Ascent of Torreys Peak on 2010-09-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Sunday, September 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Torreys Peak
    Elevation:14267 ft / 4348 m

Ascent Trip Report

After summitting Grays Peak - we busted up Torreys. Daniel did real well summitting Grays but the second peak took its toll on his Florida lungs. I wanted to stay and take pictures at the top of this peak but he wanted down as he was starting another bout with AMS. We took some great pics but then Daniel headed down to the saddle to rest while I soaked up the view for a few more minutes. Far less people were on this peak than on Gray. The ragged edges of this peak are far more interesting that Gray and the buttress off of Kelso Mountain is a fun looking class 3 scramble that few attemtped and I observed most wore protective climbing helmuts. Note to self - do that route some time - looks like fun!

On way down we descended from the Gray-Torrey saddle and by then everyone and their grandmother with dogs on leash were heading up Grays Peak. I have never seen so many people on a 14er before in my life! and dogs! This is no trip for solitude seekers!...but still as with all 14ers worth doing.

Note: Extra grade was the slight upclimb from the true saddle between the two peaks to get to the alternate descent route off Torreys and then the extra climbing to get back to Camp #2 and pack up to backpack down to our car.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:650 ft / 198 m
    Elevation Loss:3127 ft / 953 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:2 and 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:560 ft / 171 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:ridge trail from Grays Peak
    Trailhead:saddle between Gray and Torreys  13707 ft / 4177 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3127 ft / 953 m
    Extra Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Same to saddle then Grays Trail
    Trailhead:parking car  11230 ft / 3422 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Gray/Torrey (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 a
2Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 b
3Mount Sniktau2010-09-04 c
4Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 d
5East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 e
6Kelso Mountain2010-09-04 f
7Grays Peak2010-09-05 g
8Torreys Peak2010-09-05 h

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