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January Quandary IV

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Alby426 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:11 pm

Yup, still doing this, weather permitting of course.

We are probably going to meet at the trailhead around 7 AM.

I'll be leaving from Aurora, maybe for those that would like, we can meet at the Dino Lot around 5:30- 5:45 and carpool.

Looking forward to this climb as usual.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Ulla » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:35 am

I'm still interested as well.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Brian C » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:40 am

Might be fun to camp out as well. I'll try and come too.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Alby426 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:53 am

Brian C wrote:Might be fun to camp out as well. I'll try and come too.



I will probably not camp out, I have several people going with me and it's going to be unpractical.

It is a great spot for winter camping though.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Rosom314 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:24 pm

Hey team, I would be totally down for this! So is anyone camping at the TH? What would you guys bring beyond hiking gear (crampons? ice axe? snowshoes? shovels just in case?)

Just out of curiosity, would any of you (experienced) folks feel crazy enough to descend the Cristo Couloir if it looked good? I have experience glissading on steep, hard snow.

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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby Alby426 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:00 am

Rosom314 wrote:Hey team, I would be totally down for this! So is anyone camping at the TH? What would you guys bring beyond hiking gear (crampons? ice axe? snowshoes? shovels just in case?)

Just out of curiosity, would any of you (experienced) folks feel crazy enough to descend the Cristo Couloir if it looked good? I have experience glissading on steep, hard snow.



For the standard route, you shouldn't need crampons. Snowshoes are almost surely necessary down lower. As far as the couloir, it may not be ready for the descent yet, make sure you get good beta.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby SurfNTurf » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:50 am

I'd like to tag along for this. It would be my first winter ascent, but I believe I have all the necessary gear (will rent snowshoes, I guess), and I definitely have the necessary desire! I'd be coming from downtown Denver, would be down to carpool from here or meet at the Dino lot. Probably won't camp and drive up early that morning.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby crossfitter » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:30 pm

SurfNTurf wrote:I'd like to tag along for this. It would be my first winter ascent, but I believe I have all the necessary gear (will rent snowshoes, I guess), and I definitely have the necessary desire! I'd be coming from downtown Denver, would be down to carpool from here or meet at the Dino lot. Probably won't camp and drive up early that morning.


Depending on how much and how recently snow has fallen, snowshoes may not be necessary. The trail will likely be well packed down as long as it hasn't snowed in the last couple days. Microspikes or some other form of traction may be helpful, but you could probably get by with just warm water-proof boots.
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby hatidua » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:38 pm

I'll give it a whirl.

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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby PeteDunnewald » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:55 pm

Mrs. 4Lo says I can go! \:D/
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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby lucas » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:51 pm

I'd like to join you guys. It will be my first winter 14er, but I think I have all the right gear after looking over the gear list.

I'm coming from Denver as well, and would be open to car pooling. Is a 4WD vehicle necessary to make it to the trailhead in winter? I only have a front wheel drive car.

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Re: January Quandary IV

Postby JA_son27 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:59 pm

I was thinking of maybe going, but I don't plan on bringing any snowshoes. I am assuming the trail will be bootpacked, what do you guys think?
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