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Risks of climbing a Fourteener rise in winter
A Colorado Mountain Club group takes a clothing and food break on an early-winter climb in Rocky Mountain National Park. The East Face of 14,255-foot Longs Peak looms in the background. Layering your clothing is even more important in winter, and a waterproof, breathable outer shell is a must.
A Colorado Mountain Club group practices winter-travel techniques at high altitude. Before attempting a Fourteener in winter, get the required training. An avalanche-awareness class is essential, and on many mountains, snow-travel skills also are needed.
Hiking in Fourteener in winter necessarily means snow along the route – in some places, likely deep snow, where you’ll need snowshoes or backcountry skis. Crampons or mini spikes also might be needed.

Raising the bar

A Colorado Mountain Club group takes a clothing and food break on an early-winter climb in Rocky Mountain National Park. The East Face of 14,255-foot Longs Peak looms in the background. Layering your clothing is even more important in winter, and a waterproof, breathable outer shell is a must.
A Colorado Mountain Club group practices winter-travel techniques at high altitude. Before attempting a Fourteener in winter, get the required training. An avalanche-awareness class is essential, and on many mountains, snow-travel skills also are needed.
Hiking in Fourteener in winter necessarily means snow along the route – in some places, likely deep snow, where you’ll need snowshoes or backcountry skis. Crampons or mini spikes also might be needed.
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