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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by Scott P » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:20 pm

I've only ever camped in the east during winter, so I was wondering what kind of elevations others had camped at.
In Colorado only or everywhere?

Here are the five highest elevations that I have camped in Colorado in winter:

1. 12,000 at Fourmile Creek (approach to Mt. Sherman) on January 18-19 2013.
2. 11,860 on Mount Yale on March 7-8 2008.
3. 11,750 at Pacific Creek (approach to Crystal Peak) on January 7-8 2011.
4. 11,560 at Fourmile Creek (approach to Mt. Sherman on December 22-23 2006.
5. 11,400 in Horn Fork Basin (approach to Mt. Harvard) on March 18-19 2011.

For all practical purposes, my camp at 11,540 near Hoosier Pass (approach to Mt Silverheels) on December 9-10 2005 was a winter camp as well and may take the #5 spot if you aren't picky about calendar vs. meterological winter.
Is it feasible for good old Jon to sleep on the summits during winter
It could be done, but just climbing the Colorado 14ers in winter is not an easy task so I don't think it will be done anytime soon. With the right equipment, you can sleep on top of the 14ers in winter, if you really wanted to.
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by RyGuy » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:23 pm

kebabra wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:46 pm
I've only ever camped in the east during winter, so I was wondering what kind of elevations others had camped at. Is it feasible for good old Jon to sleep on the summits during winter and if not should he try anyway?
12,500-12,600 on Sherman in December back is 2013.
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by SkaredShtles » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:49 pm

Around 12,200 below Greys and Torreys many moons ago. That was a bit of an adventure... :mrgreen:
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by I Man » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:59 pm

Highest I have ever camped - 23,300ft on Broad Peak in Pakistan for C3

haha in Colorado I usually camp at tree line as it is just more comfortable. I have bivy'd on the side of a mountain before though, probably around 12,000ft.
You could sleep on a summit during winter, a strong 4 season tent and a good job putting it up would get the job done. After all 14,000ft is not THAT high.

As Scott P said, it could be done, if you really wanted to (but who does!?)
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by Scott P » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:00 pm

I Man wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:59 pm
23,300ft on Broad Peak in Pakistan for C3
In winter?
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by I Man » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:01 pm

Scott P wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:00 pm
I Man wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:59 pm
23,300ft on Broad Peak in Pakistan for C3
In winter?
Lol you got me there Scotty! :lol:
I edited it to say highest I have ever camped.
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by Summit Lounger » Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:24 pm

I have to confess to lounging on top of Mt. Huron overnight in winter...... Yes it was intentional. :-D
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by Marmot72 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:20 pm

Ishinca valley, Peru. 14,000 feet.
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by Trotter » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:01 pm

Technically at 14,000 feet on Orizaba, but thats in a hut and its basically car camping.

Otherwise, maybe 1000 feet. I'm not a big winter camper.
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by onebyone » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:13 pm

I Man wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:59 pm
Highest I have ever camped - 23,300ft on Broad Peak in Pakistan for C3

haha in Colorado I usually camp at tree line as it is just more comfortable. I have bivy'd on the side of a mountain before though, probably around 12,000ft.
You could sleep on a summit during winter, a strong 4 season tent and a good job putting it up would get the job done. After all 14,000ft is not THAT high.

As Scott P said, it could be done, if you really wanted to (but who does!?)
In winter?
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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by peter303 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:37 am

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Re: Highest you've ever camped during winter

Post by ltlFish99 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:21 pm

12,000 feet below kelso for a winter Kelso ridge on Torreys.
Black lake in glacier gorge for a winter trough route on longs peak.
The boulder field for a cables route on longs that was not attempted the next day because of intense snow and 70 plus mph winds.
18,700 feet on Ancohuma in Bolivia, during thier winter season.
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