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Winter Mountaineering, do you climb mountains in winter?

1. Never and don't plan to, not my thing, need to work on my tan lines
2
3%
2. Once in a while if a friend drags me up and bribes me with a beer when done
5
7%
3. I've been meaning to get into it and want to, but don't have the gear nor experience
8
11%
4. Yes, when I can, subject to how I feel and if weather is agreeable
53
70%
5. Every chance I get, I was born with an ice axe in my hand
8
11%
 
Total votes: 76
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ekalina
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Re: Winter Mountaineering

Post by ekalina » Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:28 pm

While summer is my favorite season to be in the mountains, I like to get at least a few peaks in the winter. I tend to favor the 6–9K ft range though rather than the 13ers/14ers. It's easier to stay out of the wind, and there's usually less snow!
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Re: Winter Mountaineering

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:46 pm

Summer 2019 I climbed something like 80 peaks, then took a ~5 month break because the skiing was just so fun. Once the lifts closed in March, it was back to the 13er grind. It's just really hard to find the motivation to get super cold and windy when you could get tons of laps in at the resort instead. Covid definitely has me doing a lot more winter climbing. Hard to say I'll do any winter ascents next year when the world and the resorts are back to "normal".
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Re: Winter Mountaineering

Post by osprey » Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:30 pm

# 5 for me.
Which led to the frequent telling by my mother of my difficult delivery.
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Re: Winter Mountaineering

Post by ltlFish99 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:22 pm

#4 for me.
I hike year round mostly local below timerline trails in winter.
That may change as I just got new winter hiking boots and they feel great.
So, I might go after a few snowflakes during what is left of this winter.
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Re: Winter Mountaineering

Post by headsizeburrito » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:23 pm

#4 for me too. I'd love to do more but am trying to be aware of my own limited experience and gaps in knowledge. I'm sticking to safe and well known routes for now because I don't want to get avalanched out of ignorance and get laughed at for being a noob. Hopefully I can expand my options in future winters.

I did Pikes via Barr yesterday, forecast said low teens and -15 windchill. I was kind of stoked to test out some new gear and instead ended up overdressed and sweating. I didn't even wear gloves the first two hours from the TH, much less my expensive new jacket. I felt a little ripped off but if the weather did turn out like that forecast I may not have summited, so I guess I'll count it as a win. :lol:
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