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Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

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Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby Mr Waffles » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:02 pm

Hi Everyone,

I am looking to climb my first 14er with a friend this weekend (9/24-25/11).

Which one should I climb?

What about Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross? Too Much?

I am not too confident about climbing in snow/wind/ice.

I would like to climb multiple in one day if possible.

~2 Hours from Denver

Thanks for any advice!

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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby peter303 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:16 pm

Quandry south of Breckenridge

or
Bierstadt from Guanella Pass from Georgetown
Evans from Summit Lake up the sheep trail
Pikes Peak from westside Craigs campground

All these are now "early winter" conditions: patchy snow up to a foot deep, wind chills down to 10F.
I did one of these four yesterday, so should know.
The mid-week snowfall has vanished from the weather forecasts, so conditions could improve by the weekend.

Try climbing one before multiple peaks.

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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby nfire » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:21 pm

only problem with that route is the downclimb of bross in the snow. could suck. that hike is not any harder than climbing quandary or something though imo.

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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby tjerasdave » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:27 pm

peter303 wrote:Try climbing one before multiple peaks.


+1 on this...although those are pretty easy peaks (Democrat/Cameron/Lincoln/Bross), you might want to lead off with just 1 to get used to it. In addition, those are 4 of the ugliest mountains I've been on and I wouldn't want you to think that those 14ers are what all 14ers are like. If you decide to do these anyway, make sure you read some of the old Bross threads so that you are aware of the private property issue. Please note that I'm not advocating either side...you should just be aware of the issue so you can make your own decision.

I also liked Peter's suggestions...Quandary in particular is a nice, easy hike and the Mtn Goats make it more interesting.

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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby mtree » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:00 pm

I agree on attempting a single peak vs multiple. Especially for a first climb. I'd say Mt. Sherman as the easiest, but you may need a high clearance vehicle to park up high. If there's any snow, you'll need a 4x4. Otherwise, Bierstadt or Quandary are good choices due to easy access. I was up on Beirstadt yesterday. Was surprised how much snow was above 13,000ft. VERY icy and slick coming down. Bring trekking poles or microspikes. All the boots on the trail made it even worse. Padded down the snow nicely so it was becoming like an Olympic slalom run!

Mid week forecast is looking iffy. Could have more snow up there and temps will be freezing. Expect early snow conditions with plenty of icy spots.
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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby Headwall5 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:58 am

To avoid snow, maybe try Pikes, it's a more difficult hike than the others recommended, but it's a very well traveled trail, and chases are that the snow wont be quite as bad.

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Re: Which First 14er? on 9/24/11?

Postby kirkreid » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:00 am

Mt. Sherman is the best choice for a first climb.
also drove a mini van with no clearance to trailhead so that is not a problem.
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