This ridge is one of the finest most rewarding climbs Ive done. Brought along a friend from Texas who had a great time, but was a bit sore and out of breath by the time it was over. This ridge provides great exposure and a classic mountaineering feel to the climb. Climbed in conjuction with Gray's, it was really a nice tour of the cirque by the time the day was over. Only one tough part to speak of on the ridge, sketch factor of about 5 on a 1-10 scale. Cheers!
Tagged Torreys on Thursday, July 1, 2004 following the summit of Grays. Pretty windy up there and a little chilly too!
I got off the plane from Detroit and headed straight to the top of Grays and Torreys. Needless to say, I had a bad headache and was a little dizzy. There was no snow anywhere! Very unusual.
very cool looking mountain on the approach. Lots of people. Next time I am aiming for kelso ridge, we'll see what this knife edge is all about.
(1) The first fourteneer I ever climbed, with a friend who admitted a fear of heights. Gutsy fellow. The Knife-Edge was a blast.
(2) My first solo couloir climb, and, again, a blast: I was very fit, had great weather, a great climb, tagged two fourteeners, enjoyed the Mother of all Glissades from the summit of Grays down to the basin, and still got back to the Fort for lunch. My trip report is here.
The most intense Class 3 I have been on yet. The fun just keeps on coming, with the grand finale knife edge!
finally got up there by myself this past march.
My first Class 3 climb. Climbing the ridge is a good way to escape the crowds on Torreys. Things got a little dicey when I left the ridge and ended up near the top of the Dead Dog Coulior, which still had some snow and the occasional falling rock ;-). I went back onto the ridge. The knife edge is serious exposure, my heart was pounding for that. I straddled the knife edge and scooted across with no shame whatsoever ;-).
Along the way I encountered 3 or 4 other climbers. When I reached the summit it was like I arrived at a party. The summit was teeming with hikers, and you could see them streaming up the trail below.
the standard is a zoo, the kelso ridge is cool! and not crowded. it's fun to watch the crowds wonder where you camefrom when you top out.
Surprisingly to myself I felt better nearing the top of Torreys than I did at Grays. My brother-in-law was really starting to feel the altitude at the top, but a little food and rest did him well. While laying down he did miss some goats that came not more than 20 ft. away from us. A great day for my first 14,000 ft. experience.
Second time to visit Torreys' summit. Solo trip with great weather and great views.
Done it 3 times, and will probably do it 25 more! A great 3rd class scramble. Good workout, decent rock, excellent scenery. A welcome introduction to Class 3 for anyone
Great combo with Grays for a season warm-up or an intro to 14er climbing!!
Third straight July that I've summitted Torreys (maybe I should start a tradition?). This time, I led Erin up Kelso Ridge, and we took the more difficult variations when we felt comfortable. We downclimbed Kelso Ridge and capped our day by summitting Kelso Mountain. A trip report is available here.
I soloed Kelso Ridge, taking the easiest route possible (which is looser and less fun than staying more on the crest), except for the fourth-class dihedral before the knife-edge, which I did climb. Was surprised by the ease with which I crossed the knife-edge -- in fact, I found it harder a year later! I descended Torreys' standard route. A trip report is available here.
Reached my 2nd 14er of the day after much prodding from Erin.
Great climb. Crowded summit on a perfect summer day! No one else came up from the Peru Creek / Chiuahua Gulch side though, so good option to avoid the crowds and add a little more distance to the climb.
What a winter climb! Only my fourth fourteener, but what a way to do it!
This was my third 14er and my first experience with altitude sickness. Torreys seemed much steeper than Grays (or was that my body trying to tell me something). About halfway up Torreys I became disoriented and lightheaded. Not to mention the pounding in my head. After a couple of aspirin, some water and a snack I was feeling better.
I pushed myself (while my friend pulled) towards the summit. After about an hour we made it!! I was still feeling kinda funny so we didn't stay long. After descending back down to the saddle I felt much better but was still exhaused.
We decided to traverse accross the snowfield on Grays back to the switchbacks. Even though it was well traveled, it was still pretty steep and one wrong step would send you hundreds of feet down to the bottom. I was scared to death!!
We made it safely accross to the switchbacks. It was pretty late by then so we had the rest of the trail all to ourselves. We got back to our car at 7pm if you can believe it!
What a great day!