2013 Spring Gathering...

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby swdishfishhoarder » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:00 am

If anyone wants to carpool from Colorado Springs sent me a PM.
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby Arkenstone » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:36 pm

Oh this sounds too good to pass up. Can I be the designated new guy? What kind of hazing rituals are we talking here, cause I am not carrying everybody's kitchen sink. I have yet to hit the Elk Mtns so I'm good for any route short of skis, unless you want to see the longest cartwheeling yard sale ever. Def carpool from springs anyone.
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby JROSKA » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:15 pm

Sounds like fun, especially since I'd like to get back out there to do the Castle / Conundrum traverse (fell a bit short last year). I may be with someone who has a 4WD truck. Curious - any chance we can maybe drive up that road to 12,000 feet (or even higher) or would that be out of the question for that time of year?
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby Brian Thomas » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:48 am

JROSKA wrote:any chance we can maybe drive up that road to 12,000 feet (or even higher) or would that be out of the question for that time of year?

We were there this same time last year and I drove my Honda CR-V up to the bridge and parked there. Two years ago we drove a Toyota Sequoia through the creek crossing and it resulted in some expensive repairs #-o
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby mtree » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:29 pm

I've been up to Castle Peak a couple times. Crossing the creek (river) in a vehicle will require a high clearance 4WD - if its even possible - in mid-May. With all the recent snows, I'm guessing it'll be raging pretty good. If you manage to cross Castle Creek, once you reach the Y for Pearl Pass/Montezuma Basin, the road gets considerably rougher and begins to narrow drastically. You'll likely need a short wheel base and high clearance if you want to continue past 11,200ft. That or alot of determination...and a fat wallet just in case. If there's snow/ice, all bets are off.

If the creek isn't passable to vehicles, hopefully, there's a shallow crossing or bridge somewhere to get across the creek on foot.

If conditions persist, the skiing will be awesome and STEEP! Experts only. That said, I might be up for the gathering. It'll be a game time decision based on weather and conditions.
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby davebobk47 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:10 pm

I'm planning on being there. Looking to do C/C via Castle's N Face Couloir then over to Conundrum. Coming from Summit County (right off I-70 in Frisco) if anyone is looking to carpool. Will also plan on bringing some adult beverages :iluvbeer:
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby mountainute » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:03 pm

Hi there,
i'd like to come to a group outing to meet some more folks, however, i'm not sure that colouir climbing is especially safe in large groups.
Is anyone interested in climbing something in a smaller group?
then please drop me a note. Cheers, u :-D :-D
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby Scott P » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:54 am

Since people are asking about trailhead access et al, it is worth noting that there is now 2.4 times the amount of snow in the area this year vs. last year.

I'd guess that the chances of getting past the stream crossing in a vehicle are very slim.

Even getting to the stream crossing in a vehicle may not be possible, though there are plenty of places to camp below this.

i'm not sure that colouir climbing is especially safe in large groups.


+1.

Is anyone interested in climbing something in a smaller group?


If too crowded, I may meet the group for the evening and head to Sopris, Pearl, or something.
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby k-berger » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:30 am

davebobk47 wrote:Looking to do C/C via Castle's N Face Couloir then over to Conundrum.


Thinking the same thing if snow conditions and crowds work out. I would be up for alternatives as well if too many people are looking to climb the same couloir (although I haven't seen many people mention the N face couloir on this thread). I will be driving from Denver and would be interested in a carpool.
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby ameristrat » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:13 am

All tight, I'm definitely in. Will contribute the best beer in the world: Milwaulkee's Best Ice.

If you can finish the can without hating your life, it's free! :twisted:
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby GregMiller » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:16 am

ameristrat wrote:Will contribute the best beer in the world: Milwaulkee's Best Ice.


If by 'best' you mean 'best beer in the world for use as a pistol target', then sure. :lol:

Edit - and I mean unopened - old skunked cans of beer make pretty fun targets :-)
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Re: 2013 Spring Gathering...

Postby ameristrat » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:26 pm

GregMiller wrote:
ameristrat wrote:Will contribute the best beer in the world: Milwaulkee's Best Ice.


If by 'best' you mean 'best beer in the world for use as a pistol target', then sure. :lol:



Exactly.
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