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 Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
 Post Date:  04/05/2008
 Date Climbed:   04/05/2008
 Posted By:  Eaglevu

 Grays Peak - Standard Route from I-70   

Trailhead: Bakerville
Route: Grizzly Gulch, to Stevens Gulch, and along the standard trail to Grays Peak.
Miles: 12
Feet: 4,400
Hours: 8

This was a good day for winter climbing. Clear and sunny, but cool, with frequent wind gust. Road to standard trail is well packed from hikers, skiers, a snowmobiles - snowshoes were not necessary. They were needed on standard trail to at least 13,200' (signage on the main ridge to the summit). There were seven in our group, with five reaching the summit. The entire trip was a real workout. This was a CMC sanctioned outing.

Andy White
Westminster, CO

 


  • Comments or Questions
Greg777


thanks     2008-04-06 08:33:14
Good report! I know a lot of us were wondering what the road condition was like.
Did you do Grays first?


Djr1957

Grays Peak     2008-04-06 15:18:40
Hi Andy,
Thanks for the report on your climb. Do you carry an ice axe or use crampons? It sounds like you made it to the summit with snowshoes and good clothing. Is that correct?
Thanks
David


Eaglevu


Grays Peak     2008-04-06 21:01:21
I was one of the two that did not reach the summit. The cold air was seizing up my lungs. I have always had a hard time with winter climbing. My mates who did make the summit were still wearing their snowshoes above 13,200‘.
Unless you are on solid glacier-type snow in Colorado, crampons are not useful. And crampons, along with ice axes, are only practicle on steep ascents. Not the case here. I do carry my axe on off-route traverses. - Andy


Eaglevu


Photos     2008-04-08 20:41:13
http://pictures.aol.com/ap/viewShare.do?shareInfo=mFQYMXJcDsV5RJ2JYBKmI%2boqyp8PVL6FY0hbQG629b1WGd%2bBXiXp6w%3d%3d


skier25


Wonderful Pictures!     2008-04-12 23:13:19
This is just what I was looking for. It seems that the standard route is fairly stable (unless it‘s changed). What do you think about ski conditions?



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