Wish I lived in CO wrote:
Snowmass (std. route) would fit the bill perfectly, nice back-pack in, nice lake to camp at - looks very picturesque. Plus that I haven't done it yet helps. I have no doubt he could handle the effort it would take with the hike in and the climb. The problem is that my gut feel is that this is too technical a climb for someone with no climbing experience. I realize that the snow conditions could vary for a late July trip. I have an axe and crampons, and can rent for him if conditions warrant. More than that though I worry about rockfall (yes, we'd wear helmuts) or loose rocks to tumble over. I think he'd enjoy the class 3 climbing challenge, but I could never forgive myself if something happened to him.
For those that have done Snowmass (std. route) what are your thoughts. Too technical? Too loose? Rockfall? Or really no big deal?
Snowmass was probably the fourth or fifth fourteener I'd ever done, don't remember thinking it was very difficult, mostly long, but if split into a couple of days with a backpack, that part wouldn't be bad. I did it before there was the Roach book with his ratings of the peaks, when it came out and I saw it was Class 3 I couldn't figure out what part was 3, maybe the top where you scramble over a few boulders, but really, I think you could do it. The scree slope above the lake is kind of tedious, but just take your time and it's not a problem.