Grays/Torreys 10/19

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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby Gumba » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:13 pm

@Rocky_Mtn_Bryon you shouldn’t need any snow shoes unless cutting straight to Torreys Peak (route #2 on 14ers.com). The route #1 was very clear, I only recommend micro spikes because if it freezes to a hard crust (from being packed down from heavy repeat steps). If you go route #5 to Torreys Peak it seemed accessible with the same amount of snow. I don’t think you will need any snow shoes (just check the weather beforehand because it can change as we know in Colorado).
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby GregMiller » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:36 pm

How did Kelso Ridge look?
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby kushrocks » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:45 pm

GregMiller wrote:How did Kelso Ridge look?


Good question that would be what I am looking at as well for Saturday
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby Gumba » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:32 pm

@GregMiller & Kushrocks. The Kelso Ridge appeared clear. I didn’t travel it so hesitant to put feedback.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby esagas » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:57 pm

Rocky_Mtn_Bryon and I are doing Grays/Torreys from Loveland Pass this Saturday. Our plan is to leave a shuttle car at the Grays/Torreys parking lot and start from Loveland Pass at around 7:00 am. Please contact us if you're interested in coming along.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby cbrobin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:33 pm

PM sent.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby Bluefin234 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:50 pm

I'll be in Denver visiting from California and may give Grays a shot on Saturday. I cannot commit to a starting time because Friday night I might engage in some excessive consumption. Anyway, from what I am reading, the dress code is full winter mountaineering regalia except for crampons / ice axe which suits me because I don't plan on checking in bags and I don't think the TSA will allow an ice axe in the carry on. Looks like we are in for some snow so I am also planning to rent snowshoes from REI. Please comment and I look forward to seeing some of you on the trail.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby Rocky_Mtn_Bryon » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:55 pm

Yeah, snowshoes or microspikes should do the trick. With snowshoes you may have to be taking them on and off a lot, as you hit rocky patches. Make sure you are dressed for it.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby cbrobin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:16 pm

I'm in. It looks like we need a 4X4 to get to the trail head. Anyone?
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby skik2000 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:43 pm

No 4x4 but something with some decent clearance would be nice.
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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby cbrobin » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:31 pm

Where will you be when Summer's gone?
-The Doors

I know where I was, on top of Gray's Peak. It was Damn windy and cold above 13,000 feet. Every few minutes I had to brace myself so I didn't get blown over. At the summit Marcus(Bluefin234 ) pulled out a wind gage (really). There were 30 mph winds with gusts beyond that and a wind chill of -10. Bryon(Rocky_Mtn_Bryon ) and I started to hike over to Torreys and realized we'd be completely exposed for a few hours and bailed on the plan and hiked down and out. FYI Grays and Torreys are considered two of the easiest 14ers. Not today.

I do this for fun.


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Re: Grays/Torreys 10/19

Postby esagas » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:01 pm

I'm glad to see that both of you summited Grays and are safe. Kudos! Definitely, it was not a good day to be on that ridge...

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