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 Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
 Post Date:  05/09/2011 Modified: 05/23/2011
 Date Climbed:   05/07/2011
 Posted By:  ldperigo

 Anterno - Kick Stepping, Post-holing, and Snow Blindness   

For a detailed trip report with pictures view here: http://ashleviperigo.blogspot.com/2011/05/mt-aterno-kick-stepping-post-holing.html

Summary

• I soloed climbed the West Slopes (standard route). This route starts from the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead, and is 15 miles RT, with 5,200 feet of elevation gain.
• I hiked up three miles (1h 48m) and camped above the summer 4x4 TH at just under 11,000 feet.
• I left camp at 6:30 a.m. and made the summit in 4h 39m. I stayed 10 min. at the summit, and it took 2h 10m to get back down to camp, and finally another 1h and 4min to trek the 3 miles back to the Jeep. The total time was 9h 53m.
• Overall Impression: This was a great route to do in winter or early spring for an easy mountaineering route. The route is straight forward with snow and ice and limited exposure. However, if done in the spring--snowshoes, skins, snowboard, ice axe and/or snow goggles/glasses would be extremely beneficial.

Trailhead
The Baldwin Gulch Trailhead is still covered in snow. I was only able to drive .4 miles up in my standard Jeep Grand Cherokee. The snow seems to be melting quickly, but I believe it will still be several weeks before anyone will be able to drive all the way to the 4x4 TH. There were two small avalanches that cover the road and are about 10 feet high.

 


  • Comments or Questions
bfsmith


Thanks for the beta     2011-05-10 08:23:18
I have Antero queued up for my 1st 14er this year. Good to start getting some info.

Ben


Doctor No


Antero     2011-05-10 08:47:04
Not Aterno.


lackerstef


Better Condition     2011-06-07 18:50:40
Just finished Antero yesterday and I wanted to let you know I saw your glissade track and foot prints. There was much less snow, but enough to still be a pain (always a difficult decision to wear traction). I did fine on the ascent with just an axe and microspikes up the same area you did (to avoid the switch backs). In the afternoon, however, the snow was melting and returning was a pain in the butt. One of the ”easiest” fourteeners was one of the hardest for me given the conditions.


lackerstef


btw     2011-06-07 18:57:34
By the way, did you lose a clear 'Sears' water bottle?


ldperigo


Water Bottle     2011-06-08 07:32:27
I did not lose anything on the trip, thank you for asking.



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