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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby geojed » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:40 pm

falcon568 wrote:Has anyone seen/heard anything on snow conditions for Massive or Elbert recently? I'm guessing from earlier observations on the range that snowshoes are probably needed. CAIC has the Sawatch at "moderate" avy levels, would the East Ridge routes for both be fairly low avy risk?


From the conditions tab there is an 11/24 update http://14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=2789
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby justiner » Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:34 pm

falcon568 wrote:Has anyone seen/heard anything on snow conditions for Massive or Elbert recently? I'm guessing from earlier observations on the range that snowshoes are probably needed. CAIC has the Sawatch at "moderate" avy levels, would the East Ridge routes for both be fairly low avy risk?


It's pretty dry up there, some wind loaded parts on east facing, uh... faces. Black Cloud TH would be little problem from what we saw up on Bull Hill. I'd bring some 'shoes. Lot less snow in that area that what I'm seeing in Summit County.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby falcon568 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:18 pm

Did Mt Massive Thursday/Friday. Below treeline (12,000'), deep powder snow, snowshoes a must. Saw a few avalanche-ready slopes and triggered one "whoomp" on the approach to the East Ridge. Above tree line, mix of dry rock and wind-deposited drifts of snow, some of which were quite deep.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby druid2112 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:43 pm

Anyone got any beta on the 390 road/Missouri Gulch TH? I keep checking the conditions/reports but haven't seen much. Wondering how close Henry the Camry will get me to the TH.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby activecolorado » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:58 pm

Anyone have any recent snow updates around the Sawatch from the last few weeks? Looking to get up there next week during some time off around the holidays. Thanks for any info.

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby Yikes » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:06 pm

activecolorado wrote:Anyone have any recent snow updates around the Sawatch from the last few weeks? Looking to get up there next week during some time off around the holidays. Thanks for any info.


I was on east slopes of Antero on 12/14 (Browns Cr TH to treeline). Maybe 6-18", mostly sugar w/ some crust. Had snowshoes on, but they probably aren't 100% required.

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby activecolorado » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:25 pm

Yikes wrote:
I was on east slopes of Antero on 12/14 (Browns Cr TH to treeline). Maybe 6-18", mostly sugar w/ some crust. Had snowshoes on, but they probably aren't 100% required.



Awesome. Thanks for the intel, Yikes. Looking at Antero or possibly La Plata. Thanks again.

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby Matt Lemke » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:46 pm

marcstrawser wrote:so it's always open to the TH for La Plata?


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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby falcon568 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:01 am

Anyone have recent condition info on Elbert? Thinking of hitting the East Ridge Sunday, looks like it's going to get some snow.
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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby srockwell » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:30 am

Any route beta, pictures or recent info on Shavano? In particular, the East Ridge? I can't find much, especially on winter climbs of this route?

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Re: How's the Sawatch lookin?

Postby nsaladin » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:01 am

srockwell wrote:Any route beta, pictures or recent info on Shavano? In particular, the East Ridge? I can't find much, especially on winter climbs of this route?

I'd like to know about this route also! Anyone who drives 285 regularly can get an eye on the east ridge?

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