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Ascent of Greyrock Mountain on 2018-04-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:H.C. Liang; Brinson Willis
Date:Sunday, April 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Greyrock Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:7613 ft / 2320 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the main parking lot for Greyrock TH. Walked across road and across the bridge and the river was raging with current. The rail was built between 1910 and completed by the CCC in the 1930s to 1940s and is well built. The countryside in this area is spectacular if only not for the fire damage in places. We headed up to the main saddle and that is where the real fun begins. One trail goes left to the meadow and the one to the right climbs Greyrock. Greyrock can be seen from this saddle and is an opposing and magnificent outcrop of gray colored slabs. As you come around the side of the mountain there is class 5 rock but as you head NE the slabs become more and more manageable. The trail itself can take you to the summit as a class 2 with a few class 3 moves at the end. But if you are adventurous you can pick you own line between where the trail heads up with a class 2 and pick the class of your choice. We broke from the trail when we found some classic and safe class 2+ to class 3.

Upon this easy to access class 3 ledge, we found a more aggressive climb - a short seam of that appeared to be class 3+ pushing 4. We decided to go for it. I started off with my 30 pound pack and got about half way and it got tricky class 3+ but above this point to complete the up-climb it became technical climbing with careful hand and footholds becoming more and more difficult to find. The exposure was not too bad, but the hold were far and few between and the seam was angled awkwardly. Brinson and I agreed we had stumbled into low class rock climbing which we try to avoid in not roped up. Still, it was short and I was sure I could get up it, but the seam had cantilevered rock and some roofing that pushed me back and my backpack continued to get stuck.

Then the wind flipped my sunhat back-over my face and blinded me and halted me. I could not squeeze up into the seem with my backpack and it was a bear to down-climb, so I took the advice of Brinson and HC and unstrapped my backpack and let it drop to the ground. Now I was free to complete the climb. Even with this, it took some time to work up through the seam safely - I would have to saw with stumbled onto class 5 (5.0 to 5.1).

Upon topping out Brinson wanted to do it also, and HC agreed to take our packs up the trail for us. Brinson followed and his slow methodical line and tiring legs further substantiated our guess that we got lulled into something class 5. Short climb but it took some time to solve the hand hold puzzles. We decided to be more careful after that climb and make sure all other off trail excursions were class 3 to 3+ after that.

Finding a few more small easier, class 3 ledges we met back up the the trail hikers and were rewarded with the nice vistas of several small tarn/wetland ares and one small pond. The final scamper/scramble to the top is class 2+. The views up at the summit are top notch with the lakes, ponds, rocks and prominence vista. There are tons of paths to chose from up there to scramble or hike. I must come back here again!

Then off to get the taller peak to the north.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2215 ft / 674 m
    Total Elevation Loss:353 ft / 107 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+,3,4,4+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2115 ft / 644 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2055 ft / 626 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Start Trailhead:5558 ft / 1694 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:293 ft / 89 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 193 ft / 59 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    End Trailhead:7420 ft / 2261 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Ft Collins -1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Greyrock Mountain2018-04-292215 ft / 675 m
2The Crest2018-04-29 b85 ft / 26 m
3The Crest Southwest2018-04-29 c20 ft / 6 m
4North Greyrock2018-04-29 d1356 ft / 413 m
Total Trip Gain: 3676 ft / 1120 m    Total Trip Loss: 3676 ft / 1121 m



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