My father and I are potentially looking into hiking Pikes Peak.
We are from Florida and are planning on taking a bit of time to do it, we want to camp a couple nights. Possibly up and down.
Is it plausible for people not used to the altitude to do the hike in two days, taking our time? then turning around and going back down ?
I want to go in the beginning of May to get a feel for the cold conditions and snow but not get completely iced in. I have a mountain hardware lightpath 2 3 season tent, and northface down jacket and fleeces.
Will we need real heavy jackets with hoods like ski wear? or will normal layering work?
will we need any crampons or ice climbing gear?
we wanted a challenging hike with great views and a taste of what its like to hike in winterlike conditions, without all the mountaineering skills which we obviously dont have in Fla.