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Ascent of Grays Peak on 2009-07-16

Climber: Talon Medema

Date:Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grays Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14270 ft / 4349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Horrible ruts in the road to get the the trailhead. When I turned off the interstate on the Bakerville exit I was confused, because I didn't see any town where I was expecting to see one. No Cars were down at the bottom parking lot, and I stopped to relieve myself, getting passed by a Toyota Tundra and Mitsubishi Montero that had been following me since about Idaho Springs. I followed them shortly after, rounding one corner I almost ran into the Montero as it was trying to back out of a rut in the road after he had high centered it, he let me pass and I powered through the rut. After that I caught up to the Toyota who also let me pass, so that I was leading our group of three. Arriving at the trailhead, there was only three other trucks, but still somehow the trailhead restrooms were full allready. Started at the trailhead at 6:45 made the summit by 10:30. Found this hike to be very very boring, only the trail through the Stevens Gulch made it worthwhile as the views of the surronding 13ers and 12ers was gorgeous. Hiking the mountain proper was just a series of switchbacks. I need to start doing routes with class 3 in them, so that I am not bored with all the class 2 I have been limiting myself too. Very very windy the whole way up, started to get really cold and thinking about not going on to Torreys but decided to just go for it. Left summit at 10:35, for Torreys.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3010 ft / 917 m
    Extra Gain:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:East Slopes
    Trailhead:Steven's Gulch Trailhead  11280 ft / 3438 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Grays & Torreys

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Grays Peak2009-07-16
2Torreys Peak2009-07-16



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