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markhyamsStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1995


Tons of snow this year, so the couloir was still full of it even at this late date. I drove my 1976 Volvo 244 up to the parking lot at 10,700 feet. Not sure how I did that.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:20 am

ChuckOSolo'ing Sneffels  Sucess!


Climbed standard LavenderCol route; coiloir mostly filled with mushy/slippery snow; view over the top end of coiloir is much impressive.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 11:28 pm

peerzatsnake couloir
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2005


actually descended the snake couloir. climbed the couloir around the ridge to the west of the snake. this couloir is located on the opposite side of the ridge that is to the southeast of blue lakes basin and southwest of the blaine basin. this route may be the north face couloir. the change of plans came when we saw the mammoth cornice with long icicles hanging off of it making it look like the jaws of death at the dogleg in the snake couloir (see my photo on the sneffels page). This change of plans may have been safer but resulted in a much longer approach. Due to the longer approach, we ended up above the cornice at 2pm rather than the more ideal 10am. don't ask me where the four hours went. We rapped off the cornice (40ft) in hopes of gaining the summit. Once we were in the snow below the monster cornice, conditions were poor, the snow was wet and deep, the sun was glaring down at us from above, postholing 2feet deep per step with just a few hundred feet to go...we felt saving Sneffel's for next year was a good plan and we headed off to the annual toe-tappin', foot stompin' Bluegrass Festival. We'll be back.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 5:09 am

rkymtnRoute Climbed: Lavender Col a.k.a. South Slopes Date Climbed: July 1, 2004  Sucess!


This climb was during my honeymoon. Crampons would have been nice for the couloir ascent in the morning, as the snow was quite consolidated and slick. However, it softened with the sun prior to our descent. The weather was great and the views were even better!
Posted Jan 8, 2006 11:29 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: Lavendar Col Date Climbed: July 8, 2005  Sucess!


This route went much quicker that I had expected. The notch out of the upper coulior was missed on the ascent, and it get's a bit tricky if you try to improvise. Truly a great scenic hike, though.
Posted Jan 5, 2006 12:51 am

CODaveRoute Climbed: Lavendor Col - Standard Route Date Climbed: September 5, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful hike through Yankee Boy Basin and awesome views from the summit. My favorite 14er so far.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 12:23 pm

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


Very beautiful on the way up with all the wildflowers! The rock is a little loose, but it is well worth the journey!
Posted Oct 21, 2005 1:49 pm

iceisniceRoute Climbed: Snake couloir Date Climbed: oct 17, '05  Sucess!


ok, climb. bit of a slog for me for just a couple hundred feet of good climbing.
Posted Oct 18, 2005 2:00 pm

iceisniceRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Aug '03  Sucess!


Great scramble. The spires on the way are pretty amazing (and yes, many of them have routes). Easy day out.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 9:35 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 9, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

What a finale after starting the day with Wetterhorn!

Posted Sep 30, 2005 9:39 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: September 24, 2005  Sucess!


My first 14er with my wife as a married couple! Somewhere around #46 overall I think ... one of my favorite Colorado adventures yet.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 1:53 pm

illegal_smileRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 08, 2005  Sucess!


Headed up from Blue Lakes, went up the south ridge, summited and waited for the rest of the group. Beautiful day! We then headed down Lavender Couloir and over to the lakes. I've gone up from Yankee Boy Basin and Blue Lakes is by far the best way to go and the Ridge is very fun!
Posted Sep 19, 2005 12:18 pm

Midlife MountaineerRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: September 15, 2005  Sucess!

Midlife Mountaineer

Absolutely PERFECT day. Awesome mountain!
Posted Sep 16, 2005 1:43 pm

JCantu1044Route Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: September 4, 2005  Sucess!


Jathan Cantu reached the summit at 11:00 am. My wife, Janna made it to 13,200' before heading back--not bad for her very first high altitude climb. I was surrounded by clouds on the summit which cleared only briefly for some distant panoramic views. The hike up the boulder couloir was cool, literally, and the scramble to the summit after "squeezing" through the V-notch was easy. The summit area was tiny, however, compared to many others. On the downclimb, the sun broke through and made for another perfect day for my 4th 14'er.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 1:21 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: Sept  Sucess!


Great route and position. With Paul Dowdy
Posted Sep 5, 2005 1:54 pm

ktimmRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 05  Sucess!


Posted Aug 24, 2005 5:27 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!


Failed once last year on this and came back for another try. Made quick time up the road and up the first gully. Lavender Col is a lot of loose dirt and scree and it's better to stay farther left if you can as there is more solid talus. The 2nd gully is easy and the V-notch is overrated as a move. We made the summit in about 3 hours.
Posted Aug 23, 2005 6:28 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2005  Sucess!


Nice hike/scramble with Chris. Easy, but fun, and extremely scenic.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 1:13 pm

jboumanRoute Climbed: Standard through Yankee Boy Date Climbed: July 22, 1990  Sucess!
First anniversary excursion for novice hikers turned out to be the one that hooked us! We hiked from just above Camp Bird Mine after taking our VW rabbit as high as we could get it. Incredible wildflowers and then the view from the top...

Went back this summer (near our 16th anniversary) and got within striking distance at the trailhead with our 6- and 9-year olds, but will have to wait a year to get them back to the top...
Posted Aug 14, 2005 9:50 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Lavender Col - Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: Aug 6 2005  Sucess!


My sons, Troy & Patrick along with Molly the mt mutt, climbed Mt Sneffels on a rainy cloudy morning. We were the first to summit unless the two before us climbed it in one hour. If they did then we were the second to summit. We were on the summit alone which is unusal for Sneffels. We could not get a view of anything but clouds. The scree was bothersome but what's new. I'm sure glad they did all those improvements on the trail. This is Molly's second and my third time. Pat's & Troy's first. No register on the summit.
Posted Aug 9, 2005 2:59 am

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