Solo climb of Kelso Ridge in a summer snowstorm
Easy walk up, even after 5 hours' sleep in 2 nights and 3 consecutive days heavy drinking (thank you GABF). Much colder and windier on Grays than on Torreys. I was very surprised at the number of people. Although we started around 5 a.m., it was a bit of a conga line and we met quite a few people heading up even when we got back to the trailhead around 11:30 (we spent about an hour on the summit of Torreys).
Also, I counted at least 8 people playing music through external speakers, either on their phones or via Bluetooth. If you are this person...don't.
Perfect day for a hike. No clouds in the sky and no wind on the ridges. Ascended via the standard route. Parked our car near the highway and bummed a ride up and back down from about a mile from the trailhead. Fall colors galore!
came up kelso ridge...blast of a climb
Summited second after Grays.
Ascent via Kelso Ridge (tons of fun). Linked up Grays and descended via North Slopes.
Summited Grays first and then down the saddle and back up to Torreys. 5 hours total.
Unique summit #100.. kinda cool, i guess?
The ridge is a fun route. Would be much more so had I been in any kind of altitude shape! 1st of season is always a lung burner (when you live at 600ft). 3-4 sections of fun climbing. Knife edge is really not that big a deal, unless you just have never experienced any kind of exposure before. Worst part of the route is the sections of just soul-crushing sandy scree..
I'll probably do it again at some point so I can bag Gray's as well. Weather came in.
Climbed late in season, so there was some snow along the way, still a great climb
07/15 w/Cory Martin
Via Kelso Ridge
It was remarkable how much easier it was ascending from the saddle to Torreys compared to just the last couple hundred feet of Grays. I guess it takes some shocking your body to the altitude for it to not hate you every step.
The start of an addiction for me! I finished all of the Colorado 14ers 13 months after climbing Torreys Peak.
After some fresh snow the night before, I had the area to myself. Was able to follow the trail most of the time, but lost it occasionally due to snow drifts. Super windy up high made for quite the adventure. Blue skies and beautiful. Parked about a mile below the summer trailhead. 8 hours round trip for both peaks. Trip Report
Kimberly and I hiked Torreys Peak, a Colorado 14er. As expected, it was very crowded, but still a nice hike anyway. We saw four marmots and many pikas. This was Kimberly's first 14er since her heart surgery, so we didn't do Grays.
Great day to climb two Fourteeners. Did the Grays & Torreys combo. If you look to north and west, you can see Mount Sniktau. Spectacular climb. Happy Trails!
Great hike. Lots of snow, microspikes necessary. Had a great glissade down from the middle of the bowl between the mountains!
Started around 7AM. Was able to make it all the way to trailhead. There was a few inches of snow on the road, however. Did the standard combo route by ascending Gray's first then crossing the saddle to Torrey's. Followed a separate trail down from the bottom of saddle. No need for snowshoes. Did not bring crampons, but would have been nice on a few sections. LOTS of wind on the saddle and Torrey's summit. Back at car around 2PM.
Nice day with my son.
Climbed both Grays and Torreys by Kelso ridge. Parking lot was full by about 4am on a Saturday. Had the mountain to ourselves the entire way up Kelso ridge, but could see the lines of people heading up the standard route. Kelso ridge was a blast, had a little route finding mishap near the top and managed to somehow completely circumnavigate the knife edge. Once at the top of Torreys it was crowds of people all the way to Grays and down. Lots of snow in late August made for some slippery conditions from all the packed snow. 500+ people on the mountain made for some traffic jams on the way down.