During the Martin Luther King weekend, I went on a solo backpacking trip up the side of Mt. Lincoln. The weather was not good during the whole trip and most of the time, I was in white-out conditions. Since the weather was poor, I just went on a couple of snow-shoe hikes and enjoyed the snow. I drove to Hoosier Pass (South of Breckenridge) and from there, hiked across the mountain to a place where I could set up my tent. I got a late start, so I was hiking until after dark. I found a place that was somewhat sheltered by trees at 11,800 feet (using the topo map). I had to dig a level spot in order to pitch the tent, but using the snow shovel, it didn't take long.
The winds really kicked up both nights, but fortunately due to the pit I dug, and the low-profile tent I use (NorthFace Mountain 24), the tent remained on the mountain. It snowed all weekend, with only about a 4 hour break one of the days. The view was beautiful during the break. I was situated about 600-800 feet above Montgomery Reservoir and could see across to the out-skirts of Alma. I could hear (and feel) charges going off to set off avalanches in the nearby mountains. I was in an area that was so wind-blown that there really wasn't enough snow depth to make avalanches a legitimate concern, but the charges definitely got my attention. I could feel the mountain shake below me.
When I returned to my truck, which was parked at the trail head, I found that the snow plow had come by and blocked me in with a 3 1/2 foot wall of hard-packed snow, so I had to dig out. I definitely got my exercise that day.