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    Darren Rankine saved Handies Peak

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    Darren Rankine reviewed Grays Peak Trail

    7 days ago

    This is a link to my trail https://www.relive.cc/view/1630339455

    This review is for Sunday 10th June 2018.

    First, the drive up - wow. I was not expecting the 9 miles and 30 minutes of dirt road to the trailhead. I missed the tip "A 4x4 vehicle is recommended with fair ground clearance. " - my fault.

    By the time I got there at 6 am all the parking lot spaces had been taken and people started to line the sides of the dirt road.

    I started at 6:05 am and I was back at the car by 10:30 am after doing both Gray's and Torreys.

    On the way up Gray's, I missed the left turn and so ended up on Torrey's Peak Trail - I had to scramble to get back on track - fortunately, the AllTrails downloaded maps helped me realize my error. I was not the only person that made this mistake.

    It took me 45 mins to get from Gray's to Torrey's and it was crazy windy. On the way up I was doubting my choice of pants over shorts, but at this section I did not envy the people in shorts. I even put my gloves on.

    On the way down from Torrey's the 0.4 section on the map was covered in snow. A trail was well worn in the snow, but still, it was nerve-racking passing people and many people were just wearing sneakers - I had my "Yak Tracks" on, which are a must item for the backpack IMHO.

    I found it harder than Mt Bierstadt and did not pack enough water. I drank a liter by the time I got to the top of Grays. These are the items I took

    - Water 1 liter
    - Yak Tracks
    - Gloves
    - Layers, I had a t-shirt, a mid layer jacket and outer layer jacket ( I shed the outer layer)
    - Pants
    - Food for energy, I had two energy bars and a banana
    - Hiking boots ( not sneakers )
    - Pair soaks (there are a couple of creeks to cross, not as wide and deep as the Bierstadt one )

    I checked the weather on https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Grays-Peak/forecasts/4350

    I am not an expert. I am learning as I go. I hope this review helps.

    Darren Rankine completed Grays Peak Trail

    7 days ago

    Darren Rankine completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

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