Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  06/02/2012
Date Climbed:   05/22/2012
Author:  atalarico

 Kelso Ridge Bliss (with video!)  

With zero percent chance of precipitation, and balmy temperatures predicted, I decided to go up to Torreys and solo Kelso Ridge. I could not have made a better decision! I put my headphones on, tuned into Jurassic 5, and started cruising at about 10:30. I know, not an alpine start, but remember, zero percent chance of storms and a good view of anything that would be coming up on me while I was on the ridge. There were a few other parties out there, but aside from the group of kids in running shorts and shoes that turned around after getting a taste of Kelso after about 200 feet, I was completely alone on the ridge...and it felt great.

Everything about this route is fantastic, and I was just "feeling it" the whole day. I've climbed steeper and more exposed things in my life (e.g. the Casual Route on the Diamond), but usually I get a little nervous without a rope. However, I never felt gripped during the whole ridge. I actually strolled along the top of what I thought was the knife edge traverse. While it wasn't the knife edge, it was still a good sign for me. However, I also realized that exposure and climbing skills are not always the norm, and that the route might be technical for people with less experience with either of those things.

I put my crampons on prematurely, so I had to harness my mixed ice climbing skills for the knife edge. They were rusty to say the least as I haven't ice climbed for months now. However, it helped having a familiarity with how crampons function on rock and how to best utilize different parts of them.

In the video I'm posting, you'll notice that I intentionally chose rock over snow sometimes and that likely put me off route, and vise versa. I was just having fun and didn't really care too much about the rest of it. Also, you'll notice I nudge some rocks a few times, but I was generally quite careful not to knock rocks down into Dead Dog Couloir. I knew that there wasn't anyone down there, but you never can be sure and I'd hate to ruin a great day snow climbing. Although, at that time of day it was likely just slush climbing.

Well, enjoy the video.


 Comments or Questions
Steve Climber

05/09/2014 12:26
Ain't nothin' wrong with a little Chali 2-na for solo ridgelining!!! We are headed up Kelso this Saturday. Hope we have as good a day as you did.


   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2017®, 14ers Inc.