Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  Kelso Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  rkohler
 Date of Info:  07/08/2020
 Date Posted:  07/08/2020

Climbed Kelso Ridge this morning. Departed 5am, arrived on the summit ~7am. Perfect the entire way except for one sketchy crossing just below the knife edge. There was still a slope carrying ice, but luckily someone kicked steps across it when it was soft (so the steps were now frozen). Recommended to carry an ice ax and/or traction if you want to feel extra safe crossing that. I was still able to hold onto some of the rock popping out of the ice for extra security, but a slip on that section would mean a significant fall.

The remainder of the route - rock was good. Steep slopes were filled with lots of loose rock as expected, so I opted to climb on solid rock anytime to avoid rockfall. Heard a number of rocks falling down the sides in multiple areas.

Summit was perfect. Gusty winds, bluebird day. There was a nice chubby marmot on top to greet me!

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Comments or Questions

07/09/2020 03:36
Just FYI For people, you can bypass that crossing with a class 3 climb of some rock on the other side of the ridge (climbers right).


Thank you!
07/09/2020 13:26
Good to know, thanks! The group ahead of me went left so figured it would go - never took that line to the right, but will have to check it out sometime.

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