Attempted Kelso Ridge on a dubious winter Saturday. We bailed onto the North Ridge after deciding to abort. Trip report is here
Took a long awaited trip up Kelso ridge - the knife edge section and the exit onto the white rock was definitely the highlight of the climb. Watch for loose rock down low on the route, I set loose a rock the size of a microwave that looked well anchored.
This was my second successful trip on Kelso Ridge. The first was about a year ago. Both trips were fantastic, with incredible views, great exposure, and great hiking conditions. The weather was perfect yesterday -- temps in the 60's and a slight breeze. We saw very little snow, none on the trail. This is my favorite hike/route in Colorado.
Climbed this with my brother-in-law, nice ridge route. Fun day.
This was an absolute blast! More of a scramble than a climb but I will definately return to do it again!
Continued onto Gray's, traversed over to Mt. Edwards and descended a nasty scree gully off of McClellan Mountian almost directly to the Steven's Gulch TH.
Kelso was a lot easier than I expected. Don't let the horror stories of the knife edge scare you. It's a pussy cat!
Climbed Kelso Ridge to Torreys summit with partner. Trail ran back down to the valley and ascended Kelso Mountains Wesr Ridge solo. RT: 5 hours.
I'd wanted to do the for some time. It went suprisingly fast but was fun. I wish the scrambling had been longer. Snow over the Knife-Edge robbed me of the fun and instead was an easy snow walk. Definately worth climbing Torrey's again. 3hr 5min RT.
Great way to make Torreys Peak more exciting, take on the class 4 wall directly instead of skirting it as the guidebook suggests.
first solo ridge scramble. got lost once and had to reclimb to the ridgecrest. the knife edge was a rush!
Did this solo, loved it. Passed a few people on the way, took a few of the more difficult routes which increased the excitement. Agree with lilmantis...this is a great solo 14er route.
It was a awesome climb. The expsosure was exhilerating. But I wasnt in very good shape, so I was quite tired afterwards.
Nice winter ascent, the ridge was a liitle slippery, but the snow allowed a good alternative to some very slippery class 4.
Was to climb grays trail with someone, but they bagged. Hiked up and saw 3 people starting the ridge at the mine shaft/house. I went over and started after them, passing them as they rested, and being passed as I made a route finding error.(yes I even get lost on a knife edge ridge). Great climb, only did Torreys, I will save Grays and Edwards for another day.
Did this solo. One of the best solo routes on a 14er!
Great route up the hill, good way to avoid the rush. The class 4 isn't much of a problem.
This was a great alternative to coming up the crowded trail. Started at 5:20, summit at 9:00, and beautiful views all around- the ridge wasn't as hard as all the guidebooks made it sound.
This ridge is very fun, good description on the route page. Note you can go around the class 4 knife ridge but it is bad rock (compared to the solid stuff on the ridge), its class 3. Also, before you reach the summit you have to either cross dead dog couloir (after the class 4) or the NW couloir if you take the backside to avoid class 4).
Great climb, I think that this was my first real ridge climb. Could have been better prepared with a helmet but every thing turned out great. Back then I was unable to climb this crux dihedral but he contured to the south side and got around it. Great feeling topping out!
My friends and I wanted to get in shape for our trip to the Cordillera de Blanca this summer. What better route to attempt than Kelso Ridge in the winter. Day started out at 3 a.m, usual for a winter accent. The hike up the trail was bitteraly cold, temps forcasted to hit about -1F with a low of -20F and 40mph winds. The weather was just that, or worse. We had to reatreat at about 13,400 feet due to the wind and cold temps. My friend had to take his goggles off due to the fog accumulating on the inside. In the few seconds his goggles were off, his eyes froze shut and we had to warm them back up to open them. After an exciting decent of Torrey's east face, we made it to the bottom. My friends and I made it out safely with only a little bit of frost nip on the cheeks. Goes to show Colorado mountains are still wild and cold. It was an exciting day with a lot of cool climbing, guess I will have to try it again.