Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Post Date:  02/12/2007
Modified:  02/13/2007
Date Climbed:   02/11/2007
Posted By:  boonecounty

 Grays Peak from Ruby Gulch  

Finally went and climbed Gray's peak in winter. As usual during the winter is was a Sunday thing because I coach high school wrestling (but only for one more week!). Joe and I left Denver on Saturday evening at 5pm and met Justin in Summit County. We did a quick gear explosion in Justin's condo and then headed for the Peru Creek TH near Montezuma. We started skiing in at 7:30pm, it was a warm beautiful night. We followed the well packed road up to the Chihauhau gulch road and upon entering Chi gulch we camped at 10,600ft. The snow was a nightmare with 4" of wind/sun crust covering bottomless facets. We quickly set up camp and luckily picked a spot with sufficient crust to enable us to camp right on top of it.

The next morning we woke up late and got moving later. We left camp after a nice breakfast at 9:30 am. We were able to skin all the way up Chi gulch where we hooked a right into ruby gulch. We ate lunch at treeline at 11:30 am. Around 3:30pm we summited Grays. The ascent was a mix of postholing through windcrust and cramponing hard windslab. Upon summiting we quickly headed down with strong winds and a cold windchill on the summit.

Once down off the steeper windslab we donned ski's and headed back to camp. We arrived at camp at 7pm. Broke camp and made it back to the car at 8:30pm. Lesson learned start early, but it was good fun skiing out the road by the light of our headlamps.

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