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Best winter climbs in CO

Postby lavaka » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:41 am

I'm looking to do a climb next week. Any suggestions? Criteria below:

- not too far from Vail/Summit County area (2 hour drive, 1 hour drive is better)

- relatively low avy danger

- not Quandry or Bierstadt (I've done these in winter a few times)

- 13er or 14er preferred, but a great mountain of any height would work

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Best winter climbs in CO

Postby Niederbayer » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:07 am

Mt Sherman, North Star Mtn, Mt Silverheels, Hoosier Ridge/Read Peak
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Re: Best winter climbs in CO

Postby lavaka » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:17 pm

thanks Niederbayer. I guess Hoosier pass area is good for quick access and low avy danger (and high winds!)
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Re: Best winter climbs in CO

Postby Dartmouth Hiker » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:37 am

Also Mt. Sniktau. About as easy and safe a 13er as you can climb in the winter, and you start from Loveland Pass!
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Re: Best winter climbs in CO

Postby Point North » Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:16 pm

What about a relatively easy and safe 14er? (Without looking at the list posted on this site.)
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Re: Best winter climbs in CO

Postby AlexeyD » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:32 pm

Point North wrote:What about a relatively easy and safe 14er? (Without looking at the list posted on this site.)


Excluding the two mentioned in the OP, I'd say that Elbert would probably be the next easiest and safest - though it's a long day with a lot of gain and distance.
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