|Peak:||Grays Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Grays and Torreys|
|Date of Information:||02/19/2012|
Grays & Torreys summit yesterday (2/20/11). Left the winter TH at 4:30 am-75 minutes up the wide packed road to the trailhead. Since we were the first party of the day we needed snowshoes to make the drift work easier, kept them on for most of the Grays Peak Trail to the base of Grays. From there it was micro-spikes the rest of the day, pretty straightforward, minimal avalanche danger up to Grays. The ridge up to Torreys had some nice cornices, pretty to look at, easy to stay off of. Coming off of Torreys we pretty much had to regain Grays summit to avoid the seemingly unstable snow field hanging under the saddle. Once we were well below the field we watched two skiers start from right below the cornices and have a blast skiing down what we had just painstakingly circumnavigated. Snow started falling nicely as soon as we were back on the Grays peak trail all the way back to the car. 14 miles RT, 4600 ft of gain, 12 hours. Great day for the Trinidad Mountaineering Club!
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