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 Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
"Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
Point 12,915 - 12,915 feet
 Post Date:  01/01/2013 Modified: 04/22/2014
 Date Climbed:   12/29/2012
 Posted By:  dillonsarnelli
 Additional Members:   BenfromtheEast

 Grays from Loveland Pass   

Grays Peak from Loveland Pass



Mountains: (in order) Point 12,915, Cupid Peak - 13,117 ft., Grizzly Peak D - 13,427 ft., Torreys Peak - 14,267 ft. and Grays Peak - 14,270 ft.
Trailhead: Loveland Pass
Date Climbed: December 29, 2012
14ers.com Participants: Ben (BenfromtheEast) and Dillon (dillonsarnelli)
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 6,300 ft.
Time: 11 hours

On Friday night Ben sent me a text that said "KC & C?" to which I responded "G AND T, it's closer?". 9 hours later Ben was shivering on my doorstep and we were headed for Loveland Pass. At about 6:30 AM we exited the warm comforts of the jeep and headed for Point 12,915. This point is about a mile and 1,000 ft. gain from the pass. The remainder of the trek is along the Continental Divide.

One very important note - You have to reascend all of these peaks to get home! Eat your Wheaties!

Next stop: Cupid
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Sunrise over the summit of Cupid Peak - Elevation 13,117 ft.



Next stop: Grizzly Peak D
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The ridgeline to Grizzly (middle) as seen from the summit of Cupid. Torreys (l) and Grays (r) in the distance.


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Ben on the descent off Cupid.


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Grays and Torreys showing their heads.


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Ben en route to Grizzly, some perspective. Did I mention Benny is a BEAST.

From the low point the ascent up Grizzly's north face is steep, gaining approximately 650 ft.


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Summit of Grizzly Peak D - Elevation 13,427 ft.



Next stop: Torreys
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Dillon beginning the descent off of Grizzly.

We stayed along the ridge line for a good distance as there was less snow cover up top. There is even a little scrambling to be had in spots.

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Ben, look at yourself.


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Ben, did I already say look at yourself.


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Dillon on the Grizzly / Torreys saddle... NICE camera work, Ben


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holycornice

Once at the low point in the saddle, the ascent up Torreys is about 1,400 ft.

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Ascending Torreys, the summit ridge comes into view.


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Summit of Torreys Peak - Elevation 14,270 ft. - Ben


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Summit of Torreys Peak - Elevation 14,267 ft. - Ben (l) and Dillon (r)


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Kelso Ridge looking spectacular.


Next stop: Grays
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Grays / Torreys saddle


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Summit of Grays Peak - Elevation 14,270 ft.


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A look at Torreys on the descent off of Grays.

Rather than reascend Torreys on the return, we opted to aim for the low knob along the Torreys ridge (pictured above) from the saddle. There is still some reascending to do, but probably only a couple of hundred feet or so.

Next stop: REPEAT Steps 1-4 BACKWARDS.

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Sunset over Loveland Pass.


Back before dark and in time for dinner...

This was a long solid day and we were beat. SMOKIN' YARDS BBQ in Idaho Springs never tasted so good! Thanks for reading all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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  • Comments or Questions (17)
dmccool


My very own shout out!     2013-01-01 21:35:09
It's not too often you see the sun rise and set from above 13K. That's pretty freakin cool. I was too busy taking photos at home with the Olympus Sarnelli 3000 (timestamp ON, of course) to make this one - although I'd probably still be up there somewhere. I ate some donuts and did a pushup (or two) instead.


MountainMedic


Sufferfest     2013-01-02 00:56:46
You seem to love these winter epics! Oh, and the Mile High Carolina is a sandwich, which you hopefully ordered. Along with the fried pickles.


ChrisinAZ


Wow...     2013-01-02 07:30:02
FANTASTIC photos! And nice work doing that beast of a route in winter in a day!


Jay521


Nice!     2013-01-02 08:08:08
Really nice pics on what looks like a pretty long and arduous day.


SurfNTurf


Look at yourself     2013-01-02 09:05:21
I've done as far as Grizzly D as a snow route, and that was exhausting enough. Kudos to you and Ben for adding both Grays and Torreys.

And wait, there's something called a Mile High Carolina? WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME THIS?


ameristrat



Wow.     2013-01-02 13:00:37
I'm impressed. That's a long day! Good work guys, and nice write-up!


MonGoose



Awesome!     2013-01-02 13:01:43
Beautiful Sunrise! Looks like you guys had a blast.


colokeith


Well done boys!!     2013-01-02 14:25:45
I was up Grizzly on Sunday, and stopped for BBQ in Idaho Springs as well.

Nice job on the hike that is a BEAST of a day!!


jmc5040


Even worse     2013-01-02 18:24:29
I only made it to Cupid. Excuse... -30F windchill at the pass. Great work guys and awesome sunrise/set photos!


Trainer Keri


Look at YOURSELVES     2013-01-02 21:57:55
You guys are such studs....I'm in awe and speechless!!!!


Trainer Keri


STUDS     2013-01-02 21:59:26
And I'd like it if I knew how lol


dillonsarnelli


thanks gang!     2013-01-03 10:41:24
DDD - 1st TR comment! Thanks boss. Ben may still be up there, so he probably got to see the sun rise and set from 13K all week! PS - Miles called. He wants to know if we can trade cameras. PSS - Rocky called. He wants Drago in 2013!.... ”some” donuts, eh?

Ben? - You home yet? I wrote a trip report. Ben?

Tyler - I gave Stacy a Mile High Carolina sandwich this morning.

Chris, Jay, Ameristrat & Nick - Thanks guys. Pictures are easy in CO. It was a LONG haul, a little more than we bargained for, but the weather was solid and we got an early start. If there had been more snow, I'd probably still be out there with Ben! Thanks for the comments.

Jeff - Thanks man. I only put 19 pictures in the TR. Look at myself. Stacy can tell you ALL about the Mile High Carolina sandwich.

Keith - nice work. It doesn't get much better than Smokin' Yards BBQ (and those boiled peanuts) after a long winter trek!

jmc5040 - Cupid with a -30 windchill gets you a trophy in my book! I'd still be in my bed.

Keri?!?! really? - haha, welcome to the forum!

* MtnHigh - not enough white stuff to ski back there yet. Maybe off the back side of Grizzly down the saddle.... For now it's mostly stay high, some postholing and aim for the rocks.


MtnHigh


Long Slog     2013-01-03 10:22:21
This looks like a long walking slog - I don't suppose it's buried in enough to be skiable? Likely better in the spring.


lordhelmut


Fine feast after a fine climb     2013-01-04 08:56:34
Nice job on the day Dillon and nicer choice of post climb feasts. Smokin Yards is where its at!


BenfromtheEast


I just regained feeling in my toes.     2013-03-19 18:34:28
Ahhh, what a winter this was. Repeating snowflakes on G&T was a great way to kick things off. Hopefully Dillon comes out of tax hibernation soon.


cbrobin


Good TR     2013-10-16 18:53:58
I'm doing this one way on Saturday. This was helpful. Thanks.


cbrobin


Good TR     2013-10-16 18:57:50
I'm doing this one way on Saturday. This was helpful. Thanks.



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