I will be spending some time in New Mexico from the 27th to the 4th, and thought it might be cool to make it up into southern Colorado to attempt a not overly committal winter 14-er, for example Humboldt Peak in the Sangres. A couple of logistical questions in that regard:
1) Snow conditions: what is the snowpack like this year so far? How far can one expect to be able to drive towards the trailhead assuming a non-4x4 vehicle?
2) Gear rental options (related to (1)): Assuming snowshoes are necessary, are there any reasonable nearby options for renting? I have very little desire to pack mine in addition to all the stuff I'll be taking already.
3) Recommended routes: I've read most descriptions of winter ascents via the east ridge. Any useful advice on that/recent info? How about possible camping locations?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!