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Winter 13ers and 14ers for New Hiker

FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
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Winter 13ers and 14ers for New Hiker

Postby Yoric » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:38 pm

Hello all,

My wife and I moved to Colorado from Florida this summer to follow our shared dream of living near the mountains. Needless to say, we don't want to stop hiking 13ers and 14ers now that snow is starting to creep in at the higher elevations. I'm looking for a list of mountains we can safely climb during from this point (mid November) forward, through the winter months. We will take courses on winter climbing, but those may take time due to my work schedule. Ideally, these peaks can be hiked without avalanche training or technical style climbing.

I still consider our skill at beginner when it comes to snow. We have little experience here in the states, but have done several New Zealand "Great Walks" and higher elevation hiking in Nepal.

Thanks!

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Re: Winter 13ers and 14ers for New Hiker

Postby dehrlich101 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:04 pm

Quandary is a good one for the first winter 14er. Low chance of avalanches on the standard route and easy to get to the trailhead.

Here is another tread that has some other good winter climbs.

http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=38146

http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=38106

It's a good idea to get some sort of avalanche knowledge before you go though. Here are a few awareness classes that are a few hours long and FREE!

REI classes in the Denver metro area.

http://www.rei.com/stores/denver.html

Friends of Berthound Pass.

http://berthoudpass.org/category/classes/

If you can't make it to those. Read some books.

http://www.rei.com/product/784027/mountaineers-books-staying-alive-in-avalanche-terrain-2nd-edtion

http://www.rei.com/product/831040/snow-sense-a-guide-to-evaluating-snow-avalanche-hazard-5th-edition

Also check CAIC to see if Avalanche conditions are low.

https://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php
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Re: Winter 13ers and 14ers for New Hiker

Postby SeracZack » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:33 am

This is a good list that Scott put together last year.

http://www.summitpost.org/colorado-14ers-in-winter/337648
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
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Re: Winter 13ers and 14ers for New Hiker

Postby Yoric » Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:07 pm

Wow, thanks for those links! These should keep us busy for a while.

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