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 Peak:  Mt. Antero (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  SnowAlien
 Date of Information:  12/26/2013
 Date Posted:  12/26/2013
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Well established trench all the way up to ~11.7k, ~3 miles from TH (possibly even further, but didn‘t check). Ascended the rock rib (short-cutting switchbacks) angling for the saddle @13.7k. Frozen talus made it an acceptable ascent route. Little bit of snow near the summit ridge. Existing bootpack minimizes post-holing. Go get it!


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  • Comments or Questions
NicoleDeroeck


conditions     12/27/2013 20:03
So did you park at the 2WD? Roughly 15 miles round trip?


Spoke537


Antero on Christmas     12/27/2013 21:07
Nicole - I hiked Antero on the 25th. Here's my GPS link for reference. I went straight up the gulley starting at about 12k making it a bit shorter than following the road. Very doable with snowshoes. Then followed the ridge line straight over Pt.13800 to reach the summit. Total milage was 12 miles. The trench to 12k is solid and well established. From the ridge at around 13k it's pretty windblow with bare rock. I ditched the snowshoes at 13k and went with only boots to the summit. There are some snow fields still to cross but the boot tracks should still be there for a solid crossing. Have fun! The views are specatular!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/419943581


Spoke537


Parking     12/27/2013 21:11
You'll have to park at the 2wd TH. No way of getting beyond that point. There's a good pull out just before the trailhead on 162. Don't miss the junction with 277. It doesn't look like a TH if you're driving by the way the snow is plowed. The road is clear and plowed to the 2wd TH.


NicoleDeroeck


conditions     12/27/2013 21:38
Sounds do-able! Thanks


SnowAlien


my route     04/02/2015 19:45
I didn't go up the snow gully because it is a terrain trap from avy standpoint if something were to happen. Instead, I took the rock rib imediately to the right of it that took me to ~13k plateau and continued up 13.8k point, circumventing it on the left side and again staying above any snow gullies. I ditched snowshoes near 11.7k before I gained the rock rib. In current conditions they are probably not necessary even for the approach, but I didn't test the theory. Microspikes are very useful. RT took nearly 9 hours.



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