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Is this weekend a wash?

Postby phillinley » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:45 pm

I'm currently on my way to Colorado for the weekend, was hoping to hit Holy Cross and Harvard on the weekend, or something else in the Sawatch or Front Range. But looking at the weather, things look nasty tomorrow and just as bad Saturday. Am I better off head back home (I'm driving from Illinois), and coming back another weekend? Or is it not going to be as bad as it looks on the forecast?

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:59 pm

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby phillinley » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:07 pm

I know, I'm grasping at any crazy hope. Just been a really bad year with trip after trip running into junk weather. This weekend was my last chance to salvage the season with something decent.

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby denvermikey » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:11 pm

Pretty much every range shows a 70-80% chance of snow. Even if the snow doesn't hit or amount to much, the high winds and cold temps will make for a less than enjoyable outing. I was planning to hike Saturday, but have changed my plans to Friday to try and beat the storm.....we'll see.

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby smoove » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:16 pm

phillinley wrote:I'm currently on my way to Colorado for the weekend, was hoping to hit Holy Cross and Harvard on the weekend, or something else in the Sawatch or Front Range. But looking at the weather, things look nasty tomorrow and just as bad Saturday. Am I better off head back home (I'm driving from Illinois), and coming back another weekend? Or is it not going to be as bad as it looks on the forecast?


Saturday's probably out but Sunday looks pretty decent. If you don't mind some snow on the ground. Holy Cross might be a bit much, but Harvard's probably doable. But I will say that the last bit on Harvard is a bit dicey with snow on it.

You could try getting up the road to G&T on Sunday. If you can't make it all the way, you could just walk the rest (good times). How bout Antero? La Plata?

Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby phillinley » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:23 pm

smoove wrote:
Saturday's probably out but Sunday looks pretty decent. If you don't mind some snow on the ground. Holy Cross might be a bit much, but Harvard's probably doable. But I will say that the last bit on Harvard is a bit dicey with snow on it.

You could try getting up the road to G&T on Sunday. If you can't make it all the way, you could just walk the rest (good times). How bout Antero? La Plata?



It would be fine if I didn't have to be back home by Monday night. I just can't justify spending $250 in gas for just one climb.

Absolutely miserable conditions would not deter me. But life threatening lightning and total white out does.

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby smoove » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:29 pm

phillinley wrote:
smoove wrote:
Saturday's probably out but Sunday looks pretty decent. If you don't mind some snow on the ground. Holy Cross might be a bit much, but Harvard's probably doable. But I will say that the last bit on Harvard is a bit dicey with snow on it.

You could try getting up the road to G&T on Sunday. If you can't make it all the way, you could just walk the rest (good times). How bout Antero? La Plata?



It would be fine if I didn't have to be back home by Monday night. I just can't justify spending $250 in gas for just one climb.

Absolutely miserable conditions would not deter me. But life threatening lightning and total white out does.


Understandable. If you really had a yearning to do something this weekend (and not think of it as a waste), you could do some lower peak near Denver (e.g., Bergen Peak) where the weather would be relatively mild. Then go do a 14er on Sunday. Or just come another weekend. ;)

Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:30 pm

FIRST REAL STORM OF THE YEAR!!!!

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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby Matt » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:44 pm

It's a wash for me. Maybe a low peak or something.
Snow? High winds? No, thanks.
Gonna stay home, drink beer, eat some ribs, and think about good things to come.
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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby Neil » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:47 pm

Climb in the snow. Seriously. What's wrong with that?
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Throwing the bone for the dog I see two passing lights
Well, I wonder where that driver's bound
Is there someone, somewhere, someway out there that I've not found"
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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby Kiefer » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:28 am

Neil wrote:Climb in the snow. Seriously. What's wrong with that?


Truer words were never spoken. Right on, Neil.
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Re: Is this weekend a wash?

Postby Nelson » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:36 am

Time to tone down the testosterone guys.

Climbing in a storm is riskier with a higher chance of getting off route. That is just a fact.

It is also just not fun. This weekend is a perfect example of a day where you don't need to be in the mountains. If you learn to pass up days with a forecast like this one you will have a long, enjoyable career in the mountains.

I think when we give advice to people on this forum we should keep in mind to whom we are giving it and the potential consequences of someone following our advice. In general, I don't think we should be suggesting to people we don't know they should climb Holy Cross in a storm.

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