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Princeton conditions

Postby caveman_ug » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:26 am

Has anybody been up Princeton more recently than 10/29? I see that there hasn't been a lot of snow in the sawatch as of last week but on intending to hit it Friday night into Saturday morning. There is a forecast for one to three inches in the area. Added to what though and how is the road? Those are my main concerns.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby geojed » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:42 am

Added to practically nothing. Check out the pictures from a week ago 11/2. http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.4317957022004.2168874.1079359028&type=3
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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby GeezerClimber » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:43 am

There is essentially no snow on Princeton right now. Forecast for tomorrow is iffy. How's things in Franktown? I used to live there.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby leggaj5 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:40 am

I can only echo what the two others have posted. Did it on 11/3, and there was not enough snow on that whole mountain to make one snowball. Road was in fine shape.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby caveman_ug » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:57 am

Thanks for all the info everybody. @geezer Shanktown is as it always has been, pretty good. The beer is still cheap and cold at the sagecoach and we even have a couple of black bears roaming my neighborhood (russelville). I am planning a night ascent of Princeton if anybody is game. barring complications (aka life). I am a slow mover but well prepared.
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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby mtree » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:16 pm

Just got word from my weather guru. Conditions in the high country this weekend should approach absolutely miserable. This will be a cold and snowy weekend, especially for areas farther west (like west of the Divide). 8-16 inches of snow west of the Divide expected Friday through Sunday, while for the Front Range Crest range maybe 4-8 inches. Strong southwest winds will exist until Saturday morning, when they calm down to maybe 20-40 mph above 12,000 ft! Temps will drop dramatically during the day on Saturday as cold front passes and very cold air aloft moves in. Temps above 12,000 ft likely in single digits by Saturday afternoon, and may be close to zero during the day on Sunday, so any winds will create very low wind chill values. Snow will persist Saturday and Sunday, so very low visibility at times as well.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby GeezerClimber » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:17 pm

caveman_ug wrote:Thanks for all the info everybody. @geezer Shanktown is as it always has been, pretty good. The beer is still cheap and cold at the sagecoach and we even have a couple of black bears roaming my neighborhood (russelville). I am planning a night ascent of Princeton if anybody is game. barring complications (aka life). I am a slow mover but well prepared.


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The weather is beginning to change in BV as I write. The wind picked up out of the SE which is usually a bad sign and the temperature dropped some. Yesterday would have been perfect. I would try Princeton under a moon in summer. I've climbed it 9 times and know the route pretty well.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby asvlaw » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:16 am

I was planning on going Saturday. If anybody goes today please report back!

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby caveman_ug » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:57 am

Dave, Ya I saw the shift in the weather report (thanks to the weather guru) and it sounds like it would have been miserable. Which is fortunate because life intervened. I walked into a nightmare last night at home, whole family except me is down with a NASTY stomach flu. Sorry asvlaw no trip report from me.
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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby asvlaw » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:06 pm

Bummer. Not sure if it will be possible for a while

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby eskermo » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:15 am

Anyone been up in the last week? I want to try tackling this one Saturday or Sunday. Forecast looks nice and sunny with tolerable winds:
http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Princeton/forecasts/4327

Any word on Mt. Princeton Road conditions? I'd like to drive to the radio towers if possible, but realize that may not be an option.

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Re: Princeton conditions

Postby KSU Wildcat » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:54 pm

For the 1st time ever - I can help!! Today (Thursday), I hiked from the trailhead to just above the radio towers. There was patchy snow in places. At most 3" of snow, where there was snow. There were a couple of places where there was ice from melt, so you'll have to be careful there. I don't see any reason that a vehicle that can get over the uneven bumps, etc. in the road, would have any trouble up to the radio towers. Above the radio towers, there is more snow - road is mostly covered with snow, but not more then ~4" or so.
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