first winter 14er

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Re: first winter 14er

Post by recycleme » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:18 pm

quandary is not hard i tried it but had to turn back due to a fall when i tripped over a rock
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Re: first winter 14er

Post by Scott P » Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:34 pm

CaptainSuburbia wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:27 pm
I wouldn't mess with those slide paths on Kelso. They both went big 2 winters ago. It's a shorter route from Loveland Pass anyways. It was mostly windblown when I did it this past winter and snowshoes were not needed.
I have done it in winter too, but it was a very tiring and long day. Plus you are above timberline the entire distance and exposed to the wind and cold the entire time.

From a technical standpoint, it is a very easy and safe climb (as long as you stay away from the cornices and are prepared for the weather). From a physical standpoint it can be a real butt-kicker. This is especially true on a cold and windy day.
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Re: first winter 14er

Post by yayemaster » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:15 pm

Hello.
I am coming to Colorado next week and plan on climbing Grays Peak. Any advice for this time of year? Are the roads open? Am I crazy to attempt this late in the season? I am going with two other people. I have never attempted a 14er or 13er but have climbed many smaller peaks throughout the country.
Thanks
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Re: first winter 14er

Post by CaptCO » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:18 pm

yayemaster wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:15 pm
Hello.
I am coming to Colorado next week and plan on climbing Grays Peak. Any advice for this time of year? Are the roads open? Am I crazy to attempt this late in the season? I am going with two other people. I have never attempted a 14er or 13er but have climbed many smaller peaks throughout the country.
Thanks
I know nothing, but bring winter/overnight gear if needed. Layers for all your skin, microspikes/gaiters/trekking poles/headlamp. Start before sunrise, and don't try to drive further than the I-70 lot. I did G&T 11/19 last year in similar conditions, 14.3mi 4,856' just under 8 hours, I'd plan longer
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Re: first winter 14er

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:50 pm

yayemaster wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:15 pm
Hello.
I am coming to Colorado next week and plan on climbing Grays Peak. Any advice for this time of year? Are the roads open? Am I crazy to attempt this late in the season? I am going with two other people. I have never attempted a 14er or 13er but have climbed many smallaer peaks throughout the country.
Thanks
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