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Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby ian101 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:46 pm

Hi All - I'm starting to plan a few 14er trips for the upcoming season. I had several summits last season, but my favorite was the Kelso Ridge route on Torrey's. Can anyone recommend routes relatively close to Denver that have a similar level of difficulty and exposure? I have a few in mind after using the exposure / difficulty screeners on the site, by any firsthand recommendations would be much appreciated.

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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby Brian C » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:51 pm

Buy this book and find the class 3 routes. You will not be disappointed.
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby ian101 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:05 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. Would you recommend the IPW book over his 14ers book? (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/listing/2688056617700?r=1&cm_mmca2=pla&cm_mmc=GooglePLA-_-Book-_-Q000000633-_-2688056617700)

Out of curiosity, do you think that there are better peaks in IPW similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's than there are 14ers close to Denver?

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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby Brian C » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:20 pm

ian101 wrote:Thanks for the recommendation. Would you recommend the IPW book over his 14ers book? (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/listing/2688056617700?r=1&cm_mmca2=pla&cm_mmc=GooglePLA-_-Book-_-Q000000633-_-2688056617700)

Out of curiosity, do you think that there are better peaks in IPW similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's than there are 14ers close to Denver?


I think there are greater scrambling adventures to be had near Denver if you're willing to do more than 14ers. The IPW has a wonderful collection of scrambles all in a small space that is not highly traveled and closer to Denver than all but a handful of 14ers.

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Front Range 14er scrambling routes (class 3-4)
Longs Peak - The Keyhole: Class 3, Loft to Clark's Arrow: Class 4
Mt. Bierstadt - Sawtooth Ridge: Class 3, East Ridge: Class 3
Torreys Peak - Kelso Ridge: Class 3
Grays Peak - Traverse to Edwards: Class 2+
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby Cruiser » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:23 pm

Beirstadt's East Ridge is similarly challenging but much less traveled. Bill has a nice route description up on the Bierstadt page. Search the trip reports for "tour d'abyss" for some info about a longer route that includes the East Ridge.
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby ChrisinAZ » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:11 pm

The East Ridge up Pettingell is easier than Kelso, but you can certainly ramp up the difficulty and exposure factor at your leisure at several points on the ridgeline. At the last steep bit before the summit, you can easily take it to class 4/low 5th on the cliffy bit, or stay left and keep it at class 3. The trailhead is literally 30 seconds off I-70 just before the tunnel, and it's a relatively short climb.

It's not close to Denver, but Ellingwood's SE ridge is a real treat. Similar climbing to Kelso, albeit much more sustained. You don't get a lot of mental break once you hit the first tough section, and the last few hundred feet to the summit can be challenging, but it's far superior to the standard route up that mountain! Probably the easiest and safest way to do some fun, mostly-solid scrambling in the Blanca/LB/Ellingwood trio...
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby schrund » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:25 pm

The West Ridge on Quandry might offer a similar flavor :wink:
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby powhound » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:01 pm

Near Breckenridge...Helen to Fr. Dyer...stay ridge proper and it is quite exciting. Then (weather permitting) down climb Fr. Dyer's "other" east ridge. This one is listed in Cooper's scramble book. This is easier and makes for a pleasant way down... and a long fun day of ridge running. If the weather looks bad from the Fr. Dyer summit, you can quickly bail between Fr. Dyer and Crystal.
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby EatinHardtack » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:08 pm

Pacific, East Ridge
Citadel-Hagar
Lots of options in the IPW, as described above
Tenmile Traverse, Peak 1-6, could go longer down to 10.
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby DeTour » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:47 pm

+1 to Quandary's west ridge. Maybe a little more intense than Kelso in a couple spots, but comparable. Bierstadt's east ridge is on my short list for this summer, plus Sawtooth for the Tour d'Abyss. And, not close to Denver, but Sneffels' southwest ridge was a gas, my first airy ridge route. Those plus Ellingwood's SW ridge complete my wish list for what Roach calls "sporting alternatives" - spicy ridge routes on 14ers with relatively tame standard routes.

I've only done 14ers with my once-a-year visits, but I've had my eye on that Father Dyer-Helen ridge - might be my first 13er quest some year soon. It's not far from Quandary, the two would probably make a great back-to-back combo.
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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby ian101 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:11 pm

Great suggestions - thanks to everyone for the responses.

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Re: Routes similar to Kelso Ridge on Torrey's?

Postby EatinHardtack » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:42 pm

I'll second the Father Dyer-Helen tour. It's a fun ridge.
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