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Suggestions for a 14er the week of Thanksgiving?

Postby peladoboton » Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:07 pm

Hey guys, I am gonna be camped in Ft Collins for the week of Thanksgiving, and I am working my fat ass off to be in shape to do something up high that week.

Anyone have a suggestion for a good 14er for that time of year? I am open to stuff involving some mixed climbing and a ski/snowshoe approach.

Fish on,

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Postby MarthaP » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:11 pm

Depending on how far you'd like to drive, there are several reasonably accessible from I-70. Bierstadt, Grey's and Torrey's (you can bag both in a day), Mt Evans (with a looong ski approach), Quandary a little farther out. The big thing to watch is snow pack because if we get buried pretty much all the roads to the TH will be impassable. That can add up to 5 miles one way to the trip. You'd also have to watch avy conditions - most of these peaks can be bagged via avy-free terrain.

Not certain how confident you'd feel about Long's - it's a tricky one in winter.
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Postby peladoboton » Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:34 pm

i've thought long and hard about Longs, but having never seen it in the summer and not having a lot of time, i think i would go for one of those you suggested.

many thanks, MarthaP!!
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Postby MarthaP » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:33 pm

No worries! Maybe check back in before you head this way and we can update conditions.

Bierstadt is probably the easiest - Guanella Pass road should be open to the TH and then it's 3 miles one way to the summit. The wind can howl up the pass, though, and can really impede progress.

Gray's/Torrey's would probably require some hiking up Stephen's Gulch road. There was a rumor that DOT had graded the road but I haven't confirmed that. It's a pretty walk up the gulch and easy enough to slide down to the saddle of one and up to the summit of the other. It's an easy two-fer!

Quandary is a beautiful peak to skin up/ski down, if there's enough snow. The ridge can be quite windblown but there are some bowls just below the summit that are superb. It's a bit of a drive to get there (west of the Eisenhower Tunnel) but the road should be clear to the standard trailhead.
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Postby peladoboton » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:59 pm

Hmmmm....that Quandry idear has the wheels turning. I will check back with y'alls for sure. Many thanks for the info!!!!
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Postby seano » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:00 pm

MarthaP wrote:Gray's/Torrey's would probably require some hiking up Stephen's Gulch road. There was a rumor that DOT had graded the road but I haven't confirmed that.

They were finishing up the grading when I was up there on 9/18/2009. In fact, the grader was in the process of digging up a bunch of soft dirt on a steep section near the start, forcing me to walk the road. Other than that, it would have been perfectly drivable in my low-clearance 2WD.
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Postby Scott » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:56 pm

This page should have some useful information:

http://www.summitpost.org/list/337648/C ... inter.html

I'm also leading a trip to a 12,867 foot peak Thanksgiving weekend, but it's not a 14er. Below are some details:

http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f ... 25&start=0


If by chance you were interested, send me an email.
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Postby peladoboton » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:35 pm

scott, that sounds cool, lemme see what the wife et al have to say....
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Postby MarthaP » Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:18 am

Scott's trip sounds totally cool! If you decide you want something less involved give me a shout and I'd be happy to help. I have the whole weekend off.
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Postby peladoboton » Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:45 am

I just threw down a 'plans and partners' post for Quandry Peak on Nov 27, hopefully for a ski ascent/descent as much as possible depending on depths (I know there could be nothing but bare rock up there....but powder happens!)
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Postby MarthaP » Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:16 pm

I'll start doing my wild midnight naked snow dances to Ullr...

I'm game. It'll be a nice way to shake off the old turkey coma. :lol:
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Postby peladoboton » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:55 pm

So I only made it to Grizzly Peak today (the weather started gettin rough, the tiny ship...)

I did get the most amazing snot-sickle of my existence, though (please note it points in the dirrection that the wind was blowing).

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Cannot wait for Friday....
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Postby DudeThatMustHurt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:13 pm

Awesome shot!
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Postby MarthaP » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:19 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hey, I'm out for Quandary on Friday - new job, different hours. What're you doing Thursday (besides eating turkey, drinking beer, and watching football. 8) )
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Postby peladoboton » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:51 am

DudeThatMustHurt wrote:Awesome shot!


wait til i get home and get my SP on, my brotha!!!

Quandary Peak rocked, I cannot get over it!!!
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