Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

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Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby phillinley » Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:55 am

Thought I'd try Grays/Torreys at a quieter time of day. Was looking to take off from the trailhead around 10 pm on July 22. Even though it's a full moon, given it's a weekday and at night should the crowds be fairly non-existent summiting around 2 am?
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby Dezelrig » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:08 am

You will be the only one on the trail that night.

Everyone else has decided to climb Bierstadt that evening.

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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby phillinley » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:20 am

Dezelrig wrote:
Everyone else has decided to climb Bierstadt that evening.

:wft:



No one on here does full moon hikes? Sorry if that was an odd question, I do them fairly often in other areas, just never out in Colorado other than Long's.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby SilverLynx » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:51 am

14ers are never empty. They are always full of thousands of tons of rocks.

Based on the fact that you're hiking in the middle of the night during a weekday, though, I don't think you would run into many other people - not the crowds you would see during the daytime.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby bigtuna » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:22 am

Possible werewolves?
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby Gareth » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:35 am

I did Quandary under a full moon last fall. I started up at around 8:00 pm, and hit the summit at midnight (I was slow because I did the Decalibron earlier in the day). Near the summit, I did see a pair of headlamps moving up, but before long they turned around and I never saw them again. I met a couple of guys at the trailhead who told me that they were going to hike up the next morning. I don't know if they decided to try in the middle of the night or not. Other than that, I had the mountain to myself. Hiking up a high mountain in the middle of the night, under the light of the full moon, was a different experience, and one I'm glad that I've had.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby Steve Climber » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:38 am

Werewolves are just normal, fun loving, down to earth folks that, unfortunately, turn into horrible creatures for 29-30 days a month.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:02 pm

There are no werewolves in Colorado, just werecoyotes.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby phillinley » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:12 pm

Jim Davies wrote:There are no werewolves in Colorado, just werecoyotes.


I do have silver ice axes read to bat away the weremarmots.
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby TravelingMatt » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:16 pm

phillinley wrote:
Jim Davies wrote:There are no werewolves in Colorado, just werecoyotes.


I do have silver ice axes read to bat away the weremarmots.


Aren't those just ordinary marmots?
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Re: Is Gray's empty on full moon nights?

Postby jrs1965 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:25 am

phillinley wrote:Thought I'd try Grays/Torreys at a quieter time of day. Was looking to take off from the trailhead around 10 pm on July 22. Even though it's a full moon, given it's a weekday and at night should the crowds be fairly non-existent summiting around 2 am?


July 2012, we started the Grays/Torrey combo at 9 PM. It was a Friday, zero illumination, and we still ran into 4 other climbing groups. We moved pretty fast and were back at the TH by 3 AM. Full moon should be great vs. climbing it with no moon...

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