Yeah, it seems that I always have to take a harder way down than up... but Kelso was awesome - my first serious exposure on a hike.
My 2nd summit of Torreys (1st was via Dead Dog Couloir a few years ago). This is a great climb, and we had perfect weather. There was just a short snowfield to cross after the crux below the summit (top of Dead Dog Couloir), but it was soft and easy to traverse without crampons. Ascended via the first dihedral and around the edge of the second on the crux. The knife edge was not nearly as intimidating as I expected- only one move that was a bit sketchy without pro.
Crowded but a good way to bag a couple of peaks in one day. Took my girlfriend up her first 14er via the Grays Peak Trail. Can't wait to try Dead Dog or Kelso Ridge.
3:00 up. Dry all the way up to the knife-edge crux above Dead Dog. A little slippery crossing hard snow after the crux at the top of Dead Dog. Great glissade down from normal trail starting below the Grays/Torreys saddle.
Came to within 100 ft. on Kelso ridge due to bad conditions and threatening weather. Will be back soon for the top.
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