Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Date Posted:  02/17/2012
Modified:  02/18/2012
Date Climbed:   02/17/2012
Author:  jameseroni
 Isolated on Kelso Ridge  

This is my first video trip report. Bare with me. No photos, just video. Hope it's not too long, 10 minutes is a good chunk of time but there was a lot of climbing I wanted to cover. Shot with the HERO camera, cat eye lens. Man, these things are cool!

A few stats:

-Party: Solo

-9.5 hours car to car, with a nice break on the summit and a few breaks in-between. Had to start from I-70/Bakerville - I tried to drive up but the snow is already too deep and soft.

-The weather was great, albeit windy at the most inconvenient of places. However, one could've heard a whisper on the summit.

-Avy danger can be avoided. Kelso mountain had a recent slide that looks like it came about 100 yards from the summer trail. It doesn't appear there is enough snow up there for a major slide at this time, to cover the summer TH on the approach.

-There is a suspect slope on the Gray's/Torrey's saddle, closer to Gray's. I had to climb half-way up Gray's to cross in the rock band. It was a convex wind loaded slope. Had a hollow sound underneath the feet. It was worth the extra vert to avoid.

-As for the route, one should be comfortable with class 4 and exposure - including climbing on rock/snow in crampons. Snowshoes needed for the approach past the summer trail head.

-A blessed day. Enjoy the video. If you want to watch full screen I think you can right click and watch it on youtube, to enlarge.

 Comments or Questions

Great Day
02/18/2012 04:33
Looks like you had a great day out there! And, ANOTHER new pair of boots??!


02/18/2012 06:04
I've done Kelso in summer twice and it seems like it would be a dream to climb with snow and rock. Someday. I have to stop skiing all the time. Thanks for the vid.


Nice Job
02/18/2012 06:27
Looks like an awesome climb.. great video! And nice touch with the casting crowns and old school michael w. Adele wasn't bad either...


Different in a great way
02/18/2012 13:36
That was a cool trip report. Good job. Great work of the ridge too


02/18/2012 14:36
Yes Barry, I am tired of cold feet in the winter time. The spantiks have cured that problem. They are a little heavy at over 5lbs but it's a good trade off. Single boots just don't cut it for me in the winter.

-wdavis, I was going to throw some third day in there too but something about that Adele song just ”fit”

I'm glad the video wasn't boring.

Great job!
02/18/2012 18:33
Great job & video, James. Looks like you had near perfect conditions. Really liked the video format and music too.

02/18/2012 20:36
My friend and I climbed this route on January Second and there was much less snow. I remember some of those spots in the video. Great climb!


Well Done.
02/19/2012 01:34
Kelso Ridge can be a great place to lose yourself.


very cool
02/19/2012 04:26
good job.


Of course
02/19/2012 21:22
You make a bad ass video (except for the first song) when you remember your camera and go up my favorite route on a day when I can't go. ARGH!!! Sweet though makes me wanna go back there right now.


02/19/2012 23:37
Ryan - as sick as this route is, you know I'll do it again! Have fun and stay safe on pico.


02/19/2012 23:54
Looks like you had a great day James...wish I could of made it.

Nice job on the climb/video!


Yeah buddy
02/20/2012 16:36
Nice TR and video!! enjoyed it.


Nice man
02/20/2012 18:42
Let's do it in a couple days.....sound good?????


So soon?
02/21/2012 05:15
I do love the route... I'd be inclined to do it again - Need to talk to the wiffle about that one.


02/29/2012 05:14
Enjoyed the video and music.


09/27/2012 15:31
...and the 14teeny for best action video goes to this film. My hands are sweating and my heard was pumping, especially on that spot that seemed to take you a while to get by. Wow, I have wanted to do this route for years now, I will have to do it this summer. Thanks for sharing.

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