Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  Kelso Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  rudyking69
 Date of Info:  11/27/2020
 Date Posted:  11/28/2020

Started from 2 wheel parking lot in bakersville at 4:50 am, 4x4 road is completely snowed in, looked like a few cars tried to drive it in, vut only a couple made it to about 1/2 mile in and looked like they struggled, I was glad to have walked. We made it to upper lot 2hrs later no snowshoes required up to now, snow was pretty solid and compacted for the first mile on the trail into the valley, eventually we did have to put them on for 1 mile or so until we got to the Kelso ridge. We should had left snowshoes at the split because after that we really didn't used them again until we got back down to the valley again. The snow on the Kelso ridge varied from no snow at all to chest deep wind blown snow. We wore cramp-ons the whole time on the ridge, most of the snow on the ridge was pretty soft with a few icy spots. The knife edge had at least 12 inches on the left side, but none on the right side of it which made for a weird straddle. There were at least 2 other sections before knife edge that I thought were more difficult becaude of amount of snow and all holds buried under. We made it to the summit at 12 pm with epic weather. We considered doing Grays, but blahh we had both done it before and rrally after that kelso ridge it wasn't going tonbe exiting at all. Headed back down still wearing cramp-ons all the way down to the valley where we changed into snowshoes for the rest of the way by this time snow in valley was really soft. Made it to my car at 4:00pm 11hrs after starting, I think I may have minor frostbite to my right foot, but overall a great day well worth it!! I will be uploading full YouTube video of my climb soon check out my channel on the link below

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) valley looking at Torreys#2#3) Kelso ridge#4) snow on route#5) Kelso ridge#6) Summit photo#7) looking at Grays#8) looking at the valley#9) looking back at the Kelso ridge#10#11

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