CastillejaMiniata wrote:... Pikes Peak you could do with minimal gear more than likely.
There wasn't a ton of snow up there, but what was there couldn't have been more treacherous. Never have I had a first account with that bad of avy terrain. The mountain was closed down for the week due to overall conditions, but we wanted to scout out the bottomless pit to see what the Y couloirs looked like. However, just in getting halfway there we decided to bail due to all the dangers (keep in mind we were on a safe slope angle at this point).
That day we managed to climb up to just under 13,000ft where we were met with -37 degree windchill factor conditions. After that day I stuck to bouldering, mountain biking and home brew tasting at the lower elevations.
Oh right, and I do now understand why people there thought I was crazy to winter camp up in RMNP as that was, well, an interesting experience.