Ascent of Torreys Peak on 2014-10-04
|Others in Party:||Tim Kirsch|
|Date:||Saturday, October 4, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||14267 ft / 4348 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted out as a solo hike. Met up with two climbers partway through and continued on with them for safety due to weather conditions.
Encountered very bad weather. Started out fine, but hit snow and storms starting at the Grays/Torreys saddle. Decided to hike up Torreys first (hit the more difficult peak first and still have a chance to summit the easier peak after), but had to retreat due to deep snow, high winds, and not being able to feel my fingers.
Intended to descend, but regrouped at the saddle. One climber descended. I continued up Grays Peak with Tim Kirsch. Pinned down by extreme winds for over 30 minutes. Debated crawling down the mountain, but winds started to finally die down. Had to sprint up and then crouch down in high gusts to avoid getting blown off our feet.
Finally winds died down enough to summit Grays and take the ridge over to Torreys. Successfully summited both peaks and had clear weather at the top. Opted to descend the 'Class 2' route from Torreys rather than take the saddle back. Entire path was snowed over, but after a 50ft traverse kicking steps on the Torreys face we didn't trust the snow quality enough to backtrack. Ended up doing a 400ft travers across the face of Torreys before finally reconnecting with the path for an easy descent.
Very difficult and tiring climb. Microspikes and trekking poles were essential. Need mountaineering goggles (had sunglasses and a mask, but eyes were still very red), and a hose insulator (no water for the majority of the trip due to freezing) next time.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||560 ft / 170 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3000 ft / 914 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.4 mi / 7.1 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, White-out|
| Gain on way in:||560 ft / 170 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Grays + Torreys => Saddle|
| Start Trailhead:||Grays + Torreys => Saddle 13707 ft / 4177 m|
| Time:||0 Days 11 Hours 40 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3000 ft / 914 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Torreys South Slopes|
| End Trailhead:||Grays Peak Trailhead 11267 ft / 3434 m|
| Time:||0 Days 3 Hours 0 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grays/Torreys (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3560 ft / 1085 m Total Trip Loss: 3563 ft / 1086 m
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