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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
    Location:USA-Colorado
    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
    Total Elevation Gain:650 ft / 197 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3127 ft / 953 m
    Round-Trip 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
    Gain on way in:560 ft / 170 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:ridge trail from Grays Peak
    Start Trailhead:saddle between Gray and Torreys  13707 ft / 4177 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3127 ft / 953 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3037 ft / 926 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Gain on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Same to saddle then Grays Trail
    End Trailhead:parking car  11230 ft / 3422 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Gray/Torrey (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 a960 ft / 293 m
2Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 b342 ft / 104 m
3Mount Sniktau2010-09-04 c214 ft / 65 m
4Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 d152 ft / 46 m
5East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 e120 ft / 37 m
6Kelso Mountain2010-09-04 f2014 ft / 614 m
7Grays Peak2010-09-05 g2120 ft / 646 m
8Torreys Peak2010-09-05 h650 ft / 198 m
Total Trip Gain: 6572 ft / 2003 m    Total Trip Loss: 6487 ft / 1977 m



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