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By Eero46
Feb 15, 2013
Hey I am reaching out the MP community to help develop a great first trip! I will in Golden from March 15-19. I would really like my days to be filled with awesome experiences. While around Golden I would like to do some bouldering in RMNP, hike a 14er (prefer a less traveled one), do another day hike, and boulder at a really beautiful spot. I am willing to drive a little to reach locations. Just staying in Golden because i can for free. Please help me with ideas!

Note I have posted this in other forums with hopes of attracting some replies.

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By Leo Paik
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From Westminster, Colorado
Feb 15, 2013
March 15-19 will be subject to the whims of weather when it comes to planning a climbing trip to CO. It could be rain, snow, sun, warm, or cold. So, weather will have a huge influence.

Easy first: 14'er, none will be heavily traveled at that time. All will have significant snow issues to consider. Avalanche issues will likely be a factor to consider. You'll probably need to have some sort of floatation (e.g. snowshoes) which you can rent at Bent Gate and ski poles (which you can rent most any ski place or maybe at Bent Gate). Almost all will start at 8-10K elevation, so they will have snow pretty close to the get go. It'll be cold for sure up top, if you get high.

Hikes: There'll be plenty of hikes in the Flatirons (some parking areas charge $5) near Boulder at lower elevation 5-8K. NCAR off Table Mesa will have free access. Shorter but nice hikes in Golden Gate Canyon SP ($7 fee/day). Rocky Mt. National Park will have good hiking with some having fees, some not. Lumpy Trailhead or McGraw Ranch or Long's Peak (will have snow) will be free.

Climbing: there'll be tons. Lots of options in the Flatirons. Tiny sport and gear routes at N. Table Mt. if it isn't particularly warm. 1-4 pitch mostly sport options in Clear Creek Canyon, often soft grades, stay on the North side (sunny). 1-4 pitch options in Boulder Canyon, often soft grades, stay on the North side (sunny). Eldorado Canyon SP has great options 1-7 pitch, mostly gear routes, $7 / day fee. South Platte has tons of granite options 1-12 pitch. Challenges in finding some areas, some with decent approaches, many with stiff grades.

There'll be way more than you can fit in during a 5 day trip or even a 3 month trip.

Have fun.

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By Eero46
Feb 15, 2013
So it looks like climbing a 14er is off the chart because I do not have experience that prepares me for climbing at that time of year.

I need some help narrowing down all my awesome choices:
1.) What would be a great hike to hike around a base of a 14er that time of year.
2.) What are some awesome bouldering locations with great scenery? My girlfriend is a photographer and would like to do some work while I boulder nearby.

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By Erik Hatlestad
Feb 20, 2013
If you are looking for some good bouldering pictures I second the Flatirons in Boulder. Excellent hike in, great bouldering, beautiful scenery. Good luck and have a great trip.

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By willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Feb 20, 2013
I was pretty bummed when they didn't greenlight my "Bourne Identity" style reboot of The Eiger Sanction. This was from the rough draft's first act.
I sent you a PM

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