Peak:  Mt. Antero (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  powhound
 Date of Info:  09/25/2013
 Date Posted:  09/26/2013

The last snow storm was hit and miss in the Sawatch. The 14ers, Princeton, Antero, Shav and Tab didn't have much snow visible from the highway. However, the 13ers in the immediate area looked pasted. Weird. On Antero, where it did accumulate was right on the jeep road that you hike on. Some spots it was drifted over knee deep. A lot of it is avoidable if you want to wreck your ankles, and sidehill around it on steep loose crap rock. Gaiters are advisable for taking the direct path through the snow. The winds were incredibly strong and shove you around, so you stumble like a drunken sailor. Poles helped to keep your balance and to avoid getting knocked down. Glad the route didn't have any exposure. Expended more energy than I would have thought on a "walk up" jeep road hike ... due to fighting the wind and punching through deep snow. Had microspikes, never used them, as I had a warm sunny day. I would recommend bringing them though, in case the snow was firm.

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