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Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

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Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby Jp81 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:29 pm

I am planning a trip up Grays and possibly Torreys on Memorial Day weekend. Can anyone give me an idea of what kind of conditions I will encounter and what extra gear (if any) I will need? I've only trekked up one 14er (Blanca) before now, but that was an early September trip. Is this too ambitious for a beginner? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby tmathews » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:18 pm

Grays and Torreys are definitely not too ambitious for a beginner. You will likely still encounter a lot of snow, but the peaks are so heavily-trafficked that there will probably be a great boot pack. Make sure you take some kind of foot traction (Micro-spikes, Yaktrax, etc.). Memorial Day is probably going to be really busy, so be prepared to hike with a lot of people.

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Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby mattpayne11 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:40 pm

I'm sure that there won't be very many people on Grays and Torreys on Memorial Day, so make sure you bring a partner...

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I think you'll be just fine! Good luck! :-)

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Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby Jp81 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:02 am

Thanks for the replies. I do have a partner going, I wouldn't dare do otherwise. I've never hiked through snow before, will I be okay with just some strap on spikes? Will the trail still be visible? Sorry to ask such basic questions, but I want to make sure I am prepared.

Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby BobbyFinn » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:51 am

Snow conditions will vary. Here's a pic from June 13, 2009. The lower trail was pretty well melted, but, as you can see, the upper slopes still had some snow.
Microspikes http://www.rei.com/product/774966 should be sufficient and are less for the soft snow than they are for the hardpacked snow/ice caused by the warm conditions and all the hikers on the trail. Unless there's a dump of snow the night before, the trail will be visible - though it may not be the summer trail since in winter hikers tend to shortcut switchbacks.
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Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby Jp81 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:32 am

Do you suggest a different TH than Stevens Gulch and hiking up the standard east slope?

Re: Grays or Torreys on Memorial Day Weekend

Postby BobbyFinn » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:30 am

Jp81 wrote:Do you suggest a different TH than Stevens Gulch and hiking up the standard east slope?


Routes 3 and 8 here http://www.14ers.com./routelist.php?peak=Grays+Peak+and+Torreys+Peak might work for you, but I don't know how early that TH opens up.
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