Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  Kelso Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  dssmith15
 Date of Info:  06/11/2021
 Date Posted:  06/11/2022
Details

Started at 4am and finished at 9:45am. Ascended Kelso and descended standard route. Did not do Grays.

Approach was nice. There were a couple of small patches of snow but it was mostly supportive with an occasional posthole.

Ridge: BEAUTIFUL day on the ridge. Conditions are great up there. Pretty dry except for the area near 14,000 where you make your way up near smooth rock (photo 23). That turned out to be a bit sketch as the snow didn't seem like a great idea to climb on. We hugged the rock as seen in the picture posted. Our buddy climbed the spine of it and felt okay. Besides that, all the class 3 walls/moves were great and dry.

We did put on spikes for the summit push after the mini knife edge as there is still a large snowfield.

Descent: saw a few people skiing Grays and a couple skiing dead dog. We traversed across the saddle between grays and torreys rather than find our way around to the trail. Snow was soft but no post-holing and we did not feel the need to spike up. We do have ice axes though so we felt that was enough support.

Overall incredible day. Kelso is a blast!



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