Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
White, Mt  -  13,667 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2019
Date Climbed:   06/28/2019
Author:  Markwise
 Mt. Antero + Mt. White via Little Brown's Creek  

I have a full trip report including 28 photos on my blog at this link:

http://www.wildernesswanderings.net/2019/06/mt-antero-mt-white-via-little-browns.html

(I wished to include my GPX track but the export that Garmin Connect gave me presents error messages on this site, I have a full KML/GPX available at the link on my blog)

But for those who can't click through I'll include here 5 of the most pertinent photos especially for those looking to navigate the June/July 2019 snow conditions on Antero and White:

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This photo is from about 11,800 as you move just above treeline. This is your first encounter with snow on the trail (as of the end of June). The initial snow is relatively flat and if firm enough easily crossed without trouble. Just above center in photo is the first snow on a slope. That is around 12,000 feet. I used an axe to protect early in the morning. I would say that was helpful, though not absolutely necessary.

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This is from the middle of the snow climb at around 12,000 feet. Perhaps a 30 degree angle slope (my guess).


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This photo is a look at the upper portions of Antero as seen from White's summit. Those coming up Baldwin Gulch will enter frame at the very left center of the photo and immediately encounter the snow on the jeep road switchback. Those coming up from Little Brown's could cut that switchback and avoid the first bit of snow. If you see the very faint line angling up towards the horizontal jeep road in center view that was my line taken to leave Little Brown's and ascend to Antero. It was very steep and loose. In my trip report I talk about this further but I would recommend against that line. Next time I would head further up the valley where the snow comes in left of center view and make my line towards Antero there, with or without snow.


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The summit area of Antero. The snowfields ahead were steep with long runouts but avoidable in the rocks above. I would say its all class 2, maybe 2+ while avoiding the snow.


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The upper stretches of Mt. White seen from the meadows between Antero and White. The snow really doesn't pose any threat at all. If you stick entirely to the jeep road you'll encounter snow but at low angles and the only problem might be a small bit of postholing and wet socks.

Hope the photos and the full trip report offer help to anyone looking for it. I loved the Little Brown's Creek route on Antero and would absolutely do it again if I were able to return to Antero.

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