I have climbed the east slopes route 4 times, once in the early summer with a some skiing on the way down and 3 times in winter. This peak is quite easy and has many hikers on it, however in winter you are lucky to see anyone at all!
This was my first fourteener, and man was it beautiful!! It was also my first hike of the year which wasn't necesarily smart, but it was well worth it!! On to Democrat etc next weekend and Bierstadt after that!!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe