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Peaks with non-windy routes?

Postby GregMiller » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:48 pm

Looking to get out and get on a 13er or 14er on Saturday. However, it looks a bit windy:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Elbert/forecasts/4399

Anyone have suggestions of routes that typically shelter you from the wind pretty well? For example, I know (from experience) that Whale Peak from the Gibson lake side can shelter you from the wind pretty well if you head up the gully on the East face.

Any other ideas?
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Re: Peaks with non-windy routes?

Postby jdorje » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:38 pm

Any route that shelters you from the wind is likely to be avy-prone after this snow.

To stay out of the worst wind, find something a little lower (13er, 12er).
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Re: Peaks with non-windy routes?

Postby d_baker » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:49 pm

jdorje wrote:To stay out of the worst wind, find something a little lower (13er, 12er).

Or even lower, like below 11,500-ish, you know, like in the trees.

GMiller, just look at the forecast for where the winds are coming from, and find a ridge that will be in your favor with that forecast.

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Re: Peaks with non-windy routes?

Postby GregMiller » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:52 pm

jdorje wrote:Any route that shelters you from the wind is likely to be avy-prone after this snow.

To stay out of the worst wind, find something a little lower (13er, 12er).


#-o and you are absolutely right. Completely forgot about wind loading. Just goes to show you how much you still have to learn even after taking Avy 1.
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Re: Peaks with non-windy routes?

Postby SilverLynx » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:59 pm

jdorje wrote:Any route that shelters you from the wind is likely to be avy-prone after this snow.

To stay out of the worst wind, find something a little lower (13er, 12er).

Very true. The north and east aspects are the best for avoiding wind and the worst for avoiding avy danger. Crummy trade-off! :(
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