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Culebra Winter Hike

Postby Neil » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:08 am

Howdy,

Culebra is on my to-do list this winter. Normally I wouldn't bore you with this or discuss so far out, but obviously this particular trip takes a little advanced planning. Has anyone on the forum contacted Cielo Vista Ranch about a winter date? If so, I would like to join in the planning and hike, if you don't mind. I have plenty of winter experience. If not, I am happy to spearhead the endeavor if we want to do a 14ers.com Culebra winter trip. Please let me know either way -- I am happy to work on this. Thanks!

Neil

PS -- I would also appreciate hearing from anyone who has experience working with Cielo Vista on winter trip planning and logistics.
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby SilverLynx » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:11 am

I just wanted to say thank you for posting this because I really want to do Culebra in winter. I'm happy to help in any way that I can.
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby geojed » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:16 am

I'd be up for this. I've been resisting paying to summit a peak, but realized that I'll eventually do it anyways and that I'd rather pay to do it in winter than summer. Much more interesting that way. I'll want to add on Red Mtn too. 8)
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby I Man » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:18 am

geojed wrote:I'd be up for this. I've been resisting paying to summit a peak, but realized that I'll eventually do it anyways and that I'd rather pay to do it in winter than summer. Much more interesting that way. I'll want to add on Red Peak too. 8)


I am interested in this, too. Red is "free" with the the winter fee of $200 if you make their cutoff time.

Thanks for posting. Hope to see you all on a random Saturday in February.
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby nkan02 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:20 am

I want to ski it, so an early-mid March date would be my preference.

Edited on 01.22.13: Skiable conditions are not expected for Feb 2/3 weekend, so I am out.
Last edited by nkan02 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:53 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby Neil » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:23 am

SilverLynx wrote:I just wanted to say thank you for posting this because I really want to do Culebra in winter. I'm happy to help in any way that I can.


You're welcome! I figured I wasn't the only one to be thinking about this already, but you never know. Should be fun!

anna wrote:Culebra is also on my winter wish list and I'd planned on contacting in December to arrange for an early February date, possibly the weekend of Feb 2-3, which would be early enough in the winter to arrange an alternate date should the weather tank.


Anna, sounds like we are at about the same level of planning and consideration. I too wanted a mid-winter date so an alternative could be selected if weather shuts down the first attempt.

geojed wrote:I'd be up for this. I've been resisting paying to summit a peak, but realized that I'll eventually do it anyways and that I'd rather pay to do it in winter than summer. Much more interesting that way. I'll want to add on Red Mtn too. 8)


Yeah, I'm with on the money and interest! Also, I want to add Red. No sense in paying again!

TO EVERYONE, SHOULD WE START DISCUSSING A FEBRUARY 2-3 TRIP TO CULEBRA? Anna, I don't want to hijack your dates if you don't want a group hike, so let me know if you want us to shove off! However, planning, traveling, and hiking with a good crew could be of benefit. I'm excited about this!
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby Neil » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:25 am

I Man wrote:Red is "free" with the the winter fee of $200 if you make their cutoff time


Thanks for the info I Man. VERY good to know. So, hike fast is the bottom line!

nkan02 wrote:I want to ski it, so an early-mid March date would be my preference.


I'm not as keen on the skiiing, but you make a great point. Maybe one March ski trip and one February trip. Thoughts?
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby bergsteigen » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:25 am

nkan02 wrote:I want to ski it, so an early-mid March date would be my preference.


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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby I Man » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:28 am

Neil wrote:TO EVERYONE, SHOULD WE START DISCUSSING A FEBRUARY 2-3 TRIP TO CULEBRA? Anna, I don't want to hijack your dates if you don't want a group hike, so let me know if you want us to shove off! However, planning, traveling, and hiking with a good crew could be of benefit. I'm excited about this!


If there is one, there will only be a single opportunity to hike Culebra this winter (unless you fancy alpine bivies in freezing temps - thanks Kiefer and Abe). Last year the ranch set a date, then postponed by 2 weeks due to weather.

That being said, a group hike is the only option. February 2-3 sounds good to me.

The Ranch will clear a path to treeline if I recall. This trip is roughly 18 miles in winter and the cutoffs are a bit tough. With a team of trail breakers though, ti can be done.
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby mattb528 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:30 am

I'm interested too! I have winter 14er experience and can help plan if needed. No preference for dates as long as it's after mid-January.

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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby rjennings » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:35 am

I am definitely interested in going down this winter. If it is going to be a really long day (read: 18 miles), I think I would be more interested in skiing in March...
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Re: Culebra Winter Hike

Postby Neil » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:39 am

I Man -- thanks for the logistical info. Group hike it is. At 18 miles, I'm all for alternating trench ploughers up front. Very cool that the ranch clears the path to treeline. I've been impressed with their willingness to work with hikers.

Anna -- Sounds like a cool way to finish for your friend. And what's this...you don't want to pay $200 and walk 18 miles through deep snow on your birthday? :-D

Anyway, February 2-3 sounds good to me too, although it sounds like the ranch may unilaterally decide on another date. Why don't we get a list going? I'll update it as necessary:

1. Neil +2
2. SilverLynx
3. Anna +3
4. Geojed
5. I Man
6. Nkan02 (ski, March date)
7. Bergsteigen (ski, March date)
8. Mattb528
9. rjennings (ski, March date)
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