New friend, Jeff and myself sumitted Torrey's Peak via Kelso Ridge yesterday. In the winter time, this ridge is NOT to be underestimated. The ridge itself took us almost exactly 5 hours to complete. Had some good weather and scary wind bursts but it was a very long, very satisfying day. Sunset from the summit was absolutely amazing! The 1st crux was pretty hairy as we climbed a lower 5th class chimeny on the south side. Challenging & rewarding day.
attempted Kelso Ridge, bailed down the North Ridge. TR here
Marni and I hit Torreys after Grays peak. Our 2nd 14er together.
CLIMBED VIA THE KELSO RIDGE...GREAT!!
Hiked the North Slopes to Grays and the South Slopes to Torreys from Stevens Gulch Trailhead. Clouds hovered around the summit and I considered going back to the trailhead instead of heading up to the top. Decided to go for it and the weather improved.
first of many trips up kelso ridge.
This was my 13th time climbing Torreys. We climbed Kelso Ridge from the Stevens Gulch trailhead and then over to Grays.
This was the first of many climbs of Torreys. Most climbs were from the Stevens Gulch trailhead on the normal route combined with Grays. I have done variations of Kelso Ridge 3 times. One of those times was from the Grizzly Gulch side meeting it above the Kelso saddle. I have also hiked over from Loveland Pass to Torreys and then down to Stevens Gulch trailhead.
Torreys was my first 14-er. At the time, I was such a flatlander that it really felt like a slog. It's amazing how perspective changes with experience.
2nd 14er and great ridge.
I had just moved to Colorado, and Grays and Torreys would be my first 14ers since moving here. The day started kind of gray, but didn't look threating. Easily bagged Grays and then headed over to Torreys. And while resting upon the summit it started to spit little balls of sheet. So at that point I started down, and when I got to the saddle between Grays and Torreys it was nearly whiteout conditions. Further down the snow turned to a cold rain. Fortunately I was dressed for the occasion, however many other folks were hiking in cotton sweatshirts, jeans, sneakers and no rain gear. At this point I'm thinking I am going to read about a lot of people who die due to the elements on these mountains.
Great hike with Kelly. Summited Torreys and Grays in good time. Beautiful fall colors!
Did the Grays/Torreys combination. Nice day, still snowy packed over most of the area. Lots of post-holing that day, and lots of skiers and snowboarders.
A fine day of climbing solo. Snow made the final 200 ft or so kinda of difficult in approach shoes.
We took the Kelso Ridge challenged and loved it! At the crux of the ridge we went right and down to avoid the bum slide. It was class 3 and just fine.
We climbed the south ridge after climbing Grays. An easy hike from the saddle up to the summit. Hope to try the ridge someday.
thought Id been one of only two or three people on the hill that day. then I suddenly ran into a BSA troop of 25 or more.
climbed via loveland pass..hitting up cupid peak and grizzly peak along the way...didn't see a single soul until we hit the summit of torreys. descended standard trail, good thing too...the weather was crazy that day.
Part of combo with Grays.
Climbing this late in the season was a tad tricky. There were lots of ice on the trail from the timberline on up. I slipped a few times and one of my friends, Daisuke, did it with his basketball shoes. LoL! We were young and daring, but we summitted both peaks! I'm recording this as the first time I took Torreys & Grays. There were other ascent up these peaks afterward but they're too many to mention.