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Trip planning for mid-May

Postby vsigler » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:48 pm

I am planning to climb Torreys/Grays Peak via Dead Dog Couloir, and the North Face of Mt. Evans while I am in the area in Mid-May. At that time of year, how accessible are the Grays Peak- and Summit Lake trailheads? I am also open to attempting other steep couloirs elsewhere, so suggestions are welcome. Planning on camping, as well. My only limitation is that I will be based in Denver for a conference and will have about three days to climb. So to maximize my time, the closer to Denver the better. I will also have a friend meeting me who will need to rent some gear (ice axe, crampons)...any suggestions on gear rental shops?
Thanks in advance.
Von

Re: Trip planning for mid-May

Postby Nelson » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:54 pm

You usually can get about half way to the Grays TH meaning you have 3 miles round trip extra. In a low snow year like this one you might make it to the TH.

Other snow climbs near Denver are the Lost Rat on Grays and the Cristo Couloir on Quandary.

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Re: Trip planning for mid-May

Postby rijaca » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:17 pm

The road up Mt Evans (gated at Echo Lake) is generally not open until Memorial Day.
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Re: Trip planning for mid-May

Postby vsigler » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:54 pm

Thanks for the info.
I will be there around May 20th. Assuming I can get far enough on Stevens Gulch Rd. to hike in and establish a camp near the foot of Kelso Mountain, does the following itinerary sound feasible?
Afternoon of day one: hike in and establish camp. Overnight.
Day two: Climb Torreys Peak via Dead Dog Couloir, descend via Kelso Ridge (do people descend the ridge?) to the Kelso saddle, then climb Kelso Mountain. Descend to camp. Overnight.
Day three: Ascend Goatfinger Couloir to Mt. Edwards, traverse to Greys Peak. Descend Greys Peak from Greys/Torreys Saddle back to camp.
It seems like the best way to maximize my few days in the Front Range. Any thoughts?
Thanks,
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Re: Trip planning for mid-May

Postby screeman57 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:03 pm

vsigler wrote:Thanks for the info.
I will be there around May 20th. Assuming I can get far enough on Stevens Gulch Rd. to hike in and establish a camp near the foot of Kelso Mountain, does the following itinerary sound feasible?
Afternoon of day one: hike in and establish camp. Overnight.
Day two: Climb Torreys Peak via Dead Dog Couloir, descend via Kelso Ridge (do people descend the ridge?) to the Kelso saddle, then climb Kelso Mountain. Descend to camp. Overnight.
Day three: Ascend Goatfinger Couloir to Mt. Edwards, traverse to Greys Peak. Descend Greys Peak from Greys/Torreys Saddle back to camp.
It seems like the best way to maximize my few days in the Front Range. Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Von


People do descend Kelso ridge, but I'd think twice about it given the spring snow the Front Range has had. Particularly since you won't be ascending it to asses the conditions. It's not the best descent route even when dry.

That said, it does melt out early (with shadowed pockets here and there), and it will be a month from now. There will probably be some current beta on it then.

Just my opinion, of course.
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