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Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

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Are you planning to be at the Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer?

Poll ended at Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:33 pm

Yes, I'm definitely planning on being there!
37
76%
No, can't make it this time. : (
12
24%
Yes, but I told my wife I'd be skiing, so please don't tell her I'm on a 14er again.
0
No votes
Yes, but my husband thinks I think he'll be skiing. Imagine his surprise. : )
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No votes
 
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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:13 am

As of 11am this morning:

Not much snow up there. Maybe 5" new. Well packed trail. Someone marked the route through the trees with tape. Not enough snow up high for board or skis.

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Carl » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:31 am

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -11. Windy, with a west northwest wind 32 to 35 mph increasing to between 41 and 44 mph. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph.


Might have to leave the plastic saucer sled I borrowed from mtnfiend in the truck.

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby SurfNTurf » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:41 am

I have room in my car for one more from Denver, leaving at about 6:15 a.m.
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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Waggs » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:38 pm

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:As of 11am this morning:

Not much snow up there. Maybe 5" new. Well packed trail. Someone marked the route through the trees with tape. Not enough snow up high for board or skis.


While I'll still bring mine, is the need for snow shoes diminishing?

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby MichiganBrian » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:08 pm

Officially out. Cleared by the doc., but the PT worked me hard enough today that moving from my bed to my couch is likely to be a considerable task...

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:19 pm

Waggs wrote: is the need for snow shoes diminishing?

Waggs.


Yes.

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:19 pm

MichiganBrian wrote:Officially out. Cleared by the doc., but the PT worked me hard enough today that moving from my bed to my couch is likely to be a considerable task...


Brian, sorry to hear that. Hang in there.

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:28 pm

PUB and GJT offices still not putting the winds in. DEN office mellowing on it a little, though. Best I can see at this point: Steady winds in the 20s, possibly 30s near the summit, out of the WNW, with gusts into the 40s. I have not seen a current forcast calling for 70mph gusts. GFS models have backed off a little as well.

Bottom line: Dealing with winds on a peak this time of year is a reality. Bring something with a hood, for sure. I'll probably skip the goggles, myself. A balaclava, in addition to a beanie, both under some type of hood, would be reasonable preparation for any peak in snow season. Wind-proof gloves or mittens would be wise, and make sure to have plenty of insulation for the feet, as the winds can chill hands and feet. I'm going to be bold and skip the usual winter-time gortex shell (paclite or proshell), but will have a hooded top layer with windstopper material. We're planning to leave the snowshoes behind.

Hope all that helps. See you guys up there.

Jim

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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby MountainHiker » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:18 pm

I have found with Quandary the final couple hundred feet to the summit can be the most brutal on a windy day. Sometimes the summit itself has significantly less wind than that final push.

I’d say the ability to have no exposed flesh could be huge for staying comfortable (and not getting frost nip). Having the layers to stay physically comfortable can also keep you mentally comfortable. I will ere on the side of packing extra clothes I won’t need. It would really suck to get to about 13,500 and realize you are running a huge heat deficit.

Since I have them, I’ll be wearing my double boots. We'll throw in the snowshoes but it sounds like we won’t need them. I will take handwarmers.
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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby bhess86 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:54 pm

Someone's bringing Jack? I'll bring a flask of scotch. No one should drink alone.
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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:31 pm

If anybody is still up... Here's a shot of the ridge, courtesy of Jay521.
Thanks, Jay!




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Re: Third Annual 14ers Winter Welcomer! (Update & RVSP)

Postby SurfNTurf » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:30 pm

See everyone on the morning. If anyone brings a radio I'll have one set to channel 14-14. I'll be in a navy blue Mazda 3, black Marmot beanie, blue/gray Millet pack.
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