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San Juans in June

Postby idance7 » Sat May 04, 2013 7:49 am

I'm thinking about climbing some of the san juan range in early/mid june and Im not comfortable with an ice axe or crampons. Is june too early to climb with out an ice axe or would micro spikes work fine? Also, when does the monsoon usually start? Is it dry until the monsoon starts or are there just fewer storms? (i plan to solo most of these)
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Re: San Juans in June

Postby San Juan Ron » Sat May 04, 2013 7:58 am

June is usually VERY DRY (the last couple years virtually no moisture in June) with the monsoon beginning the last week of June (usually drier t-storms) with the real rain showing up around July 1st. As you probably know, the San Juan Mountains are having a very poor year with snowpack (maybe 50% of normal). The ice ax question is difficult to answer because it depends on where you are climbing -- but, unless something changes this month -- it probably won't be needed. SJ Ron

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Re: San Juans in June

Postby idance7 » Sat May 04, 2013 8:15 am

That is very good news! i am planning on climbing wetterhorn, sneffels, and uncompaghre all on the normal routes. i noticed that in years past ice axes were needed until mid june. im glad thats not the case this year!
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Re: San Juans in June

Postby mtnmaneric » Sat May 04, 2013 11:49 am

Put your ice axe and crampons in your truck, and make a decision when you get there...

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Re: San Juans in June

Postby Gphunk88 » Sat May 04, 2013 12:51 pm

I am also planning to spend at least a few weeks in the San Juans this summer, however I was planning on July... After reading this post is it wise to say that I shouldn't go in July with the monsoon or what other info could anyone give me on this subject? Also, (in an effort to not post redundant threads) I plan spending (hopefully) the better part of June in the Sawatch. Could anyone provide me with weather info or typical trail conditions during June? Thanks in advance and I always appreciate any help I can get from this site haha.
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Re: San Juans in June

Postby screeman57 » Sat May 04, 2013 1:26 pm

Gphunk88 wrote:I am also planning to spend at least a few weeks in the San Juans this summer, however I was planning on July... After reading this post is it wise to say that I shouldn't go in July with the monsoon or what other info could anyone give me on this subject? Also, (in an effort to not post redundant threads) I plan spending (hopefully) the better part of June in the Sawatch. Could anyone provide me with weather info or typical trail conditions during June? Thanks in advance and I always appreciate any help I can get from this site haha.


The monsoon isn't prohibitive, it's just an additional element to consider. It's actually nice to have less weather ambiguity--count on a several-hour downpour every afternoon and possibly for entire days. Start early, turn around judiciously, and be prepared to be tentbound if you're backpacking.
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Re: San Juans in June

Postby Sartorius78 » Sat May 04, 2013 5:51 pm

How do able do you think Mt wilson/eldiente combo be form kilpacker on memorial weekend? Along with wilson peak form sliver pick?

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