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 Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  scottmoser
 Date of Information:  01/29/2012
 Date Posted:  02/01/2012
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Snowshoed in to 12,000 feet near the kelso ridge trail cutoff on Friday night and camped. Saturday went up to about 13,000 on Grays before turning back from high winds. Flotation is definitely needed now up to about 12,000 or 12,500. Above that, it's windswept. Microspikes may be advisable but east slopes are not really very snow covered. There is definitely no longer any chance of making progress up the road in a vehicle. I tried my jeep with chains on, and probably didn't even make it a quarter mile before spinning. Backed down just fine, but others without chains were sliding into the ditches... don't bother, just plan to hike it.


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