The mountains are magical.
3:3:23 clockwise. If you're going for a good time starting early definitely helps even on the downs since you don't have to stop/ weave in and out of people a lot less.
Got another chance to climb this (with Dave) after being denied the double by bad weather 11 years ago. Strong winds with gusts that would knock you over made it it difficult. No snow as of yet.
What better way to celebrate the day before your birthday? Started at 4am and summited Grays around 6:30. At about mile 2, began to see snow bordering the trail, and then it quickly began accumulating. Got up to around 2-3 inches before the summit. Then, bagged Torreys right after sunrise before bombing down.
Solo climb up Kelso. Didn’t see anybody else! Some good scrambling that is not too difficult. The knife edge is actually very short and the first half is not very exposed. The rock is loose in some places but bomber where it counts. Fun climb. Continued to Grays. 4:18 car-to-car.
Part of a three-fer with Grays and Kelso
with Jimmy and dad after driving down from Jackson Hole
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.