Ascent of Torreys Peak on 2014-09-07

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 7, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Torreys Peak
    Elevation:14267 ft / 4348 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the summit of Grays, I descended back down the north ridge to the saddle and climbed Torreys via the standard south ridge approach (class 1). As I began climbing, the weather began to threaten with dark clouds building over the mountain. Great views similar to Grays peak, and Mt. Evans and Mt. BierStadt were pointed out to me to the East.

I quickened the pace, hit the summit and spent ~5 min on top with another 20 people. As I was headed back down to the saddle, snow started falling lightly. Snowfall stopped by the time a made it to the main descent and during this section I got a bit off route and made it into a legitimate class 2 scramble.

I thought about tagging Kelso Mountain, but turned back as storms once again threatened. It began raining about 15 minutes later.

Fairly leisurely climbing day with lots of photo stops. Nearly the entirety of this hike is above treeline.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:710 ft / 215 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3117 ft / 949 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:610 ft / 185 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 560 ft / 171 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Grays and Torreys   13707 ft / 4177 m
    Time:23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3067 ft / 934 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2967 ft / 904 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6 km
    Route:South Ridge/ Grays Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:Grays Peak Trailhead   11300 ft / 3444 m
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Grays/Torreys (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grays Peak2014-09-072970 ft / 905 m
2Torreys Peak2014-09-07710 ft / 216 m
Total Trip Gain: 3680 ft / 1121 m    Total Trip Loss: 3677 ft / 1121 m

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