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 Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
 Post Date:  08/16/2009
 Date Climbed:   08/13/2009
 Posted By:  14er_Wiener

 Grays and Torres Glissade - a dogs eye view   

This one was a repeat for me and my owner, but a great hike especially midweek. It was a great ego boost after the slog up Blanc over the weekend. I‘d give it 3.5 out of 4 paws. The trail was lightly used and with mild wind and slightly overcast skies this was an awesome hike. I especially liked the Cosmic Brownies we had on top. If your are heading out for this hike you will want a hight clearance vehicle not necessarily 4WD to reach the trailhead and shave about 10 miles off the trek.
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I also met a cute blonde and her owner on top. We're almost neighbors. The cool people you meet on the trail usually make the day much more interesting especially when the crowds are light.
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We started about 6:30 and finished in about 5.5 hours. My owner is finally getting his conditioning up to snuff. Here we are on top of Grays.
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Torres is a bit steeper, but both good mountains for newbies. Humans didn't need their hands, but seem to like using hiking poles a lot especially descending. Also what's with the late start people? I'm constantly amazed by the daredevils who defy logic and head up at noon on an overcast day. Please read up on these mountains, and get an early start.
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Here is me and our hiking partner Ken on top of Torres. This is number 8 for him and because it's a repeat for me, I'm still at 28. This is my third repeat climb.
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On the way down we spotted a mountain goat. I got in trouble for barking, but most of the time nobody pays attention to me.
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The highlight of the trip for Ken and my dad was playing with dad's new ice axe. We cut over to the top of a snowfield below the saddle. Ken used the axe and my dad like a dope tried it sans ice axe. He nearly bowled Ken over flying by him about 20 mph. The bottom line is Ken is buying and ice axe and dad isn't lending his out any more. The second photo shows where we started in the upper left and with 4 transitons we glissaded all the way to the bottom of the snowfield.
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At the bottom of the snowfield were the remains of an old building, a huge stack of tin cans from ages ago and unforturnately some plastic litter that we packed out. If you try this glissade remember to step on the rocks not the fragile tundra. Next trip is Mt. Lindsay. Happy Trails!
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Conan out.



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  • Comments or Questions
KirkT


Nice weenie!     2009-08-17 12:59:04
Would love to take my weener up a 14‘er! It aint ever happening, with his age and short legs though!! Thanks for the report.

Kirk



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