Recent warm weather has made for great autumn climbing conditions, but don't be lulled into thinking that this could be a long trend. Ice and snow is still lingering in shaded areas above 10,000 feet. Cold mornings and shorter days have not allowed for melting in these areas and any new storms will most likely compound existing winter conditions. This is not a good time of year to attempt long climbs for the first time. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather patterns.