1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by Will_E » Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:40 pm

There is also always a possibility the winds won't be as strong as the forecast shows. If Massive is what you're set on, I'd go for it. Worst thing that can happen is you go, hike to treeline (highly unlikely winds will make anything unsafe below treeline), if wind is too strong, turn back. Hiking to treeline is a better day than sitting on the couch at home.

I've had many hikes where the wind ended up being less strong than predicted. YMMV
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by Trotter » Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:58 pm

Ptglhs wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:28 pm
I'm agreeing with the other posters on this thread. We don't know when the weather will hit, and you don't know how fast you will be hiking. Days are pretty short right now and the last thing you want is to be above Treeline, in the fading light, exhausted, getting knocked around by the wind, and then the snow start falling. Sherman or quandary would be better goals if you just had to do a 14er. Those are a lot shorter so they're easier to do, and turn around when on them.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by peter303 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:51 pm

Climb your 1st 14er in July 2021. Winter is here.
Plenty of satisfying and safer lower altitude hikes. Consider Sniktau.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by Dtallz » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:26 am

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. We will look into Sniktau and other alternatives.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by askwjs » Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:53 am

Be sure and check current closures. Guanella Pass just closed for the season early due to the fires. May want to go further west than Sniktau (Quandary or Sherman) or head south. No matter where you go, be prepared for high winds, very cold temps and to turn around if necessary.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by dwoodward13 » Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:08 am

Dtallz wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:26 am
Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. We will look into Sniktau and other alternatives.
Sniktau is also in the Arapaho NF closure area.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by Gandalf69 » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:18 am

The decision to turn around or not go somewhere as planned is tough. If you have bad thoughts or feels now, it might be for a good reason.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by Scott P » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:44 am

Look into Huron. It's in the same general area as Massive, but is a much shorter hike, especially if you have a 4x4.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by climbingcue » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:02 am

Scott P wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:44 am
Look into Huron. It's in the same general area as Massive, but is a much shorter hike, especially if you have a 4x4.
This is a great suggestion, it will still be windy and cold but much shorter if you can get to the 4x4 parking area.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by PJ88 » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:44 am

If no 4x4 vehicle, Yale would be a good option in that area. A little farther away but paved to the trailhead and a fairly straightforward hike.
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Re: 1st 14er - Mount Massive on Saturday HELP!

Post by ltlFish99 » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:32 pm

I'll agree with people who suggested Quandary. It has great access to the trailhead, and is popular.
It us also a much shorter hike than Massive.
I think Huron is a wonderful hike, and the views of the 3 Apostles are great.
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