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Mount Torreys, Colorado
September 3, 2001
14,267 feet

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Map of Torreys
Map of Torreys route
Torreys from Stevens Gulch
Torreys from Stevens Gulch
Torreys
Torreys from Grays Peak Trail
Torreys
Torreys from Grays saddle
Rich Wendling
Rich on summit of Torreys
Torreys
Torreys from Grays summit
     Dennis and I decided to climb Grays, Torreys, and possibly Mount Kelso.  Because my Ford Aerostar blew its transmission on I-70, we were in a low-clearance rental car, and we had to park over a mile and a half below the trailhead, adding about 800 feet of climb.   Since we live near Fort Worth, Texas (elevation: 600), we had a little difficulty adjusting to the altitude.  There were a lot of people on the trail, since it was a holiday weekend.  Many people zipped right past us;  some sort of hiked nearby;  others did even more sitting on the side of the trail than we did, or gave up entirely and were headed back to the trailhead.  At about 13,000 feet, Dennis decided he didn't have the energy to attempt both Grays and Torreys, so we split up.  I went on ahead and climbed Torreys, then met Dennis on the summit of Grays. 
     The section of trail between the Grays - Torreys split in the trail and the saddlle between the two had been rebuilt recently, adding about 50 feet of climb.  There was also a crew at about 14,000 feet rerouting the trail to Torreys' summit.  There were about 20 people on the summit, and after eating some trail mix and taking pictures, I headed toward Grays to meet Dennis.
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