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Ascent of Grays Peak on 2014-05-10

Climber: Darren Knezek

Others in Party:Jennifer Knezek and several members of The Utah Climbing Club.
Date:Saturday, May 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grays Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14270 ft / 4349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had to park near I-70 because the forest road had too much snow. This added 6 more miles to an already 8 miles day. Went to do Torrey's via Dead Dog Couloir but when we got near, it had a fresh slide at the base with higher slide potential up higher.
So, to be safer we chose to do the Gray's Trail up Grays.
Needed snowshoes at 12,400 all the way to the top. Amazing summit, but because of the bad weather rolling in we didn't stay long. Whiteout on the way down until 13,000.
Did it with several members of the Utah Climbing Club!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Road to Gray's Trail
    Start Trailhead:9770 ft / 2977 m
    Time:10 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Same
    End Trailhead:9770 ft / 2977 m
    Time:4 Hours 



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