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Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby NittanyLion14er » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:53 pm

Hoping for a final climb before winter settles in. Looking for any weather/route info specifically for castle/conun combo or anything in sangres where snow won't be a route issue. Thanks all :-k

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby Justin9 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:05 pm

I wonder if snow will be an issue on Lindsey? I doubt it and would be up for a climb there on Sunday if you are looking for anyone to go with.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby matthewbe » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:48 pm

I'm also curious about how much snow would be on Lindsey as I'm probably gonna head down for a Friday climb, maybe another one Saturday or Sunday down there...
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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby fairy_dust_61788 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:24 am

If you're looking to avoid snow I wouldn't recommend the elks....they're all pretty with that white stuff on them right now. Not sure what the weekend will be like, we're expecting sun on Saturday and sunday so if I'd suggest climbing Sunday to let the mtns thaw some. A couple of the mtns even had snow below treeline yesterday.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby MrJohnnySpot » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:24 pm

I'm heading up there this weekend as well and was looking at doing Castle/Conundrum. I don't necessarily mind a small amount of snow, any idea if it's significant and I'd need something more than microspikes? Also, does anyone have suggestions on lower elevation day moderate-strenuous hikes in the Maroon Bells area? If it looks like the C/C is too snowy then my friends and I agreed to do something lower in the Maroon Bells area but I don't even know where to begin there.

EDIT: We're aiming for Saturday for potential summit or hike if that means anything.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby Chary » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:39 pm

I am also interested in the CA/CO combo on Saturday. Any beta about snow coverage is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby ajkagy » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:45 pm

snow above 11k right now and it's been pretty chilly the last 2-3 days...if the sun comes out the southern exposures will melt fast
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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby ajkagy » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:57 am

not sure if this helps, but this shot is on Mt. CB yesterday (9/27/2012) looking west, gothic mtn in the near right.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby NittanyLion14er » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:12 pm

Hey all, based on replies I've changed plans and now heading down to Belford/ox combo so that my buddy can close out the sangres. Maybe tomorrow or Sunday. Last minute decision tonite. 6-7am TH start time

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby NittanyLion14er » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Sorry meant sawatch

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby Carl » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:48 pm

Some shots of the Elk 14ers this morning. Trail runners were ok but not ideal above 12,500ish on north aspect.

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Re: Elks or sangres this weekend?

Postby jdorje » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:11 pm

The Crestones have significantly less snow, and likely not to get more:

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