Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Post Date:  06/16/2010
Date Climbed:   06/16/2010
Posted By:  gprandall


 Grays Peak standard route 6/16/2010  


Grays Peak via standard route from Stevens Gulch 6/16/2010



This morning I climbed Grays via the standard route from Stevens Gulch and shot sunrise from the summit. The road to the trailhead was dry and easily passable to 2wd cars despite the snow over the weekend. The trail itself is snow-free to about 12,500 feet, and is continuous snow above that. Although I brought ice axe and crampons, I did not need them, as the trail is well-packed and obvious. After the warm, sunny day yesterday, the new snow from the weekend storm seemed well-bonded to the snow underneath, and I had no concern about avalanche danger, at least in the early morning. Although I did not ski or snowboard the peak, I suspect the skiing would have been very challenging, with a heavy crust over the new snow. It took me about 3 1/2 hours to the summit with about 20 pounds of camera gear. As I was descending, I did notice several people heading up the peak in running shoes; they are in for some very cold, wet feet! The photo below is of Torreys Peak from the summit of Grays at sunrise. To see more photos shot at sunrise from the summit of Fourteeners, please visit www.glennrandall.com

Glenn Randall
www.glennrandall.com





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