Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

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Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by Hilliardsam » Mon May 03, 2021 7:43 am

Lovely 14ers crew!

August 8-14 I will be staying in Silverthorne and continuing my 14ers journey. Weather permitting, I was hoping to knock out Grays and Torreys via Kelso Ridge mid-week (ideally, Weds 8/11 if weather holds up). I have ample hiking and altitude experience, just not with class 3. As such, I do not want to attempt this by myself. Would love it if anyone was available that would like to hike with me / guide me along the Kelso portion. Summit beer(s) on me.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by Alpinefroggy » Mon May 03, 2021 12:43 pm

check the fb group for 14ers.

There is a guy who is doing guided trips on kelseo and he might still have some spots open for that time frame.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by jmanner » Mon May 03, 2021 1:25 pm

Alpinefroggy wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:43 pm
check the fb group for 14ers.

There is a guy who is doing guided trips on kelseo and he might still have some spots open for that time frame.
Don’t you need a permit from the forest service for guiding; also come on no one needs a guide for those three.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by Alpinefroggy » Mon May 03, 2021 1:42 pm

jmanner wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 1:25 pm
Alpinefroggy wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:43 pm
check the fb group for 14ers.

There is a guy who is doing guided trips on kelseo and he might still have some spots open for that time frame.
Don’t you need a permit from the forest service for guiding; also come on no one needs a guide for those three.
I think you do. It seems to be a more informal situation.

Personally I think if this person found a partner to do it or did sawtooth first it would be better. I did kelseo solo and I was fine.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by Hilliardsam » Tue May 04, 2021 1:25 pm

Thanks, All. Mostly want a guide for route finding or so I don't cliff myself out somewhere.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by highpilgrim » Tue May 04, 2021 1:38 pm

Hilliardsam wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 1:25 pm
Mostly want a guide for route finding or so I don't cliff myself out somewhere.
If you come to something you don't think you can climb down, go back the way you came. It's frustrating, but works well.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by mtree » Wed May 05, 2021 9:14 am

No harm in asking for assistance if your experience or confidence level isn't up to snuff with your ambition. Its not worth messing up and regretting it later. I've known more than a few hikers who attempted and failed the Kelso route due to inexperience. And a few who ended up with adventures they never bargained for.

Check back in late July or early August. I'm sure there are plenty of folks climbing the route who would be fine with some company. Enjoy!
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by teamdonkey » Wed May 05, 2021 1:24 pm

Hilliardsam wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 1:25 pm
Thanks, All. Mostly want a guide for route finding or so I don't cliff myself out somewhere.
As 14'er routes go it isn't incredibly popular, but in early August there should be a fair number of people. Enough that route finding isn't a huge issue. When in doubt, do what the people in front of you did.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by Salient » Wed May 05, 2021 1:47 pm

Hilliardsam wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 7:43 am
Lovely 14ers crew!

August 8-14 I will be staying in Silverthorne and continuing my 14ers journey. Weather permitting, I was hoping to knock out Grays and Torreys via Kelso Ridge mid-week (ideally, Weds 8/11 if weather holds up). I have ample hiking and altitude experience, just not with class 3. As such, I do not want to attempt this by myself. Would love it if anyone was available that would like to hike with me / guide me along the Kelso portion. Summit beer(s) on me.
I mean at least you're honest about using your partner as a guide :^)
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by habaceeba » Wed May 05, 2021 2:04 pm

teamdonkey wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 1:24 pm
Hilliardsam wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 1:25 pm
Thanks, All. Mostly want a guide for route finding or so I don't cliff myself out somewhere.
As 14'er routes go it isn't incredibly popular, but in early August there should be a fair number of people. Enough that route finding isn't a huge issue. When in doubt, do what the people in front of you did.
No disrespect here, and you could probably get away with that on Kelso, but monkey see monkey do is generally not good advice.

To the OP, maybe come back closer to go time and refrain from using the word 'guide'. Just let folks know that you're a noob to class 3 and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a partner.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Wed May 05, 2021 2:36 pm

I'm sure you'll be able to find a partner once the time comes. Locals typically don't plan out hikes more than a couple weeks in advance, so check back when your trip comes closer. Finding partners on here or the fb group is pretty easy, even midweek. When you use the term "guide", people tend to think of a paid professional who charges for their services. I've heard of people hiring guides for serious technical routes where you need someone you can really depend on. Kelso Ridge isn't that. If you're looking to gain some experience, just make sure to go with someone who has either done it before or who has good routefinding experience, but this is not a route I would advise anyone hire a guide for.
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Re: Grays/Torreys/Kelso Guide needed - August

Post by 4thPlaceAtFieldDay » Wed May 05, 2021 2:58 pm

The word "guide" opens a whole Pandora's box of liability if you were to get injured. I'm sure you mean it in a casual context here, but like other's have said, reach out closer to the date of you climb, and use the word "partner", and you shouldn't have trouble finding someone to go with.
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