Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  10/01/2010
Date Climbed:   10/01/2010
Author:  tatitot
 My 2nd and 3rd 14ers Conquered!  

First Bierstadt two weeks ago, now 2 more 14ers under my belt! I am so proud of myself and still ready to tackle more!

I left Parker/Lone Tree area this morning at 5:20am (reading all the reports that this is such a busy busy trail, I wanted to make sure I was there early). Arrived at 6:40...about 8 cars total, and the sun had just started to rise. A little chillier than I had prepared for. Pack more Kleenex next time, ha!
Started for Grays at 6:51am, when the trails forks in different directions GO LEFT, and made it to the top at 9:21am.... 2.5 hours exactly! Took about 10 minutes to munch on a peanut butter sandwich, 3 others were on the summit with me.
Made it to the summit of Torreys Peak at 10:24am, took 54 minutes. From reading the reviews, I had expected it only to take 30-45 minutes. Not sure if my pace rapidly slowed down, but this part was steep but I knew I couldn't be that close to it and not get to the top, so I pushed on and on the top I was. (I chatted with a cute guy with a dog in a pink sweater up there...if that was you, send me a message!) Stayed up there for about 15 minutes, and started heading back.. made it to my truck at 12:10pm. (An hour and 32 minutes to get from the summit of Torreys Peak back to the parking lot -which was now full-).

Reading other reports, it looks like it's an 8.25mile route. And it took from 6:51am to 12:10pm.
Total Time: 5hrs and 19minutes. Anyone want to give me a hint if that is fast, normal, slow paced??? I have no idea!
Some snow still on the mountain, but it was a beautiful day up there and the views are of course breathtaking.

3 down! Any recommendations for my 4th???

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 Comments or Questions

Not a race vs. training
10/05/2010 13:17
Congrats! I agree with everyone else. It is not a race unless you use those hills as a training regimen for higher peaks (When I went to Everest the first time - where safety hinges on speed - going up G&T had a time focus). Recording your time might also become an objective indication of your progress as you tackle more 14ers. Happy trails!

Doctor No

Climb Times
10/01/2010 22:33
If you check the climb times page:

It will give you a good idea of where your times stand.

I subscribe to the philosophy that it's not a race, that I'm out in the woods and not at my desk (and should stay as long as necessary), and consequently, that it takes as long as it takes.


Good work
10/01/2010 23:41
Welcome to the club Your totally right, it does get pretty addicting! I agree with Dr. No. It's never a race and I just try to enjoy every hike no matter how long it takes And if I remember correctly, I took about the same for those to peaks..


Good Job
10/02/2010 01:16
I just started this too and I think your pace is good - I generally go about a mile an hour on the ascent and it looks like you're ahead of that. I agree with the others, just go at your own pace and the way I look at it, the time you spend resting is more time you have to enjoy the view & take pictures.

As for a recommendation, it seems to get a bad rap on this site, but I'd suggest Mt. Belford. That was my 3rd, and really liked it because it was a standard (not dangerous) hike, but with a large gain in elevation over a short distance (4500 feet in 4 miles). It gave me the confidence to know that I can handle that degree of elevation gain. You could also knock off Oxford since it's connected but not sure if there's enough daylight for that (sadly, I got too late of a start and couldn't do both).


The worst thing to wear is a watch
10/02/2010 14:23
I know it's necessary, but put it in a pocket - take out the camera and go crazy. I always laugh at people who I've hiked with who ”have to be somewhere in Denver at 2 or 3” from the Front Range or Sawatch... really? Were you able to experience nature in your sprint?

That being said, congrats on #2 and #3. When I started, I anticipated every mountain would take 8 hours RT; so good job there.

Oxford and Belford are good ones; Quandary is a standard for being in many people's first five peaks... Pikes Peak from Crags, it's a long hike - good length and endurance conditioning hike. If you want a pretty hike with great views, but a short climb in general - Huron. Save Sherman for a snow climb in the Spring - totally safe and comparatively easy with showshoes / traction devices.


Next peaks
10/02/2010 18:53
I would pick Quandary or Huron next, or if you want to pad the 14er #'s do the Decalibron (Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron, Bross).

Nice job on #2 and 3, and like others said just make sure you are having a good time and don't worry about the time.


Good job!
10/04/2010 02:51
I hiked both summits on 10/02. I took 3.5 hours going up Gray's
You may want to consider Quandary or perhaps Sherman as your next hikes.



10/05/2010 17:31
I did Quandary as my first a few weeks ago and it is a relatively easy one. I enjoyed your trip report as I want to do these two soon.

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