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Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

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Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby jdoty82 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:34 pm

Anyone summit Bierstadt recently???? Looking for any info on Guanella Pass road conditions from Georgetown. Summer or Winter TH access? Any info on trail conditions and snow pack on the summit, etc.

Looking to summit w/ my ol' lady (wife) this Saturday, April 27.

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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby zdero1 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:39 pm

All I have to say is bring your axe and crampons to any epic July climb of Bierstadt.

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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby GregMiller » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:36 pm

Might try checking out the trailhead conditions page or the peak conditions page. Updates from last weekend for both, looks like winter road closures in effect, and a decent amount of snow (especially with the dump since then).
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby Bean » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:58 pm

Word on the internets is that a couple groups will be up there tomorrow. I imagine some condition info will be available tomorrow night.
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby Steve Climber » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:23 pm

Keep an eye out for hidden gear stashes :xST ](*,)
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby SikYou » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:44 am

Road should open to the pass on 5/24. They open it on a Friday in preperation for the weekend conga line \:D/ \:D/
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby nkan02 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:47 pm

No new stashes of gear found. :( Access is still from winter closure TH on Guanella side. There is a superhighway access to about 12k in a form of snowshoe/skin track. Summit ski is in, but there is a rocky section for about 200 ft below before it opens up. Snowshoes are still needed, but probably less effective in the PM. Beware of the willows, they get soggy. Oh, pretty much no avy danger on the route.

p.s. Posted in Conditions Updates with pix added.
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby taylorzs » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:35 pm

Excellent, thanks for the update Nkan, headed up there tomorrow.
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby FCSquid » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:25 pm

zdero1 wrote:All I have to say is bring your axe and crampons to any epic July climb of Bierstadt.


I think they're actually spelled 'cramp-ons'
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby Steve Climber » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:04 pm

FCSquid wrote:
zdero1 wrote:All I have to say is bring your axe and crampons to any epic July climb of Bierstadt.


I think they're actually spelled 'cramp-ons'


and an Ice Pick
Dave B wrote:And/or line thy helmet with tin foil and realize this is a freaking mountaineering website.


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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby Bean » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:27 pm

Seconded nkan's comments. I felt sorry for the folks wallowing waist deep through the willows this afternoon. Then I chuckled a bit. Then I felt bad for laughing.

Summit ski won't be in for long. Coverage towards Abyss Lake doesn't look good from the top, even if stability weren't a concern.
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Re: Bierstadt Conditions? (Summit this Sat. Apr 27)

Postby zdero1 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:55 pm

aboynamedmargrette wrote:
FCSquid wrote:
zdero1 wrote:All I have to say is bring your axe and crampons to any epic July climb of Bierstadt.


I think they're actually spelled 'cramp-ons'


and an Ice Pick



Am I missing an inside joke or something?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crampons

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ice-axe.html

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