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Ascent of Grays Peak on 2012-06-09

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Saturday, June 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Grays Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14270 ft / 4349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Elbrus preparation hike, 3rd time on Grays. I tagged along with some CMCers who are climbing Rainier in early July. We climbed up the Lost Rat Couloir, then over to the summit. There was a mountain goat hanging around the top of the couloir. There was still plenty of snow in the couloir, despite it being a very dry winter that year. The group split up at the summit. I did not go for Torreys. We returned via the Grays Peak Trail. Lots and lots of hikers on a beautiful day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3070 ft / 935 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3070 ft / 935 m
    Grade/Class:3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3070 ft / 935 m
    Route:Lost Rat Couloir
    Start Trailhead:Stevens Gulch  11200 ft / 3413 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3070 ft / 935 m
    Route:Grays Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:Stevens Gulch  11200 ft / 3413 m



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