Started early in the morning, with insufficient snow to warrant huge avalanche concern, and still went by the winter route around Kelso and up the ridge. Gained the ridge shortly after 8 AM, and kept a steady, but relaxed pace, summiting just before noon. Was extremely windy throughout the entire duration of the route, but clear skies. Snow on the ridge was extremely variable, with a solid wind crust on the west side and soft, sometimes deep powder on the east side. Was aided by having an ice axe on only two occasions and the technical climbing was very accessible. Went over the top of the White Tower rather than traversing the west side. Very fun and fulfilling day.
Wondering how many people out there today also called in sick, I know I did. Did the traverse from Grays then headed out. Definitely an easy up and down
Got in from SeaTac @ midnight the night before, not to bed til 2am, up at 7 to drive south to Lone Tree for my Turo rental @ 8. 1.5mi drive into the trail before my poor Sedan could take no more. Hiked 1mi on the road and hitched the rest of the way to the TH. Sadly relating this as my latest start ever and my latest down time ever x_X - 10:15am start, ominous clouds formed up high on and off all day. Lots of people, lots of goats, marmots, and pika. Did alright for sea level with less than 10hrs of acclimation and no sleep, but started to breathe like a fish out of water ~13.7k. Lots of walk 30ft, drink water, walk 30ft, breathe hard the rest of the way up the typical route to Grays, down the saddle, and joined a team of ladies to finish up Torreys. Took the saddle shortcut back and a voluntary long 500+ ft glissade down before hoofing it all the way out. Back to TH by 5:45pm for another hitchhike down to car. Much longer day than anticipated! But fun and weather held
Started at 4 am. It was perfect day. It got super windy at the ridge, but over all not too bad. Loved it.
Beautiful day, lots of people out hitting the trails. Saw some people doing Kelso, and got jealous ha.
Did with Grays as well, beautiful fall day
Second 2fer after doing Evans and Bierstadt.
Hiked up after ascent of Grays Peak.
With Sandra and Ben
Attempted the Kelso ridge solo but turned around due to being alone, leaving my InReach at home, and high winds whipping over the ridge. Ended up summitting both peaks via the standard slog.
I did Grays and Torreys in 3:50. It started raining once I was in the Valley.
Came up the Kelso Ridge route which was super fun! Then ran over to Grays and then record time down from Grays to the Trailhead in 26:15.
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.