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Old 05-17-2016, 08:50 PM
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Default Advice for a 14'er in july

Looking for advice/guidence towards hiking our first 14'er this year. Apart from the training and conditioning what would ya'll recommend?

I have a friend that wants to go with in july 8-10 time frame but thinking all the snow may not be gone. We will be mountain biking Trestle in Winter park around that time too.
Is it too early to attempt a summit?
Are there any peaks good for a first timer in this area?
If not would peaks should i look into?

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http://www.14ers.com/

This might help.
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:40 PM
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:06 PM
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Bierstate (spelling?) is a great first one. Don't do the Evans combo for the first outing.
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There may still be snow fields in certain sections of trails, but they will be packed down with clear paths by then. Grays, Torrey's, Bierstadt, Sherman, Quandary are all good first 14ers to give you a feel of the elevation. Not too far from Denver, plenty of people around to help if needed, as you get more under your belt you will seek out less popular/crowded hikes.

Just respect the mountain and the weather, never let anyone say, oh that's an easy 14er. Disrespect leads to bad judgment which can lead to mountaineering disasters. A bunch of people got killed by lightning on Yale last year, and some might have said, "oh it's a snoozer sawatch peak." Not so.

FWIW I'll be hiking Bierstadt July 3. I will continue on to the sawtooth towards Mt Evans, however.
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:32 AM
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Appreciate the advice and am fully aware of respecting mother nature at such a high elevation. What about a peak that would be fairly easy to access while doing some remote camping in the cruiser?
Really looking for the best of everything peak to climb. Doesnt matter about being close to denver as im in the springs but we can drive anywhere.
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:05 AM
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Huron was one of my all-time favorites. A little bit of light wheeling to get to the trailhead and you can camp right near the start. Mid to late July should be great. It's a long hike to break treeline, but worth it once you get there. Tons of wildflowers.

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"What about a peak that would be fairly easy to access while doing some remote camping in the cruiser?"

Mt. Antero was a favorite of mine back in the day for 'combo' action like you're talking about you could wheel up and camp at the lake makes a pretty easy summit after that

but not sure if that trail is still open or not
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I did Antero 2 years ago - much fun, good 'wheeling, fairly easy hike to the top of the 14er itself. Snow can be an issue, even into July. Decent camping along the access road in. Stock 80 series made it easily to the top.
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You can also access the backsides of tabeguache and Shavano from that mt Antero road. You camp by an alpine lake. Browns lake maybe? I've been wanting to try this
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