Peak:  Mt. Antero (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  samrosemac
 Date of Info:  01/17/2021
 Date Posted:  01/19/2021

Summitted Antero via the West Slopes route on January 17, 2021.

Zero chance that even a 4WD vehicle could make it up the icy and snowed-out road past the lower trailhead, so plan to trek the entire 16 miles round-trip.

Used microspikes for the entire ascent. Tied our snowshoes to a tree just before leaving treeline, to reduce pack weight. Retrieved snowshoes and wore them on the descent from treeline because the snow had softened - very helpful.

Was relieved to see that there was barely any snow on the mountain slopes above treeline besides on the road/trail itself. Very low avalanche danger above treeline.

EXTREMELY STRONG wind - consistent 30-50mph. Highly recommend bringing an ice axe for stability and possible self arrest, as well as full-body protection (ski goggles, mittens, hand and foot warmers). Another climber we met turned around because of the wind (he didn't have an ice axe), which I very much respect.

The round-trip climb took 12 hours (5:30am-5:30pm). No cell service at the lower parking lot so have your GPS directions ready to get home.

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