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 Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
 Post Date:  12/01/2007 Modified: 09/04/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/15/2007
 Posted By:  huffy13
 Additional Members:   son-of-huffy13

 Grays/Torreys Sept. 07   

Having reached the summit of Mt. Elbert back in August, I was instantly addicted and made up my mind that I was going to take my son on a 14er hike for his 12th birthday. After getting some feedback from other members and a little research, I decided Grays/Torreys looked feasible.
We stayed the night at a motel in Silverthorne and tried to hit the sack fairly early in anticipation for the big day.(Niether one of us slept very well thanks to nerves and anticipation!) I woke up at 0430 a little concerned due to some lightning in the area and so I turned on the Weather Channel and watched the radar for about 45 minutes before it was obvious that the spotty little storms were fading out.
The drive up the CR to the trailhead was quite the white-knuckler for me due to the narrower road but the clearance on my truck was plenty. The road was a little muddy and slick due to the morning rain so it took a little longer to get to the TH than I had anticipated.
We hit the trail at about 0620 and kept a pretty relaxed but steady pace for the first 45 minutes or so. The mountains were covered with low, dark clouds that would sprinkle on us occasionally and even some small showers got us before the clouds broke at about 0830.
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Looking up the steep face of Torrey‘s just after the boulder field.
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Just above 12,500, the two of us pose with Kelso Mountain behind us.
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At about 12,800 ft it started dusting us with snow and the winds were gusty and very cold.
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There were lots of folks on the mountain and I figured there would be since it was a Saturday and the weather was going to turn out nice and everyone we came across was extremely helpful, positive and really made my son feel like he was taking part in something special.
Finally after many hydration/photo op breaks, we reached the summit of Gray's at about 0945 or so.
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My son couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear!!!
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He had knocked out his 1st 14er!!! We stayed on Gray's for about half an hour while we rehydrated and took some pics of the scenery.
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My son contemplated heading back to the TH and calling it a day since he was already getting worn out. I recommended that we head down the saddle and when we got to the trail junction there then we would make the call whether to head back to the truck or up to Torrey's.
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Once we got down Gray's on the bottom of the saddle, we both got our second wind and agreed that we would regret going as far as we had without also hiking Torrey's so up we went and reached the summit of Torrey's at about 1130.
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Obligatory summit pic on Torrey‘s.
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Pic of Breck and Quandary from Torrey‘s.
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Few pics of the two peaks on our descent.
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We spent about 20 minutes here since the wind seemed even colder than before and there were some darker looking clouds off to the west that I wanted no part of. We got back to the truck about 1400 and headed off to the Dam Brewery and Restaraunt in Dillon to celebrate our victory with dinner and beverages. (Brown Ale for me, Root beer for my son! )
Now my son is already planning our trip this next spring. We are thinking about the Licoln, Bross, Democrat combo or possibly Massive. We'll wait and see but I am glad he looks forward to doing this kind of stuff with his old man. He'll be getting to that age where he doesn't acknowledge me soon.
The next morning, my son w/ Princeton in the morning sun.
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  • Comments or Questions
dcbates80911


Nice report...     2007-12-02 21:17:17
Good report. Grays was my son‘s (8) first 14er. He didn‘t have the interest (at the time) of climbing Torreys. He wishes he had, now. Congrats on your trip. Something my son and I have started doing is collecting pins for the 14ers we (or I) have climbed. The one pins for Grays and Torreys is pretty neat as they are in the form of Ying and Yang. Here is a link to a website with the pins. Once again, congratulations.

http://www.backpackersmercantile.com/products.php?cat=3&pg=3(url)


helenasandell

Great trip!     2008-01-18 13:10:25
A smile came upon my face when I read your report! I would love to do a hike like yours with my sons, I think they would love it, but they are in the age when they don´t want to acknowledge me any more...but maybe I can convince them. Thanks for your advice you wrote as a comment on my report on Mount Elbert.
Grays and Torreys seem like summits I can manage.
Congrats on your trip .



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