Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  07/04/2011
Date Climbed:   07/02/2011
Author:  arianna2

 Grays and Torreys Combo  

Another beautiful day, another awesome climb. I just want to give some times and conditions for those of you that might be climbing Grays and Torreys soon. Anticipating lots of campers for the 4th of July weekend, we decided to do the easy thing and get a hotel in Silverthorne. We left a little after 4 am and started the hike at about 4:50. There were some campers along the road and at the trailhead. A few hikers already, but not many. There was some snow on the trail but usually only short distances. Not enough to make getting the microspikes out worthwhile. It was a bit icy in spots though. Lots of water, but nothing hard to get around. Our shoes never got too wet, but some of the later starters had what appeared to be soaked shoes. Image Image Image We reached the summit at 7:30. No one else was there so we hung out for about 20 minutes. There was some wind but not too bad. Image We left for Torrey’s at about 7:50 and reached that summit at 8:40. The trail was dry. I wonder how much longer that cornice will be there. (Some did break away later on our descent.) Image Image Image The bowl looked really steep and we only saw one other person glissade. We decided to take our chances. That was the longest, most fun glissade ever. It was almost worth going up again… almost. Image Image We did pass quite a few people on our way down. Again the snow was pretty soft and wet, so wear good shoes if you start late. We estimated maybe 60 cars at the trailhead when we got back at about 11 am. What a day. Image The next day we did go up to Guanella Pass to hike to square lakes to fish. Beirstadt and Evans looked awesome. Tons of people. Looking forward to reading trip reports on that and returning later in the year.

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 Comments or Questions

Nice post
07/05/2011 19:56
Nice trip report. I was on Kelso Ridge at the time when you guys summited. I saw your glissade!!


07/07/2011 23:03
Did you need an ice axe for that glissade, or was the run out good enough?


07/08/2011 04:55
No we just shortened our treking poles. I dug my feet in a little bit to slow myself down too since I was the first going down and a bit nervous. I had a nice avalanche going in front of me. Craig was behind me and had no problem going as fast as he could - since nothing happened to me. The snow was soft at 10am so speed could be controlled. Real early, it might be a little icy.

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