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Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby pushkars » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:27 pm

Any information on the snow on Kit Carson/Challenger Point? We are planning on doing the class 4 North Ridge on Kit Carson this weekend, so any snow information would be helpful.

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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby Kiefer » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:40 pm

No beta for ya but be careful.
Early storms like this don't usually deposit much snow. But things ice up and form a nice patina of veriglas quickly
with conditions like this. Might be fine this weekend, but who knows.
That's gonna be a bad route with veriglas. :!:
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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:45 pm

Just to state the obvious, it's north-facing, too, so it gets less sun.
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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby jdorje » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:08 pm

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Challenger's north slope gets significantly less sun though, even less than 13580 in the background there.
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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby pushkars » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks for the insight folks... looking forward to a good weekend of hiking.
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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby India Pale Ale » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:35 am

If you made it down this weekend, I would be grateful for a condition update myself - I am hoping to get down there monday or tuesday.

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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby pushkars » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:31 am

No worries. I'll post an update for you here.

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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby pushkars » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:30 pm

The hike on the weekend was good. The weather held up well and there were no clouds in the sky at all. The north slopes of both challenger point as well as Kit Carson have a few inches of snow. We did the North slope of Challenger point and the snow was a bit challenging. Nothing undoable though. There was some forecast of snow on Sunday night, so if you are planning to go, keep that in mind. With more snow, the route may get more difficult.

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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby EM_in_CO » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:28 am

Good morning,

Has anyone set eyes on Kit Carson and/or Challenger Point after the storms that rolled through Colorado yesterday and early this morning?

Any new snow and how much would be wonderful information.

Have a great day.

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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby jdorje » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:26 am

There was a little bit of snow yesterday. More is forecast over the next few days.
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Re: Conditions on Kit Carson/Challenger Point?

Postby EM_in_CO » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:30 pm

jdorje wrote:There was a little bit of snow yesterday. More is forecast over the next few days.


Thanks for the info. Do you suggest microspikes and hiking axe for the amount of snow?

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