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General CO snow conditions

Postby gopilot » Wed May 22, 2013 8:11 pm

I've got a handful of peaks left to finish and I'm wondering what the snow conditions are like so I can create a pseudo plan of attack when I arrive from Ohio.

What I have are:
San Juans: El Diente, Sunlight
Sangres: Little Bear, Lindsey, Culebra
Elks: N & S Maroon, Snowmass, Capitol.

I'll arrive in two weeks and would prefer to attempt Little Bear while it has snow. Any word on conditions there?

Thanks,
Scott

p.s. I'm also looking for climbing partners.


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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby davebobk47 » Wed May 22, 2013 8:44 pm

Southern Sangres and San Juans have a lot less snow than the northern peaks. I'd hit both of those ranges prior to Elks if you're looking for less snow. I drove by the Blanca Massif two weeks ago and it looked rather bare.
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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby screeman57 » Wed May 22, 2013 8:47 pm

Little Bear's upper summit is icing up, particularly in the Hourglass. I'd give it a couple more days before you will have to wait for it to melt out completely.
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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby gopilot » Wed May 22, 2013 10:28 pm

Well, looks like I won't have the opportunity for a LB snow ascent this year. Thanks for the reports!

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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby peter303 » Thu May 23, 2013 7:07 am

Radio said Independence Pass opens Thursday 2PM. There were some pretty deep snow cuts in a Denver Post picture last week.
I'll probably do an altitude conditioning hike near Summit Lake.

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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby Brian Thomas » Thu May 23, 2013 8:10 am

gopilot wrote:when I arrive from Ohio

The 513 needs you to represent in those summit registers.
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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby gopilot » Sat May 25, 2013 8:05 pm

Haha! Yes indeed, represent the 513 I will.

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Re: General CO snow conditions

Postby Erckle » Sun May 26, 2013 10:19 am

i hiked little bear last wednesday. conditions were prime in both couloirs but it is going fast. plenty of snow in the hourglass, but it is beginning to become hollow and icy. maybe has another week left in it. as far as the elks, they are still fairly covered and the winter routes on the bells have been a favorite of locals, though it is warming and melting significantly here as well. good luck, and happy summits!

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