Climbed with Torreys
It was our 9th anniversary date. Up Kelso to Torrey's, traverse to Gray's...fun and quick...time for BeauJo's on the way home! :)
I climbed Torreys with some people I met the previous weekend down in the San Juans. We started at 5AM. It was pretty windy most of the time. We encountered two other hikers on the ridge. There were a handful of people on Torreys. We rested there a few minutes before heading over to Grays.
Climbed Torreys via Kelso Ridge. After summiting Torreys, traversed to Grays Peak and then to Mount Edwards. Fun scramble, great views!
I'm not into scree slogs, so I don't think I would have done this peak without Kelso's Ridge or Dead Dog.
A nice jaunt from Grays via the usual route. What a spectacular view!
Via Dead Dog with TMac. Great couloir.
Slept at the TH, started around 7:45 and did Greys and Torreys. On the way down, we did an amazing glissade. These were 14ers number 14 and 15 for me. These were also are 8th and 9th 13k+ peak in 3 days. Cool views and an amazing area. Definitely worth the visit.
My partner wanted to go for it so we did.
Climbed many times, favorite route was the northeast ridge. Next though would like to Dead Dog Couloir...
My second 14er, which I traversed to after climbing Grays Peak. Also have been on the Kelso Ridge, but weather didn't allow me to summit.
Up Kelso over and down. Tons of people around. 4 hrs 15 minutes car to car, easy day.
Winter ascent of the pair, started at the bottom of the road, but surprisingly it was still drivable for about 2 1/2 miles. The trail is well packed down and snow shoes are not necessary. Yak-trax or mini-spikes may be helpful in a few hardpacked spots, but I didn't use them. Upper part of Grays is pretty dry, skis would be basically worthless.
Traversed from Grays with my older brother. Still want to get back for Kelso ridge sometime.
1st time don't remember date.
2nd time via Kelso Ridge
Part of a 12 fourteeners in 6 days spree. Kelso ridge rocks!
We did not expect to go after a two bagger this year, but as you climbers know this is a moderate climb if careful. We left from Stevens Gutlch. Had to bail fom the sedan rental on the approach when rocks/trail got too rough. But got to the trail-head and started the climb but churning elevation too fast. Daniel, my dear friend paid for it with altitiude sickness but made both. We actually lost the trail on the way up Grays and traversed the cleaveage South to North up to the summit of Torreys. I remember telling my friend Den to quit fricking bumping into me on the traverse as I did not want to fall into the bowl. And actually as my altimeter read above 14,000 feet, as were are on the grind up the South Face, my team did not think I/my altimeter was this full of shit. We all made the summit at 1030 hrs. 14,267 feet and could not eat. Almost threw up.......... But had to go on as we had one more to go.
PS I hope no other human being ever rents that rental sedan we took up to the trailhead