Getting heated in here. I truly appreciate all the info, and suggestions, and welcome the words of caution as well. All will be taken into consideration. I don't want to get in over my head, so I'll probably go conservative on my route choices on my first trip to CO. I'm considering Mt Elbert as the 'walkup' type of thing. I'll probably skip the Keyhole Route--no need to argue. It would make sense that people from CO, more familiar with the terrain, get into less trouble than people from other places. At the same time, from what I've read, it is a classic route, and thus a good suggestion. It's looking like probably April, so I'll expect lots of snow and some extra mileage due to winter parking. Same deal here in the Northeast--some places you just can't drive to in the winter, so you walk farther. And yes, that "junk we get in Vermont" is piled high, and I slog through it on snowshoes every day, breaking my own little trail system. Luckily, I live in the sticks, and the back yard is like a winter wonderland--except with post-holing and spruce traps. I do not have any definite plans as of yet, but I will be staying active this winter in preparation. In the meantime, keep the knowledge coming.