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byatesEasier than I thought  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009

byates

Left the outhouse at 6 am on top at 8 back by 9:30.
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:10 pm

climbhighnow Lavender Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2009

climbhighnow

beautiful mountain. 25ft. of hard ass snow made the top of the exit couloir a little hairy with my big ass camera/tripod.
Posted Sep 9, 2009 7:04 pm

Rocky AlpsSouthwest Ridge / Lavender Col Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2009

Rocky Alps

I'd been looking forward to climbing another 14er after a four year hiatus, and Mount Sneffels was my first choice. It was the first big mountain my younger brothers Chris and Johnny have climbed, and they did quite well considering it was their first time scrambling as well. The rocks were a bit loose on the lower sections of the southwest ridge, but the final few hundred yards were really solid and a blast to climb on. The views from the summit were among the best I've seen. Despite not going though Blue Lakes Basin (which I've heard has some great scenery), Yankee Boy Basin was still quite nice as well. I wussed out and didn't park all the way at the top of the 4WD road, but the hike back down was still quite enjoyable. See "Long-Awaited Return to Colorado" trip report for details.
Posted Sep 8, 2009 7:03 pm

gimpilatorLavender Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

gimpilator

One of the most interesting routes on a peak I have had the pleasure to ascend. It was a little exhilarating coming down through the v-notch. See my Trip Report about doing seven 14ers in eight days.
Posted Sep 5, 2009 8:41 pm

strudolyubovSouthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

strudolyubov

Summited Mount Sneffels (second summit since 2001) via Southwest Ridge route starting from the lower Yankee Boy TH. Returned the same way. Fun scramble, great views!
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:09 pm

PhenomenalWomanFirst 14er!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009

PhenomenalWoman

My second official peak during my Colorado journey. An ill-equipped climber managed to get his rental car stuck on the road between the lower and upper trail heads at Yankee Boy Basin, so we added an extra 4 miles roundtrip to our day. Approach was relatively easy, however ascent was somewhat difficult on the loose dirt and rock. Choose to climb boulders on the way up. Reached the summit as snow started to fall, leaving the top empty for us to enjoy. Very nice experience, and great memories of my first 14er. :)
Posted Aug 22, 2009 10:02 pm

EleutherosVia Yankee Boy & Lav Col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009

Eleutheros

An unsuspecting Ford Edge lay pierced by a subversive boulder, blocking access to the upper trailhead.

It snowed for a short time on the summit, sending other adventurers sliding down the scree of Sneffels' rusty, rotten slopes. We remained on top as the weather cleared to allow breathtaking views of jagged peaks, deep basins, the Teakettle, Dallas, the Blue Lakes, Ridgway and beyond. I would like to climb this again in winter!
Posted Aug 20, 2009 2:14 am

TiogaBradfordFloored by the Beauty!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2009

TiogaBradford

Maybe the most beautiful hike of the seven 14ers I've climbed. Yankee Boy Basin is truly spectacular! We took the Standard Route, but once we got to the snow gully, we had to climb up the rock ridge on the left due to frozen-over, slick snow (we had no crampons). The same snow gully was thawed out and slushy on the way down. Couldn't have asked for better weather and better company! (my two brothers and a great friend).
Posted Aug 2, 2009 12:18 am

pyergerthe snake  Sucess!

pyerger

The snake!! A little late in the season.
Posted Jul 31, 2009 3:13 pm

brucegStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1989

bruceg

Great climb.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 9:03 pm

dakotaconcreteRedemption via Blue Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2009

dakotaconcrete

Great success, summitted solo from Blue Lakes Trailhead and linked up with the standard route! Awesome scenary and spectacular summit views! Some snow still remained in the Lavender so I utilized the adjacent western ridgeline.

I am so thrilled to have finally summitted this fantastic mountain I've gazed at, on 'many a trips' heading southbound from Montrose!
Posted Jul 29, 2009 9:25 pm

Brad SniderSouthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

Brad Snider

Route was nothing special, but San Juan scenery and wildflowers made the trip worthwhile.
Posted Jul 25, 2009 5:23 pm

TahawusMount Sneffels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2009

Tahawus

Climbed via the South Slopes from Yankee Boy Basin. A beautiful hike through the basin to Sneffels' talus-strewn slopes. Once at the col the climb became more difficult. In order to avoid the snow, we took the alternative cairned route to the summit. After hearing a clap of thunder in the distance during our short respite on the summt we quickly made our way back to the trailhead at the bottom of Yankee Boy Basin.
Posted Jul 25, 2009 5:17 pm

ericwillhiteVery cool  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009

ericwillhite

Nice to do my first Colorado peak that is a bit challenging. Pictures and route map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/colorado_climbing/14ers/mount_sneffels_176.htm
Posted Jul 24, 2009 3:05 am

captainbuudagreat fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

captainbuuda

Amazing place. Surprised that no one else was on the south ridge route. Always great to be alone with God on top though. Great experience.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 2:26 pm

myroneVia Yankee Boy Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2009

myrone

Signed-in at 7:08AM where I met Ben & Ed we all climbed together and reached the summit at 8:58. Spectacular views all around and ideal weather. Stayed about 15 mins. then back to the registry at 11:00AM. My 1st summit of 2009 and 43rd 14'er........Sweet!
Posted Jul 15, 2009 10:39 pm

Liba KopeckovaStandard route via Yankee Boy Basin  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

Climbed the day after running Imogene Pass run. A beautiful hike with my son and dog.
About 12 summits so far up Sneffels, different routes, different times of the year.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 3:32 am

chicagotransplantSW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

chicagotransplant

Climbed SW Ridge with Prakash after earlier climbing Gilpin. Second time up this peak.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 10:59 am

tiogaStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2009

tioga

Started at the lower trailhead from the Yankee Boy Basin and ascended the 4WD trail to the upper trailhead. Then began on the Blue Lakes Trail. At the snow couloir, we had to take the route on the rocks, since the snow was too steep and slippery to climb. Summitted with my two brothers and a friend.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 8:17 am

cftbqJuly snow climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2009

cftbq

Climbed the standard SE couloir route with partner trishapajean. Started from the Governer Basin turn-off (10,770 ft.) at 5:15am and summitted just before 11 am. Upper couloir totally snow-covered. Clear and warm morning, cloudy and spitty afternoon. Exhilirating. 14er #43 for me, #41 for trishapajean.
Posted Jul 3, 2009 5:22 pm

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