| Grays - North Slope, Torreys - South Slope
Our climb started early. We left our cars and headed towards the bridge at 6am. I highly recommend going early even if you think you can make both peaks in a reasonable amount of time, because catching the sunrise across the peaks is gorgeous.
Continuing along the path leading the saddle between Grays and Torreys, it became colder and windier, but still manageable.
Unfortunately, we heard someone slip and fall due to the snowy conditions. As we passed them, they seemed to have it well in hand with tape and Ace bandages and declined needing any help. So we carried on. We saw some local wildlife, at long last, even though it seems as if every guidebook says you will see some on every trail you hike.
We chose to do Grays first and reached the summit at approximately 9:30am. It was an icy wind that accompanied us on our climb and we were half frozen by the time we got to the top, even with all of our wool, fleece and down layers.
Then we hurried down to the saddle and headed over to Torreys, summiting by 11am, to a much more hospitable and warm peak!
We had a small snack and decided to head down. Overall it had been a pretty normal 14er day, until halfway through our descent. We projected we would be at the TH by 12:30, but along the way we came across the injured hiker from earlier in the morning. Most of her group had descended already b/c of altitude sickness, but two of her friends had stayed with her to help her hop down the mountain. My friend and I immediately offered to piggy-back carry her down. The truly epic event started shortly afterwards. As more and more hikers were descending, they also offered to help and we had 10+ hikers helping us carry her down in a rotating fashion. Along the way, we also invented an "off-label" use for trekking poles. (They work really well as seat supports to help stabilize someone who is being carried.) After a big cheer when we hit the bridge to summer TH, we took a group photo:
Thanks for everyone who stopped to help, including one guy who did the majority of the longer carries. Strong work!
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