I am currently between jobs, and have some time on my hands until I can find another one. I'm from California, and was thinking of a road trip via the Grand Canyon (never been there) up to Colorado for some climbing. One friend suggested Long's Peak, but another who used to live near Durango strongly recommended Chicago Basin.
I was wondering if anyone can speculate on when I might be able to climb Eolus, Windom and maybe even Sunlight (if i can jump far enough to reach the summit block) without encountering much, if any, snow. I'm kind of new to climbing, but have climbed Mt Shasta, Mt Whitney (main trail (boring) and mountaineers route), Mt Carillon, Mt Dana, even Mt Russell, but my partner got spooked by the exposure and we turned around. I like class 3 climbing. Class 4, who knows, everyone has a different definition, mostly class 3 with exposure; i.e. mt russell.
My reason is that being alone, I'd be nervous on steep snow-covered slopes and the avalanche possibilities they present.