Ascent of Torreys Peak on 2009-07-16

Climber: Talon Medema

Date:Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Torreys Peak
    Elevation:14267 ft / 4348 m

Ascent Trip Report

Used the saddle between Grays and Torreys some lose scree, and snow still on the ground in spots. Made summit at 11:45 came back through a short cut through a snowfield and made it back to the truck at 2:30. Wind had died down since summiting Grays, making it pretty hot on the way back. Passed and was passed by pretty large groups of people while I was hiking off the mountain. I don't know why but I am always suprised by the amounts of people in the mountains in Colorado. It is quite different than home. Back in Alaska, it is always a suprise when you see another person hiking the same mountain that you are on. The road going back to I-70 seemed worse going down it then coming up, I swear that I bottomed out twice, following the Ford in front of me. I enjoyed this hike much better than the one up Grays. If I can talk Bill or someone else into going back up again, I would like to try the Kelso Ridge as it seems to be a much more entertaining route. I wis I could still snowboard, because coming down one of its Couliour's looks enthralling! Was perfect weather when I got back to I-70 and the whole way back I started thinking about what hike I was going to do next, choices, choices, choices.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1123 ft / 342 m
    Total Elevation Loss:563 ft / 171 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1123 ft / 342 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 560 ft / 171 m; Extra: 563 ft / 171m
    Loss on way in:563 ft / 171 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Saddle between Grays & Torreys
    Start Trailhead:Summit of Grays Peak.  13707 ft / 4177 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.8 km
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Grays & Torreys

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grays Peak2009-07-163010 ft / 917 m
2Torreys Peak2009-07-161123 ft / 342 m
Total Trip Gain: 4133 ft / 1259 m    Total Trip Loss: 3573 ft / 1089 m

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