Ascent of Grays Peak on 2010-09-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Sunday, September 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grays Peak
    Elevation:14270 ft / 4349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Awoke from nearly 12 hours of badly needed sleep and our base camp at 12,190 feet that we set up the day before in the meadow at the base of Grays Peak. Daniel and I had climbed several 13,000 plus peaks the day before to acclimate since we were coming from Florida and needed to get our blood ready to take in more O2. We had hiked/backpacked over ten miles to this point. We were fully hydrated now, and had around 30 hours acclimation at elevations between 10,000 feet and 13,200 feet. Time to finish the trip by summitting two 14ers.

We arose early, ate and headed up the standard trail. We beat most of the crowd. We were feeling good now and we passed about 20 people going to the summit and had one one young guy bust past us. We made friends with one very nice local hiker - a woman that was celebrating her 50th birthday by hiking the summit. She was strong leaving her husband in a cloud of dust and went up with us. We barely beat her to the summit and assisted each other with summit photos. Inpsirational to see someone do that on their birthday by herself. Met another nice woman from Colorado Spings who was enjoying the weekend holiday by summitting both peaks solo. Her husband had taken a nasty tumble on a road bike and one year later was still recovering from his injuries. Nice to see her get out and do that for herself!...

After pleasant conversation with all the Colorado natives we headed off to peak 2 Torreys to the west. While the others rested or waited for their loved ones to catch up it was time for Daniel and I to bolt. We saw a crowd of like 60 people below on their way up behind us!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2120 ft / 646 m
    Total Elevation Loss:603 ft / 183 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2120 ft / 646 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2080 ft / 634 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Grays Peak standard Trail
    Start Trailhead:camp # 2  12190 ft / 3715 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:563 ft / 171 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Torreys Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between Gray and Torreys  13707 ft / 4177 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Gray/Torrey (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 a960 ft / 293 m
2Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 b342 ft / 104 m
3Mount Sniktau2010-09-04 c214 ft / 65 m
4Mount Sniktau-South Peak2010-09-04 d152 ft / 46 m
5East Loveland Pass Peak2010-09-04 e120 ft / 37 m
6Kelso Mountain2010-09-04 f2014 ft / 614 m
7Grays Peak2010-09-05 g2120 ft / 646 m
8Torreys Peak2010-09-05 h650 ft / 198 m
Total Trip Gain: 6572 ft / 2003 m    Total Trip Loss: 6487 ft / 1977 m

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