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racerextremeRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!


The day started out with a steady drizzle but finally let up around 9am. The Lavender Col route was a bit muddy so we stayed to the side on the rocks as much as possible. There are spots of snow in convienent places for an occasional snowball....

It was a great climb, the clouds even lifted every now and then to let us see the surrounding area.

One problem though.....There was no summit log. We searched around for it and no luck. Lots of pens had fallen under the summit cairn, but no log.

If you climb this route, watch out for excessive erosion on the way up to the saddle. Try to stay on the bigger rocks and not slide down the fine stuff.
Posted Aug 6, 2005 11:51 pm

toddroRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: August 2, 2005  Sucess!
great climb, great conditions although we were hit by rain and sleet on the descent. the view from the top is amazing!!!
Posted Aug 6, 2005 3:26 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Lavender Col (Standard Route) Date Climbed: June, 5 2005  Sucess!


39th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:04 pm

s_tuning@msn.comRoute Climbed: Snake Couloir Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!


Second ascent of Sneffels, but the first by this route. This was one of the best 14er routes I've ever done. Snow was perfect and the weather cooperated until I was off the summit. Great Route!
Posted Jun 25, 2005 5:49 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: June 17, 2005  Sucess!

Ed F

Skied from just above Lavender Col. Nice day.

Trip Report: Skiing Sneffels
Posted Jun 20, 2005 8:49 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: June 11, 2005  Sucess!


This is probably my favorite 14'er climb to date other than Crestone Peak. Tremendous views with an incredible amount of snow persisting in June. With stable snow, this is a great late spring climb. See my trip report.
Posted Jun 13, 2005 9:56 am

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy basin Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!
One of my favorite Colorado climbs!! Looking down to

Yankee Boy basin and the surrounding peaks was

an incredible summit experience!! Don't miss this one!!
Posted Apr 4, 2005 11:10 pm

kylerlottRoute Climbed: Lavender Col (Standard Route) Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful Hike. Clouds enclosed us the whole way to the top, then pow! The clouds opened up, and you could see for miles. The lakes down below were crystal blue, it was amazing. On the way down it started to rain, then lighting. The drive back to the campground we saw water ripping through side canyons, you definately don't want to be on that road up through yankee boy basin through a really bad rain storm or you might get washed way down into the river. Although that water was eye catching to watch explode through those canyons.
Posted Mar 15, 2005 9:40 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin, south slopes Date Climbed: September 1993  Sucess!

Larry V

Beautiful mountain, beautiful day.
Posted Jan 24, 2005 10:07 pm

craghagRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2004  Sucess!


Spectacular vistas and a fun scramble! We saw some deer and lots of two legged creatures!
Posted Dec 12, 2004 12:24 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: September 12, 2004  Sucess!


Had a mini suv with little clearance so, we parked at the parking area below the TH. A thunder storm quickly came in, but literally lasted only 5 minutes, and we had clear weather the remainder of the hike. Once on the summit, we saw 2 other storms in the distance so, we took a few quick snapshots and immediately headed down. Gorgeous mountain, gorgeous hike, wish we could have remained on the summit longer....
Posted Oct 13, 2004 7:23 pm

thebeave7Route Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: July 30th, 2004  Sucess!


A very quick climb from the TH, with minimal exposure. And for those seeking more fun, don't go up the SE col, climb the ridgeline next to it for Class 3 fun. Wish I had a 4x4, so I wouldn't have had to hike from the Camp Bird Mine.

Eric J Lee
Posted Sep 10, 2004 3:18 am

WildmanDallasRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: August 3. 2004  Sucess!


5th time up; I never tire of this mountain.
Posted Sep 6, 2004 3:53 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Lavender Col - Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: August 31, 2004  Sucess!


Molly the mountain mutt and I left the trailhead (12,000 ft) at about 7 am. Reached Lavender Col about 8:30 and the summit about 10:30. I know, I'm slow but I had to help molly. She can go up places she can't go down. She did quiet well until we got to the excape notch in the couloir. I needed to boost her through. We spent about 20 minutes on top taking pictures, drinking water, eating trail mix, signing the register etc. This is one of the best view summits around. Getting down was easy after getting to the coulier but I had to help Molly 5 times to get there. The new and improved trail half way up the scree to the Col is great. Got back to the TH about noon.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 7:19 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge, Couloir from Yankee Boy Date Climbed: '80's, '90's, 00's  Sucess!


Easy to see why this is mountain is on most people's top ten list. It has everything for climbing, from scrambling to the technical-only north face. And it's a nice mountain to look at. And has a nice view on top. And (unless you're doing the north face) you have to go through Yankee Boy flowers to start.

I've done the mountain several times, with Aaron and Ellen, and--good for him!--my brother Chet's only fourteener; and other people I don't remember at the moment.

Something about Sneffels gives it an immediacy and personality staying with you even after you're long off, and doing other things. Right on, I say!

Posted Aug 11, 2004 12:31 am

dspalRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin to Lavender Col Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Lots of scree, scrambling, loose rock, and exposure, grueling up and down, fantastic views all around, great, great, hike....
Posted Aug 1, 2004 5:59 pm

GarethRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: July 26, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed this one with my sister. We were the first to summit this particular day; had the summit all to ourselves. What a beautiful mountain!
Posted Aug 1, 2004 7:37 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: June 22, 2004  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Great hike!
Posted Jul 22, 2004 3:52 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: Ascended SW Ridge, descended Lavender Col Date Climbed: 20 July 2004  Sucess!


Nice climb, especially the last 500 feet. Route-finding crux is definitely before the notch. Traverse into the notch from the east, not the west! Unless you like unusually rotten gullies (almost crushed by a one-ton boulder that slid when I leaned on it) or free-soloing loose 4th/5th class rock, that is.

Only sustained 3rd class climbing is in the gully above the notch. I'd question the existence of any 3rd class on the exposed upper part of the ridge. Especially if you ascend the use trail east of the ridge proper.

Otherwise, this is a classic and highly recommended summit. Awesome views, and no solitude! Shared the summit with ten others and saw perhaps a hundred others in Yankee Boy Basin.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 11:34 pm

Joseph BulloughRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 10, 2004  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

My first 14'er. Some fun scrambling but also much loose crappy rock. Started early to avoid crowds and was rewarded with about 5 minutes of solitude on the summit before a steady stream of hikers began to arrive. Outstanding summit views.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 10:36 am

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