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Ascent of Torreys Peak on 2018-06-26

Climber: Ndirish35 Ndirish35

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Torreys Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14267 ft / 4348 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed via the Kelso Ridge. This was my first class 3. I was joined by Andrew Gagnon, a man i met when I requested a partner on 14ers.com He was very experienced and was around 4 short of finishing the 14ers. We did not look at route pictures as he had done it before and was confident he knew where he was going. However, we got off route(I knew we were) and ended up having to deal with some class 3/4 terrain with significant exposure. There was a time i didn't want to take the obvious route squeezing in between two rocks, due to the fact i didn't want to damage my new Arcteryx jacket. I ended up in a very precarious situation and almost needed help from Andrew to prevent me from falling, although i eventually was able to push myself up over the ledge the upper half of my body was on. There was also a "knife edge" section that was very exposed and this climb was my first introduction to exposure. It hardly bothered me at all, which suprised me greatly. We made it a loop by going over to Grays and coming down the standard trail.

I saw my first mountain goats and learned, they that are in fact, attracted to urine. I also stayed at the Windsor Hotel in Silver Plume. It is a super old, apprently haunted bed and breakfast.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble



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