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June 2013 13er and 14er Suggestions

Postby golden7 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:00 pm

I will be staying 30 miles SE of Steamboat Springs for the entire month of June this year. All of my climbing in the past has been in late July or August, so I'm curious to receive any advice as to which 13ers and 14ers would be fun during the earlier part of the season. I'm looking for class 3 and below routes, and I'm hoping to climb around 9 14ers throughout the month (I train heavily to be properly conditioned). Also, do I need crampons or any sort of winter equipment? I would like to try out some winter techniques if possible. Thanks a ton. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Re: June 2013 13er and 14er Suggestions

Postby ameristrat » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:35 am

There will be a lot of people on the site better suited to answering your questions than I, but as to what hikes / climbs - you are closest to the Tenmile / Mosquito ranges (for 14ers) - nice, shorter 14er hikes. Check out Decalibron (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross). It's an easy day to bag four fourtneeners if you haven't done it already. The Sawatch aren't too much further which are also all hikes class 2.

As for conditions in June, it all depends on snowpack which has yet to be decided. If it dumps all March and into April, there could be a lot of snow around in June like we saw in 2011. If it tapers off early, it could be very dry like last year.

Check back on snow conditions once we're well in to spring.
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Re: June 2013 13er and 14er Suggestions

Postby Lemmiwinks » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:35 pm

As Teddy stated, the June hiking conditions are very much dependant upon how much snow we get in March and April. As of right now, it looks like the snowpack will be pretty shallow, but it's Colorado, things can change quickly.

Based on your location, your best bet for 14ers will be the Tenmile/Mosquito, Front, and Northern Sawatch ranges. These peaks include Grays/Torreys, Evans/Bierstadt, Quandary, Democrat/Cameron/Lincoln/Bross, Sherman, Mt of the Holy Cross, Massive, Elbert, La Plata.

If you are open to 13ers, most people rave about the Gore Range. The Tenmile range has some nice centennial 13ers as well.
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