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Date Friday  6/25/2021
End Date
Group Boulder
Event Title Torreys via Kelso Ridge
Start Time 5:30 AM
Status Approved
Leader Kevin Donovan
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult DIII
Trail Mileage 7.5
Elevation Gain 3,600 ft.
Driving Distance 94


We will either meet at the American Mountaineering Center and depart at 4:00 a.m to car pool or at the Grays And Torreys Trailhead at 5:15 a.m. We should carpool up in no more that two high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles.  I have a Xterra Pro-4x that can take 4, however be forewarned, it has a short wheelbase and stiff suspension so be ready for a rough ride.

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Warming:  If you have an issue with exposure you should not sign up for this climb. 

You must have completed BRS, BMS or BICS or have equivalent experience or training.  Signup will require a passcode.

You must be comfortable on exposed terrain.  There is a knife edge ridge near the 14,000 foot level that has spectacular exposure on both sides. The knife edge leads to a solid 40 foot Class 4 buttress.  These two sections are the crux of the climb and remember you are a 14.000 ft.  Helmets are required.  Fingerless climbing gloves are highly recommended. 

Pre prepared to move efficiently across 2nd and 3rd Class terrain.   Trailhead departure time is 5:30 a.m., be at the trailhead by 5:15.  We want to move at a deliberate pace until the turn off to intersection with Kelso Ridge.  If we meet at the American Mountaineering Center departure is 4:00 a.m. sharp.

Our descent route will be via the Grays Peak Trail


I have climbed this route numerous times and depending on conditions variations to the standard route may occur due to snow or other changes in route conditions.  Be prepared for terrain more difficult that the standard route description approaching 4 Class.

There still may be remaining snow at the top section, micro spikes or lightweight crampons and an ice ax may be helpful.  Trekking pole(s) are highly recommended for this last section and for the descent. 


This program is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please complete the form below. If a spot opens up you will be contacted.

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