one was lifted out of there, having fell in Dead Dog the week after we were there.
Posted Nov 28, 2001 12:09 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: September 23, 2001  Sucess!

xskier77

Hike from Grays on a very sunny day. Lots of people on the summit of Grays not so many on Torreys. This was my forth 14er.
Posted Nov 13, 2001 9:13 am

steelemanRoute Climbed: Stephen's Gulch Date Climbed: September 1991  Sucess!

steeleman

My first 14er. Saw a mountain goat 100 feet below the summit. Very cool. Great views out over summit county and down to Pikes Peak country
Posted Oct 28, 2001 5:23 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch TH with Grays Date Climbed: 8/16/00  Sucess!

odysseus

A short walk down and up the saddle afier climbing Grays. Traffic control was needed on the mountain, there were so many people going up and down that day.
Posted Aug 30, 2001 11:44 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: 7/20/97  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Wonderful hike...great to do in tandem with Grays!
Posted Aug 16, 2001 11:30 am

miztflipRoute Climbed: Many Date Climbed: Jan. 1999-present  Sucess!

miztflip

I have climbed and skied Torrey's in all seasons. One trip in April to ski the Emperor remains my all time coolest ski descent of a high peak. Over 3000 vertical on some sick terrain.
Posted Aug 8, 2001 3:06 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: 07-16-2001  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

Great route. Great weather. Great day. It was goat city up there with lots of them all over the place.
Posted Aug 5, 2001 11:56 pm

mwalker2Route Climbed: Chihuahua Gulch Date Climbed: 9/3/00  Sucess!

mwalker2

Great entry up the Gulch, then a little harder to the saddle, then a little harder to Torreys, a simple pop to Gray's, then down, down, down into my boots on the interminable descent.
Posted Jul 29, 2001 1:21 pm

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