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Snowstorm in the Elk Range

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:55 pm

of course it's bad. but we're gonna use it as a warmup of subpar conditions. It's an easy retreat and very fast climb. a 5a start will do us just fine.

(and besides - I'm really excited to be in the snow! I can't freaking wait for winter conditions)

EDIT: as of now, we'll be up at Capitol next weekend too. It was the one thing I wanted this summer and it just hasn't worked out yet

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby kushrocks » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:12 pm

Not sure what kind of snow Capitol will get with all the precip but with this kind of weekend forecast even before all the rain that has hit that area the last few days I wouldn't go anywhere near the Elks this weekend. That area is loose enough already.

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby forbins_mtn » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:17 pm

kushrocks wrote:Not sure what kind of snow Capitol will get with all the precip but with this kind of weekend forecast even before all the rain that has hit that area the last few days I wouldn't go anywhere near the Elks this weekend. That area is loose enough already.

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/weather.php?ltype=1#


c'mon Ryan! Didn't you want to finish on Capitol in extreme measures? Or do we need specifically calendar winter? :wink:

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby Dan_Suitor » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:49 am

Any more updates from the field? I was going to do Pyramid on Sunday, but will probably put it off till the following weekend unless things improve drastically. Castle/Conundrum could also be an option for Sunday, if the weather improves enough. Anybody have insight on how safe Castle/Conundrum is if it's still wet?
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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby gonzalj » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:13 pm

Hey Dan,

Well it hasn't rained that much today and at times has been sunny. However, the elks have gotten a decent amount of rain this week and right now I simply wouldn't trust the rock on pyramid, the bells or any of the other class 3/4 peaks around here. Castle/Conundrum is easier and a little more forgiving, but the talus & scree on that peak are loose as well and my opinion would be just so postpone for better weather as most of the days up here have been cloudy & rain a fairly decent percentage of the time (mornings, afternoons & night time).

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby Dan_Suitor » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:41 pm

Thanks for the info Jorge. Guess I'll wait a week for this one and go with option number 3, watching football and drinking beer :iluvbeer:

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby seanmstewart » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:57 am

Any update on snow on Capitol? Want to attempt it this weekend, but don't really want to mess with that K2 traverse if there is going to be ice or snow on the route, might as well save it to next year.

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby oldschool » Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:38 pm

as of this morning, Monday the 16th, there's no snow on capital. I can see the summit from my job in Basalt.

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby seanmstewart » Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:16 pm

oldschool wrote:as of this morning, Monday the 16th, there's no snow on capital. I can see the summit from my job in Basalt.


Thanks. :-D

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby oldschool » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:22 pm

big storms moved through the Basalt and Aspen area in area last night but still no snow on capital!

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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby gb » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:52 pm

Snowed today on the Crested Butte side of the elks...
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Re: Snowstorm in the Elk Range

Postby nyker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:03 pm

Capitol has some fresh white on it after today...

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