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Good beginner winter alpine routes in Colorado?

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Matt Rhodin · · Denver, CO · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 85

Just looking for some recommendations for good routes that would serve as an appropriate intro for winter alpinism. Thanks for the suggestions!

JulianG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 130

Probably not the best year, it is just alpinism with a lot more rock fall. Still waiting for the winter part.

Koy · · Denver, CO · Joined Dec 2008 · Points: 55

E. Ridge on Mt. Bancroft (if winter ever comes)

Andy Nelson · · Fort Collins, Colorado · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 343

I think you should tell us a bit more. You should match your competency to the objective. What is your experience so far with ice climbing, winter backcountry travel, avalanche awareness, etc?

Max Frey · · Denver, CO · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

Dragon's Tail couloir. Not sure when a total beginner might look to send that other than in the spring though. If you do it a on weekend in May/Early June, watch these threads to get up-to-date conditions/ you'll see people on the route.

FWIW I've spent some time on cascade volcanoes, ~20 days either climbing or practicing eXtreme-walking and had zero trouble. I believe nearly anyone in good shape to hike fast uphill can handle this one -- it's about 1200 feet of moderate-steep snow. Bullet hard ice in the shade at the top which was like maybe 30-50 feet long and not steep? And that was... about it.

One step up in technicality is probably Dragon's Tooth, right next door, which I hear can/will have a bulge / step that requires some thought / care? Conditions dependent I bet but I haven't seen it for myself.

Otherwise Elbert is a great winter hike, good long day. Quandary I hear done a lot... just easy ridge-walking. SummitPost has the deets on all winter 14ers ranked by difficulty.

Wally · · Denver · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Kelso Ridge on Torreys. Kieners on Longs. Spiral Route on Notch Top.

JulianG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 130

Trump is so cool he will bring a new glacial age. He will soak so much heat he will turn a new shade of orange. Sharpen those picks really good.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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