Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  06/08/2010
Date Climbed:   06/08/2010
Author:  astromwall

 Kelso Ridge...Shmelso Ridge  

Kelso Ridge, such a fun route! I climbed it 4 years ago as my 4th 14er...I was scared. Today, not so much. This route is awesome, and it's only like 20 minutes from silvy, so that's nice too. The road to the trailhead doesn't have a giant rut anymore! Pretty much smooth sailing up to the top...pretty sure a Lambo could drive this thing! Anyhow, decided yesterday afternoon to give-r-a go because there's no work until Thursday for me. My buddy Seth decided to tag along also. This would be his first 14er. He hiked up to the keyhole on Longs with me but we had to turn around due to wind. We started hiking this morning at 7:03 AM.

seth signing us in

The Early path had some running water on it but nothing some good waterproof boots can't handle. Before long we had our first look at Torreys and Grays.

easy path and first view of the peaks

And not much past that we had a good view of Kelso ridge.

first view of the awesome fun that was ahead

It took us maybe 35 minutes to get to this point and I was pretty pumped to get back on this route again.

seth still feeling good

me still feeling good

Just a few more minutes and we were at the trail junction. Hang a right and a couple minutes later we are working up the little climb up to the ridge. It's a little steep and loose, but it's only like 40 vertical or no worries.

looking back toward the main path from near the ridgeline

a short bit of loose stuff to gain the ridge

seth resting at beginning of ridge

From there you get a little nice walk and also your first view looking up at all the climbing ahead.

first view up to Torreys

Also saw a marmot.

a marmot

There is pretty much easy scrambling the entire way up the ridge with just a few harder climbs. This is the first actual climbing section.

seth climbing the first larger obstacle

Another harder section you get to is where this white gully is. We stayed to the left of it. Also ran into a furry monster right in the middle of the path. He couldn't stop us though, just climbed right over.

the white rock gully

furry monster

The section just above the white rock has a little exposure. It also has good solid rock to work your way up.

seth above white rock gully

Getting close to the top there is a break in the climbing. You get to deal with fun loose dirt for a bit.

loose hiking

upper terrain and saddle to grays

look back down the valley and ridge

me nearing the knife edge

So eventually we came to the legendary knife edge. Right now there is still snow off to the left side which hides some of the exposure. It's short, and overrated.

view of knife edge

seth crossing the knife edge

Just beyond that we touched snow for the first time while on the ridge. We also met some folks who climbed up dead dog's.

first snow we dealt with

near summit looking back to knife edge

Just few minutes later we were on top. Awesome climb. It took us 2 hours 35 min from the car. We spent some time eating plumbs and rice crispy treats (target brand) before heading down.

summit shot!

looking toward home!

There was much more snow to deal with on the way down the normal route.

bootpack to get back on main route

We took some "we conquered you" shots on the way out. 1 hour 20 minutes after leaving the summit, we were back at the car. Back home by noon. Awesome day, Awesome route.

seth victory!

me victory?


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 Comments or Questions

Sweet route!
02/05/2011 00:22
Nice work Fellas! I am going to give her a go sometime soon so thanks for the beta!


Thank you!
06/08/2010 22:51
so fun, hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to climb it!


Great T/R. Nice pics, good humor.
06/09/2010 00:00
I really appreciate how you took close up pics of the route you traveled. Some T/R‘s only include summit pics and verbal descriptions of the route traveled.

Good Job

Yellow Ledbetter

06/09/2010 02:55
This was a great report. Am I the only one that thinks the Seth guy looks a little like Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn)?? Good job guys!

Jim Davies

Excellent Adventure!
06/09/2010 15:32
I thought they were more like Bill & Ted. That was an Excellent report!


Nice Job
06/09/2010 19:00
Good report. Good route description, nice pictures of the route, good humor. Haven‘t climbed this in over 10 years reading this makes me want to go climb it again


Entertaining ..
06/09/2010 21:23
I appreciate your enthusiasm. Gotta get up there and do that one again. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Thanks Everyone!
06/09/2010 23:25
We are just out there to have a good time, don‘t take ourselves to a safe way of course. Anyhow, I appreciate the comments!


Good TR!
11/30/2010 17:28
Astromwall - You put together a quality trip report with pertinent route descriptions/conditions and good photos. I wish all TR's were as thorough! Excellent beta, thanks! 8)


Nice Report great pics
06/12/2010 16:01
Great report, you made me want to do it again.

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