2nd time up this beautiful mountain. This route rocked!!! Great conditions, I'm sure this won't be the last time I do this couloir =)
Awesome day with a little rain after noon to cool me down. I watched a three man team with a dog have a close call climbing the face to the summit as an avalanche came within about 10 feet of their party. Fortunately, the made it safely to the summit. Good times and climb safe!
This route would be an excellent intro to third class ridge scrambling for anyone interested. The fourth class sections that exist are avoidable with patient route finding (but fun and short if you feel up to the challenge), and the knife-edge crux is short, easy and exhilirating at the same time. Just don't knock any rocks down into Dead Dog couloir. Climbed this with a coating of new snow on the shaded north side of the ridge, and ticked off Gray's while we were there. (Might as well, right?)
Climbed this with my dog and named her after the Peak.
Awesome climb! Great snow and weather. Forest road was clear to the Steven's Gulch trailhead.
Shallow new layer on frozen slush, pretty good steps until the top. Both couloirs are a little thin on snow in spots. Wintry conditions.
After summiting Gray's took the saddle over to Torrey's. The snow was excellent, as was the weather. Fun time all around.
Great climb, excellent snow conditions.
Most likely class 4 with rope highly recomended. We did it all without rope and did ok but for less experienced, bring rope.
Our plan was to climb Torreys via Kelso Ridge. Sounded pretty simple especially in september. Our plan was foiled by on of the worst blizzards i've ever seen and we had to turn back at 13,00 ft. See trip report.
After summiting Grays, we headed to Torreys. Good stuff as always, only it started to sleet & rain on the way down & both summits had no visibility. Oh well, it's still always great to do a hike!
6/25/2009: Dead Dog Couloir
6/24/2012: With Grays Peak
Enjoyed the climb, but too many others on the
Kelso ridge is an awesome route. Most of it is class 2 but the class 3 scrambling is fun. Some exposure (especially when youre right above the Dead Dog Couloir. Fun alternative, and the summit is more rewarding.
We started hiking about 8:00am. I was tired but moving along OK. Bill and I split up and went towards the ridge. The ridge was fun but the route finding was a little difficult. We got to the summit around 11:20 or so. I took off and met the students at the saddle. We hiked down and did some glissading. That was a blast. We got back to the car around 1:15. Bill and I went to the Red Ram saloon in George Town.
Started at 6:00am. Jim didn’t take food, was sick. We were both hungover. Grays at 10:30 then Torreys. Snowed on the way back, Pretty easy hike.
Torreys Peak just looks wicked! But it sure is a fun hike! The Kelso Ridge solo was a blast, but the Grays Peak trail with my dogs was the best. Milo the mountain dog and Abe the hard charger bagged both Grays and Torreys.
Conditions were excellent
Hiked both Grays and Torreys, the wind had a nasty bite, but the clear skies allowed amazing views. A lot of Mtn. Goats along the trail, passed 52 hikers on the way down and one stray dog following a group of hikers to the top.
2nd 14'er, climbed in conjunction with Grays Peak