Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Date Posted:  06/17/2012
Date Climbed:   06/16/2012
Author:  GregMiller
 Taking coworkers up their 1st 14er!  

I started this last winter at a new company, and when I mentioned that I liked to climb 14ers, some of the folks at work said it's something they always wanted to do. So, I decided to organize a climb and ended up with a group of 8, after a couple people wussed out (you know who you are).

We started off from the trailhead at about 6:45, after some fumbles trying to get three vehicles worth of people to the turnoff from I-70 at the same time. We actually got there just in time to snag the last two spots in the lower half of the parking lot.

Group shot at the trailhead.

Grays and Torreys, with Justin getting a look at the sun.

It was definitely a beautiful morning, with the sun hitting us about a mile in.

Snack Break!

Definitely interesting to see what people brought to eat, as some (like me) went the clif bar and energy shot route, while others brought tupperware with sandwiches and such. To each their own, I guess.

Heather getting started on the beer at 12,950.

Of course, some though beer worked as an energy drink...

Smoke from the High Park Fire visible to the North

Me on the rock tower halfway up Grays.

Of course I couldn't resist the rock tower, it was too much fun, and a nice easy class 3. Drop off the backside is a little steep, though.

The girl in the purple jacket there? Had spinal surgery done 18 months ago. At one point she and her docs thought she'd never walk again. She's on the way down the trail after summiting Grays as her first 14er. The very definition of bad-ass.

Group shot on top!

Of the 8 in the picture, it was a 1st 14er for 5 of them. We'd planned on doing Torreys as well, but got chased off the summit by the building clouds. I offered to lead a water bottle and camera speedhike up Torreys, but none of them took me up on it...

After having heard that there was still good snow off the saddle (thanks emohr), I had decided to bring my ice axe, and see if I could get a glissade in. You can see the results below:

My glissade line. Not the most ideal.

There weren't any good lines that weren't terrifying or took me well out of my way, so I ended up doing 4 separate glissades (one you can't see at the top in this pic, see map below). It was a blast, but actually ended up slightly behind the rest of the group, which was quickly fixed by running to catch up with them while still on the adrenaline high.

Tired but happy at the trailhead.

Group shot at the bottom. Everyone's sore, but glad they did it. I think 1 or 2 might even go hiking with me again!

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

One time, I took my boss ...
06/18/2012 14:45
And two other co-workers up Kelso Ridge on Torrey's ... that type of activity truly breeds comraderie! Glad you had such great weather. Congrats to the virgin summiteers (and big kudos to the gal recovering from spinal surgery). Happy trails!


Kelso Ridge
01/24/2013 16:52
I'm actually thinking of getting another trip for work organized to do Torreys, with those interested going up Kelso with me. I know how annoying it can be to only get one out of an easy series (still haven't been back to get Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross).


I like this...
06/18/2012 15:35
...very cool of you to initiate an outing like this for the uninitiated. Must have been fun to introduce a group of people to something they've never experienced before.

Good report - thanks for posting!


06/18/2012 15:49
Congrats on getting your group up and down safely! Work outings are always a lot of fun. It is rewarding to be able to introduce others to this great hobby.


Nice job!
06/18/2012 18:19
Glad to see you all got up and down, and a good time was had at that. I'm still toying with Kelso Ridge soon, but my schedule just doesn't cooperate with mountain climbing very well these days... which is why I missed this one!


Girl in Purple Jacket
06/18/2012 18:29
Recovering from Spinal Surgery and knocking off her first 14er since then? Truly awesome, inspiring, and the true ”definition of a bad ass!!!”


That first 14er
06/19/2012 04:59
It's really gratifying to see the expressions on a first timer's face when they get to the top. I helped this one guy who was struggling mightily up the Grays trail a couple years ago near the Kelso Ridge turn-off. With a lot of encouragement he made it up both peaks that day and was eternally grateful. It was well worth the effort to put aside my own goals to get this guy up there. Just about every place I have worked I got a couple people to climb at least one 14er, and every church too! It really does help to have someone at work who enjoys the same things you do. Kudos to you for organizing such a venture!


All smiles
06/20/2012 15:09
Great to see. Congratulations with the successful adventure! A while back, I lead a group of coworkers up Grays Peak. Most had never climbed a 14er before. It took a long time (we were fortunate for the bluebird day) but we all made it to the top. And they were all smiles. I can relate with the sense of excitement that you and your group felt. It is gratifying. Anyhow, good work, nicely done, and thanks for sharing!

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