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DaveCRoute Climbed: yankee boy Date Climbed: aug 02  Sucess!


jeeped over from telluride, great vacay, nice climb above the lavendar couloir. snowy, threatening weather, so didn't get to enjoy this awesome summit for long. another time.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:27 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


We hiked up the Dallas Creek valley and up to Blue Lakes, and holy hell, it's beautiful up there. The ridge to the summit was pretty fun. A little scrambling and exposure here and there, but all in all, a very nice climb.
Posted May 12, 2004 2:46 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: SW ridge Date Climbed: July 8, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

The SW ridge is a wonderful route. Quick, enjoyable, pretty solid rock all describe this route. I think I was up top in 1.5 hours. the views from the top are some of the best in the state. A 360 panorama is hanging in my room! Check out Teakettle while you're up there. Pretty good view of the handle.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 5:17 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: August 18, 2001  Sucess!


Even though Longs had kicked our ass the week before, Erin and I officially had the 14er bug. We wanted to try out the San Juans, and Uncompahgre Peak seemed like a good place to start. However, when we saw Sneffels from the Montrose area, we were entranced. We change plans and climbed Sneffels instead. Erin was just coming down with a cold, so I'm glad that Sneffels isn't too strenuous of a day. We started lower than most, in order to gain >3000' on the day, and we had a tough time on the scree. We liked the col and the crux above it, though, and had a good time with the summit marmots. And, oh, the views! I must get back to the Sneffels Range this year.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:48 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: 1 Sep 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful clear day - 5.5 hrs round trip - the best route I've ever done in the mountains!! - 1st CO 14er
Posted Feb 16, 2004 12:56 pm

Scott M.Route Climbed: Lavender Col Date Climbed: July 3, 2000  Sucess!

Scott M.

A great trip up with a bunch of folks all winding down the training for the Hardrock 100 four days later.
Posted Feb 16, 2004 10:38 am

eckdoerryRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: multiple  Sucess!


I've climbed this several times, always by the standard route. It's not super-exciting, but is a great workout --- and the surrounding Yankee Boy Basin is very scenic. Makes you want to bust out with the theme from Sounds of Music or something...

The first time I did it, I mtn biked from Ouray up to 12k in Yankee boy, then cruised up. The end was sketchy, with a loose scrabbly couloir. The second time up I figured out I'd done the WRONG ending. Be patient: don't take the FIRST chimney you see, go all the way to the saddle and take the scond chimney. Much mellower...
Posted Nov 28, 2003 11:52 am

jomalRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: July 03  Sucess!


Camped around 12,000 the night before in Yankee Boy, wish I had had more time to explore that area...

Encountered a mountain lion on our hike up to 12,000 (around 10 at night) which scared the crap out of me and my two friends.

My first fourteener, and it was absolutely beautiful!

I'm hooked!
Posted Nov 21, 2003 2:27 am

big_gRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2003


Wow what a blast! Not only was the route fun but I was treated to full frontal nudity by a group of college coeds on a freshman orientation hike/climb. Climbing just got a whole lot more fun. Nobody will ever believe me because of their no cameras rule, but I swear it happened.
Posted Sep 29, 2003 3:45 pm

msnelsonRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!
We started out at 8:30am. It was a beautiful day. We thought that some of it (the scree fields) were harder than a class 2. Trekking poles would have been good for the descent. All in all, it was worth it--fantastic views!!
Posted Sep 14, 2003 6:10 pm

ScottRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 3 2001  Sucess!


Crowded on a holiday weekend. Very easy peak. Nice view.
Posted Aug 21, 2003 12:31 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: South Slopes/Lavender Col Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!


Intended to do the SW ridge but my wife didn't feel well. I left her and did the standard South Slope, WHAT A MISTAKE. I'm not sure were Gerry Roach gets his Classic rating for this route. I agree with Dafreshman, stay with the SW ridge and avoid the choss pile.

