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how to plan ?

Postby nutan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:23 am

Hi guys,

The whole of the forum is so informative and i can't wait to climb my first 14er. I am planing to do this with m 2 of my buddies around the end of October. This will be our first 14er/13er. After researching all the forum and i still have questions regarding camping and planing different trials.
We are planing to do it over a weekend (the whole 2 days of it). so, are their any THs where we can hike on the first day (reach a summit), camp for the night at TH, again hike for the 2nd day.? What would be suggestible for first timers.?

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby wildlobo71 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:34 am

Sunshine, Redcloud and Handies Peaks from Grizzly Gulch in the San Juans. End of October? Be prepared for snow.
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Re: how to plan ?

Postby jsdratm » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:53 am

You could also do Bierstadt in one day, camp at Guanella Pass, and then hike Square Top, Argentine, or Wilcox the next day. I think that would be good for your first time.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby BenfromtheEast » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:05 am

There could be many options! Give us a couple hints. Do you live in Denver? What kind of vehicle will you be in? What level of experience do the three of you have as far as camping and physical activity?

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby nutan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:22 am

@ wildlobo71
yeah snow , mostly last weekend of October.

@jsdratm
Oh ok, I will look into them too.

@BenfromtheEast
we are form Tulsa, OK., will be driving a 2WD, we have a very good physically active lifestyle and when it comes to camping, did few times but still learning things.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby nutan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:33 am

thank you very much for your replies guys,

how would be the combo trail , Grays and Torreys ?

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby IkeB » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:39 am

Great first timer trails, shitty road to the trailhead.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby rijaca » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:43 am

IkeB wrote:Great first timer trails, shitty road to the trailhead.


Really? I got a Ford Fusion up to the TH a week ago without a problem.
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Re: how to plan ?

Postby peter303 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:47 am

Elbert and Massive on separate days while camping along side Halfmoon road.
Nearly all the formal campgrounds with water and toilets have pretty much closed for the winter now.

Late October may or may not be winter-technical depending on how much snow we get in the next two weeks. It may snow of Wednesday and Friday of this week. Winter-technical means you should have snowshoes, microspikes, maybe skis, ice axe, avalanche shovel, avalanche beacon, avalanche poles and experience in using all these.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby nutan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:46 pm

peter303 wrote:Elbert and Massive on separate days while camping along side Halfmoon road.
Nearly all the formal campgrounds with water and toilets have pretty much closed for the winter now.

Late October may or may not be winter-technical depending on how much snow we get in the next two weeks. It may snow of Wednesday and Friday of this week. Winter-technical means you should have snowshoes, microspikes, maybe skis, ice axe, avalanche shovel, avalanche beacon, avalanche poles and experience in using all these.



:? :?
i have no experience using any of the snow tools you mentioned, but thanks for your heads up.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby nutan » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:47 pm

rijaca wrote:
IkeB wrote:Great first timer trails, shitty road to the trailhead.


Really? I got a Ford Fusion up to the TH a week ago without a problem.



I would prefer this if i get to TH without any hiccups.

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Re: how to plan ?

Postby scalba123 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:09 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:Sunshine, Redcloud and Handies Peaks from Grizzly Gulch in the San Juans. End of October? Be prepared for snow.


+1 Camp in the middle. Head one direction for Handies. Head the opposite direction for Redcloud/Sunshine.

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