First 14ers - October

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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by aprb » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:00 pm

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peter303 wrote: 2) Three day acclimatization. Hike something 10-11K day one, 12-13K day two, and 14er day three. This worked much better for me coming from sea level.
Even if you only have one day to acclimatize Mt. Sniktau would be a great warm up with easier driving and hiking.
https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=2 ... type=13ers

You could also try Grizzly D and if you are feeling good follow the ridge to Torreys ...
https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=2 ... type=13ers
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by nyker » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:52 pm

That's a crazy photo
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by Rollie Free » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:45 am

nmjameswilson wrote:Thank you everyone for the advice!!

I am staying the night at the trailhead the night before I hike so it sounds like that will help a lot as most have said to stay above 5000. I will probably avoid the meds and hope for the best and will turn around if I have issues.

Thanks again everyone ... I am excited to add this fun new hobby.
Understand, there us a parking area right off the interstate exit (Bakerville) that is referred to as the 2wd trailhead. 3 miles up is the 4wd trailhead. This road is awful. Many wonderful things about Colorado, their county road maintenance isn't one of them. It's third world driving. Was there last weekend with a new Ford Explorer and it was still difficult. There is a ravine running right through the road that I got stuck in for a bit. Some cars are parked below this so depending on what you're driving you may want to go no further.I believe it was about a mile from the 4wd trailhead. Think Disney's Indiana Jones Adventure ride.
Sleeping that high may not be a great idea. You may spend three quarters of your night gasping for air. Aside from that people come in with bright lights, slamming doors, and generally being disruptive from about 4am on.
It is not a haven for a good night's rest. Bring earplugs. A weekday in October may not be top bad though.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by nmjameswilson » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:44 pm

Rollie Free wrote:
nmjameswilson wrote:Thank you everyone for the advice!!

I am staying the night at the trailhead the night before I hike so it sounds like that will help a lot as most have said to stay above 5000. I will probably avoid the meds and hope for the best and will turn around if I have issues.

Thanks again everyone ... I am excited to add this fun new hobby.
Understand, there us a parking area right off the interstate exit (Bakerville) that is referred to as the 2wd trailhead. 3 miles up is the 4wd trailhead. This road is awful. Many wonderful things about Colorado, their county road maintenance isn't one of them. It's third world driving. Was there last weekend with a new Ford Explorer and it was still difficult. There is a ravine running right through the road that I got stuck in for a bit. Some cars are parked below this so depending on what you're driving you may want to go no further.I believe it was about a mile from the 4wd trailhead. Think Disney's Indiana Jones Adventure ride.
Sleeping that high may not be a great idea. You may spend three quarters of your night gasping for air. Aside from that people come in with bright lights, slamming doors, and generally being disruptive from about 4am on.
It is not a haven for a good night's rest. Bring earplugs. A weekday in October may not be top bad though.
Thank you for the reply ... I think I may sleep at a hotel after everything I have read and just drive up the road around 5-6 am. I have a Tundra so SHOULD be ok on the road. :-)
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by Dark Helmet » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:48 pm

I did my first 14er in October of 2012..... Barr Trail up Pikes Peak, all 13 god-forsaken miles...

I was in similar condition to you, albeit I was a week from turning 34, but I was training for the KC Half Marathon later that month.

I was fine, you'll be fine.... just watch for Altitude symptoms, and sleep as high as you can. I'm far from a noob to colorado hiking, so I knew how I would react to the elevation, but if you don't that's the first place you can get in trouble. Second thing is come prepared for ANY weather. October is a crap-shoot, it may be a blizzard, it may be 85 degrees....

Regardless, GOOD LUCK!
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by rijaca » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:43 am

Rollie Free wrote:
Understand, there us a parking area right off the interstate exit (Bakerville) that is referred to as the 2wd trailhead. 3 miles up is the 4wd trailhead. This road is awful. Many wonderful things about Colorado, their county road maintenance isn't one of them. It's third world driving. Was there last weekend with a new Ford Explorer and it was still difficult. There is a ravine running right through the road that I got stuck in for a bit. Some cars are parked below this so depending on what you're driving you may want to go no further.I believe it was about a mile from the 4wd trailhead. Think Disney's Indiana Jones Adventure ride.
Gotta love out of state yahoos complaining about off highway roads in Colorado! According to the most current TH conditions...
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the road is fine. If your Tundra has trouble, it will be due to operator error.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by mtree » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:39 pm

Getting a good night's rest is way more important than TRYING to sleep one night at altitude. The amount of acclimating your body does at rest will be minimal anyway. I swear folks who drive up to sleep at the trailhead get a placebo affect at most. I doubt it does much of anything. I'd stay below 10K and get some sleep. Hydration is also important. Go easy on drinks the night before. As others have said, take it easy and listen to your body. You should be just fine. Have fun!
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by Rollie Free » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:54 pm

rijaca wrote:
Rollie Free wrote:
Understand, there us a parking area right off the interstate exit (Bakerville) that is referred to as the 2wd trailhead. 3 miles up is the 4wd trailhead. This road is awful. Many wonderful things about Colorado, their county road maintenance isn't one of them. It's third world driving. Was there last weekend with a new Ford Explorer and it was still difficult. There is a ravine running right through the road that I got stuck in for a bit. Some cars are parked below this so depending on what you're driving you may want to go no further.I believe it was about a mile from the 4wd trailhead. Think Disney's Indiana Jones Adventure ride.
Gotta love out of state yahoos complaining about off highway roads in Colorado! According to the most current TH conditions...

TH conditions.JPG the road is fine. If your Tundra has trouble, it will be due to operator error.
Quite the bag of insults and belittlement. You could try forming a disagreement without resorting to treating others like this.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by nmjameswilson » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:40 am

Thanks for the replies. I have booked a room in Idaho Springs for the night before the climb and should be in Denver the before the climb around 4pm.

I was wondering if I need a HEAVY jacket with me. I have four layers planned to include a puffed insulated jacket and North Face rain/wind jacket over everything. Is that good? If not any recommendations for a fair priced heavy top jacket.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by denvermikey » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:49 am

Highly doubtful you would need an additional heavy jacket above what you already listed. In fact, odds are good that you will be removing layers as the sun rises and you get your heart pumping. One thing you get used to is adding & removing, adding & removing, layers throughout the hike as you get warm and your exposure to the wind changes.

If it is windy that day, a scarf or something to cover your face is a good idea.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by mtree » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:51 am

denvermikey wrote:Highly doubtful you would need an additional heavy jacket above what you already listed. In fact, odds are good that you will be removing layers as the sun rises and you get your heart pumping. One thing you get used to is adding & removing, adding & removing, layers throughout the hike as you get warm and your exposure to the wind changes.

If it is windy that day, a scarf or something to cover your face is a good idea.
Spot on.
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Re: First 14ers - October

Post by nmjameswilson » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:58 am

Outstanding and thank you!

I AM GETTING EXCITED!!!!
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