Made the summit for sunrise over the San Juans and soon forgot about the scree, what a treat. Fast climb from the restroom in Lower Yankee Boy Basin.
Posted Jul 17, 2003 5:12 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Yankee Boy Basin Date Climbed: July 11  Sucess!
Man what a treat - this was my 5th climb in the last week. Drove all the way to end of road. From there the summit was only 1.5 hours. I was back in town for breaksfast. What a treat !!!
Posted Jul 14, 2003 7:47 pm

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: SW Ridge (3rd class route) Date Climbed: 5 July, 2003  Sucess!
What a phenomenal climb! Route finding problems are somewhat interesting, but not nearly as complicated as many of the other 3rd/4th class routes in Colorado. Some rotten rock is found leading up to the prominent notch in the ridge, but above the notch the rock is suprisingly very solid. Final stretch to the summit finds some exciting exposure on a neat ridgeline that narrows to as little as 12 inches in places. Don't let the class 3 rating scare you off of this route - the standard route is one big long choss pile and no where NEAR as fun (IMHO) as this ridge. DO THIS ROUTE!
Posted Jul 7, 2003 8:11 am

nickdRoute Climbed: lavender col Date Climbed: 6-12-03  Sucess!


climbed sneffels standard route 6-12-03. road dry to 11,400', south basin mostly melted out. east gully in good shape. the pic below shows the east gully (upper part of standard route). this shows the south basin, and this one is a cool view from sneffels toward the telluride area.

by way of crowds - there was no one else in the basin, and no-one but my party of two on the mountain that particular thursday.
Posted Jun 15, 2003 9:35 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: Standard Route/Lavender Col Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Summited in quarter-size snow with my wife and 14 yr old son. Too many 4WDs and other vehicles in Yankee Boy basin though. Otherwise......good fun!
Posted Jun 5, 2003 8:16 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: 27 August, 2000  Sucess!


Having turned back the previous day due to threatening thunderclouds (some naïve guy from Holland had kept going without any worries), I got an alpine start to give me a better probability of escaping bad weather, leaving my car in the dark at 5.22. I parked well below the standard 2WD parking lot at 5.5 mi past the turnoff from highway 550, where my map-deciphering placed me a good, solid 4,000 ft below the summit. Hiking through the sunrise, I was amazed by the beauty of Yankee Boy Basin and the enormity of the peaks of the area- I didn't know which mountain was the right one until I was on its lower slopes! Hiking on a weak and sore ankle, I still almost caught up to the 'Swank bro's (one of the guys had done 34 14ers, the other 30),' whom I'd first spotted at the saddle, on the class 3/4 ridge variation taken (fun climbing!). Summited at 9.15, hanging out to talk to the other guys on top and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, before leaving @ 9.35 (clouds already starting to build). Took the standard scree slog route down, reaching the car @ 12.35.
Posted Mar 21, 2003 12:06 pm

dsnellRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: June 1995, July 1996  Sucess!


Climbed with James Harrison in 1995 and Chris Snell in 1996, both times up the South Ridge. The South Ridge is an excellent choice and much more interesting than the standard route up Scree Col. Although the route at times looks impassible, one should never encounter climbing harder than hard 3rd class with proper route finding. Highly recommended.

I attempted the Snake Couloir in September of 1993, but we turned back just below the turn. Lightning was striking nearby peaks causing massive rockfall. We got the heck out of there.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 3:22 pm

markmayRoute Climbed: South Ridge & 4th Class Col Date Climbed: June 10 2002  Sucess!


Great Hike! I want to come back for the North lakes route.
Posted Dec 8, 2002 9:27 am

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Class 3 Route Date Climbed: July 29, 2002  Sucess!


I had the pleasure of climbing this mountain this summer after hearing so much about it for a long time. We took the Class 3 route which was incredibly invigorating and spectacular. The view of the Blue Lakes from the Class 3 route was great. Weather conditions were very nice as we were able to take our time and enjoy the incredible view from the summit. One of, if not the best view from a 14er. I would definitely climb this mountain many more times. We descended the standard route. It was fun climbing this mountain with someone who had only climbed one other 14er (Sherman). The look on his face was priceless.
Posted Nov 19, 2002 4:20 pm

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