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zzrilRoute Climbed: N. Ridge Date Climbed: April 1990  Sucess!


Great climb. Had the peaks all to ourselves and even found a couple of abandoned beers in a stream on the way out.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:23 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Steven's Gulch Date Climbed: August 15, 2002  Sucess!


My 2nd 14er! Along with Grays, this is a great pair for a 1st and 2nd 14er.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 8:19 am

climberkjpRoute Climbed: From Grays - Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: October 26, 2002  Sucess!


Great October climb. Ran into some snow on the afternoon descent, but gorgeous morning.
Posted Oct 27, 2002 10:21 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: From Grays Date Climbed: August 1 2001  Sucess!


Mountain goats everywhere.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 2:20 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!


Great hike. It was little windy and cold on the summit. I couldn't drive over the big rutted section of the road with my Saturn SL2, so that added an extra 1.5 miles each way. I tried to bring the wife and dog with me on this one, but they turned back where the tundra gives way to rock. Check out my trip report for more details. Visit my website for a complete set of my Torreys Peak photos: www.leachfam.com.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 11:44 am

ogonzooRoute Climbed: From Grays Peak Date Climbed: July 27, 2002  Sucess!


we had a late start on the day, we braved the storms way in the distance and headed up. we were the only two people on the summit around 2:30, it was cold and my nose was numb.
Posted Sep 19, 2002 8:23 pm

kcmuleRoute Climbed: From Grays Peak Date Climbed: September 16, 2002  Sucess!


Outstanding mountain, beautiful pointed peak. I daresay the views from Torreys edge out Grays. Along with being able to see several other 14ers clearly including Longs, we could also make out the Denver International Airport a good 75 miles away. To do Grays and not Torreys via saddle is a mistake. I got as close as I felt comfortable to the famous Knife Edge and got some good photos. Even met a beautiful all white mountain goat on the way down, what a splendid mountain.
Posted Sep 17, 2002 4:47 pm

rcorby2Route Climbed: Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: August 31st, 2002  Sucess!


This was the best climbing I have done to date! After getting through the class 3, and very exposed class 4 parts, I fealt a great sense of accomplishment! This route is definately a climb and NOT a hike! Trip report coming soon....
Posted Sep 5, 2002 1:53 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch TH route. Date Climbed: Aug. 9, 2002  Sucess!


Climbed along with Grays. Always a fun hike, despite the crowds. 6th of 6 fourteeners over 6 days.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 2:21 pm

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!


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!


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!


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

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


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!


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!


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!


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

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