San Luis April 9-10

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Re: San Luis April 9-10

Postby Rastaman566 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:01 am

+1 on the carpool from the Springs if Sunday ends up being the day of the climb
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Re: San Luis April 9-10

Postby dmccool » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:21 am

Yes, carpool it will be. Looks like there's a decent size group coming from both Denver and the Springs. Maybe we can all meet down in the Springs on Saturday and pile in gear and bodies to as few cars as possible.
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Re: San Luis April 9-10

Postby Brian Thomas » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:57 am

Can someone provide an estimate of the round-trip distance of the hike from near the West Willow Creek TH, specifically how far up is the snow closure, how far could one reasonably expect to drive with AWD vehicle? I may be able to drive myself +3 from Denver and would NOT like to end the weekend with a $500+ towing bill.

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Re: San Luis April 9-10

Postby dmccool » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:06 am

B-Thom wrote:Can someone provide an estimate of the round-trip distance of the hike from near the West Willow Creek TH, specifically how far up is the snow closure, how far could one reasonably expect to drive with AWD vehicle? I may be able to drive myself +3 from Denver and would NOT like to end the weekend with a $500+ towing bill.

Thanks!


As of Feb. 12,

"Forest Service Road 504/503 is plowed all the way to the Equity Mine. Snow on the west side is consolidated spring snowpack, skiing was great (and continuous from the summit down the North Yawner Gully). North aspects around timberline are sugary, deep, slabby and prone to sinking. This is mostly in dense woods so it‘s relatively safe, if annoying. Take skis or BIG snowshoes. I can‘t speak to conditions across the slopes around/south of Point 12,562, as we skirted around it to the north. "


If this is still true, it might add about 1 mile each way. Don't quote me though.
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Re: San Luis April 9-10

Postby SurfNTurf » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:08 pm

Adding this mostly useless post to let everyone know I'm still interested. Boom.
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Blanca/Ellingwood 9-10 - *updated*

Postby dmccool » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:14 am

This San Luis trip has now changed due to poor conditions in the San Juans.

We have a group of 5 (SurfNTurf, EatinHardtack, ChrisFol, B-Thom, and myself) heading to Lake Como Saturday morning (4/9). We'll hike in for a base camp near the lake and attempt Blanca/Ellingwood early Sunday morning (4/10). If anyone is interested in joining up, please feel free.

Right now, we have one vehicle (room for 1 more) coming from Denver and one from Colorado Springs with room for 2 more. We plan to get to the Como Road turnoff sometime between 11:30am and 12:30pm.

Dan
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