How's the Sawatch lookin?

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby rkalsbeek » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:28 am

Gnarly! Can't believe how much changed since Saturday, there wasn't snow anywhere. Such is mountain weather I guess. Here comes winter!
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby gonzalj » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:14 am

Does anyone know what the 4wd road up antero looks like?
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby DanielL » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:12 am

I'm hoping to hit Missouri and maybe Belford on Saturday the 19th, from Missouri Gulch. Has anyone been up there recently or seen conditions on Missouri?
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby pmreyn2010 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:20 pm

Any recent beta on the Sawatch?
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby DanielL » Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:52 am

pmreyn2010 wrote:Any recent beta on the Sawatch?


I climbed Missouri Mtn (standard route) with three partners yesterday. There was plenty of fresh snow on the route and we ended up breaking trail most of the way from the Belford-Elkhead Pass junction above treeline and all the way up Missouri, but avalanche danger wasn't an issue - also, this route tends to accumulate a lot more snow early on than many of the other Sawatch 14er routes. We used microspikes and gaiters, but didn't need anything else.

As far as other peaks, Belford and Oxford were looking a lot drier, and so were Elbert and Massive - I'm guessing that microspikes would still be useful though. The southern Sawatch looked even drier, but it was harder to tell.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby aliciaf » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:17 pm

Did Columbia today. Probably about 6" patchy snow at most. Got a look at Harvard and looka aimilar - snow maybe a little more consistent. Wore microspikes on descent but didn't need them on way up per say.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby jbchalk » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:09 am

Views of Northern Sawatch from Savage Peak summit on Saturday. North-facing stuff is very snowy and deep.

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Looking northwest to Fools Peak (far left), Gold Dust Peak, etc
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Looking north to Missouri Lakes, Whitney Peak (right) & Holy Cross Ridge
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby daver » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:57 pm

i'm trying to find a peak that i can slide a bit on tomorrow but not too high avy danger. (according to the caic bulletin yesterday, sw aspect sounds generally the most safe now)

anyone know what the east slopes of princeton look like?

trying to decide between that or yale (sw from denny or east from avy th). democrat/lincoln/cameron seems like a good one but winds are looking pretty bad for tomorrow.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby zoriloco » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:05 am

Any recent report on trail conditions on Shavano & Tab??? I was hoping to head out tonight and attempt tomorrow. How's the trail looking below treeline? Any good spot to set up a tent?

Thanks!
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:21 am

zoriloco wrote:Any recent report on trail conditions on Shavano & Tab??? I was hoping to head out tonight and attempt tomorrow. How's the trail looking below treeline? Any good spot to set up a tent?

Thanks!


Weather calling for 70+ MPH gusts for that area tomorrow. Just a heads up
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby GeezerClimber » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:38 am

Right now there is not much snow on Shavano but it is snowing lightly up high and it is supposed to get heavier tonight. There is no way to know what conditions will be tomorrow.

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby swinginstyle » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:01 pm

Is anyone heading toward the Sawatch range this weekend? I'm interested in Shavano/Tabeguache and Missouri/Belford.

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