Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  06/07/2009
Date Climbed:   06/07/2009
Author:  Barrett Cooper

 Pats first 14er trip  

Great trip on Grays/Torreys today. It has been almost 11 years since I had been up on these peaks. That is along time considering they are 2 hours from my house. Started the day around 4am in Monument, on the trail at 6. Pat drove his Escape up the road without issues. There is a large drainage ditch running through the road about a half mile from the highway. That is only 50 feet or so of rough road and then the rest of the road is easily 2wd. If it is any help we did see a couple stock 2wd cars at the parking lot. Must be better drivers than we are.

Pat on the early trail.

The trail leading up to the peaks was quite well traveled as it was a
Sunday and got a lot of travel on Saturday. All the snow fields all the way up both peaks were trenched out and the early morning cold made the prior day's footprints like stairs. So walking was not an issue and there wasn't even a need for gaiters and definetly no snowshoes. Must say that the best thing that we had were microspikes. Made the trip a lot less slippery.

About 2/3 up Grays

Saw a lot of folks heading up Dead Dog early in the morning. Spoke with them and they said great conditions.


Spoke with one guy who did Lost Rat and he said conditions were great, but a little soft at the top.


Ended up having fun glissading. Great conditions but an ice axe was a must. Speed was getting up there with the snow not being very soft on the way down. If I had to do it again I would do Torrey's first, then glissade down from the top of Grays. The red is what I did in two glissades, but I think one from the top of Grays would have been doable (blue).


Overall a great day and I think I have Pat hooked. Grays was his first 14er and next week he already said he wants to come out and climb Elbert with me and my nephew.

Pat on top of his 1st 14er

And the obligatory trailhead bridge pictures....

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 Comments or Questions

I was on Dead Dog
06/08/2009 00:16
I‘m sure I saw you on your traverse to Torrey, my traverse to Grays.
Dead Dog was awesome today.


We did Kelso Ridge...
06/08/2009 03:29
today to Torreys. We saw the group going up Dead Dog. The Kelso Route was very sporty today. Great day to be out for sure. Congrats.



I was keeping up with Baumgara
06/08/2009 04:25
What a fantastic day on those peaks today. Everyone had a smile.
Dead Dog was great.

Barrett Cooper

06/08/2009 16:20
It was great to see everyone up there. Alby426 and Baumgara, great job on Dead Dog. I was looking at it and must say it looked a little over my head even though it looks like it would be a kick. Baumgara, if you saw us I bet you remember Ben the Dog was there with us. I am always amazed how much easier it is to remember the dogs you see hiking. May be because the dogs have so much energy but lets face it, if every climber you saw out there sniffed your crotch you would rememebr them too.
As for kirkt, I have never done Kelso, but I think it is going to be on my list for summer. Right now I will leave it to studs like you.

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