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RatballsRoute Climbed: from Avalanche Gulch trailhead via East Ridge Date Climbed: May, 2002  Sucess!

Ratballs

Climbed this as an overnight, with my roomie. We camped on the nub atop the east ridge, at about 12,000 feet. Pitched a tent but didn't use it. We should have, as I was woken in the middle of the night by a pika gnawing on the side of my Thermarest. Bloody rodents: not only did it ruin that night's sleep, but it took me a month to find and patch all the holes.
Posted Feb 22, 2005 4:48 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South Slopes from Denny Gulch Date Climbed: June 28, 1986  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

As I remember, it was a beautiful early summer day and once we left the timberline the trail faded out, but we continued up the steep tundra to the saddle south of the summit and then made our way to the top. On the descent we didn't locate the start of the trail at timberline, but found it thru the trees down near the brook where we had left it.
Posted Feb 3, 2005 12:38 pm

wwellsRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!

wwells

Weather conditions deteriorated rapidly once I got onto Yale's steep southwest shoulder. The wind and sleet were challenging, as was the short scramble to the summit. Great views of Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton from the top once the clouds cleared.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 1:17 am

RichratRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Trail Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Richrat

I don't remember much about this mountain other than gaining a lot of elevation in a short amount of time. The view was unbelievable.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:39 pm

s_tuning@msn.comRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes (Standard) Date Climbed: 10/19/04  Sucess!

s_tuning@msn.com

Beautiful day. Broke the rules and started at noon. Summitted at 1500. Very cold and windy, but snow was scarce and the trail was in great shape. Defintely no snow gear required yet.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 12:53 am

mr_gRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes / Ridge Date Climbed: April 22, 2000  Sucess!

mr_g

This was my second attempt - my first one got bogged down by too much snow. This time, we started out at 4am to ensure we made the summit. Good thing - the weather moved in around 9am and we heard and saw lightning and thunder, which caused us to rush back down from the summit. It then snowed on us all of the way back to the trailhead. It took us 8 hours round trip, and we were extremely spent when we made it back to the car. A long 7 miles!

Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:00 am

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 11, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My 8th Fourteener. Great view but crowded summit. Also climbed 'Mascot Peak' where there was plenty of solitude.
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:39 pm

belexesRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!

belexes

I left Denver at about 4 AM and arrived at the trailhead at about 7:30. It was quite chilly at the trailhead, but it warmed up nicely once the sun came over the ridge. We had glorious weather: almost perfectly clear all day, with very little wind. Someone in a small plane buzzed the summit a few times. The aspens are just starting to turn up there.
Posted Sep 7, 2004 12:05 pm

KChikerRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: July 25th 2003  Sucess!

KChiker

Drove into the campsite from Kansas at 2am the night before. Trailhead by 8am the next morning. Good scramble near the summit. My first 14er.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 4:28 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!

Chris

Nice hike, good scenic route. East Ridge has some pretty loose sections up to point 13,420 so tread carefully to avoid scaring the fragile areas.



The newly rerouted section of Colorado Trail from Silver Creek TH to the beaver ponds at around 11,100' or so has to be the longest stretch of trail w/o a swichback I've hiked... it seemed to go on and on and on (although it's an excellent trail).
Posted Aug 23, 2004 12:08 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes from Denny Creek TH Date Climbed: July 28, 2004  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

Left Colorado Springs at 3AM and got on the trail right at 6AM. Very nice day and great scenery. A bit of scrambling over and around a butress on the summit ridge made me be extremely cautious as I somehow lost the cairns and was just beelining it for the summit. On the summit I met two very nice Air Force Academy cadets and we hiked down to the trailhead together. We parted ways at the trailhead and then I finished up with some well deserved post climb "rehydration" at Coyote Cantina.
Posted Aug 7, 2004 12:10 am

Ed FRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

A pretty easy hike and ridge scramble. Nice view from the top.

Posted Aug 2, 2004 8:25 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 1, 1984  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

Climbed with Aaron Johnson, and some friends (not now remembered by name), in what has turned out to be one of the most memorable mountaineering days of my life. Check out the trip report--it's all there.
Posted Jul 27, 2004 6:11 pm

mtnhappyRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: July 24, 2004  Sucess!

mtnhappy

Beautiful hike, lots of wildflowers and not that cold. Camped alongside the road the night before because the Collegiate Peaks Campground was full around 11pm when we arrived (oops). The 6 of us got a late start at 6:45am and summated at 10:40am. Back at the TH at 1:30pm. It started raining & sleeting about a half hour before we got down. That first 1.25 mi went quickly, but the last 2 miles were rather long and slow. The last 500 feet in elevation of boulders was very adventurous. A great workout for an out-of-shape body!
Posted Jul 26, 2004 2:30 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

Kara and I had a great time with our Samoyeds Yukon and Denali on their first 14er!! The dogs did awesome on the ridge and seemed like they were trying to prove that they were part mountain goat. We were back to the TH by 1:15 for a round trip time of just under 7 hours!
Posted Jul 25, 2004 8:30 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: East Ridge from Silver Creek TH Date Climbed: 15 July 2004  Sucess!

mpbro

Nice, but strenuous hike up a beautiful, fairly airy ridge. Loose, ugly use trails fastidiously avoid every interesting obstacle along the ridge to keep the route class 2. If you like scrambling on solid rock, though, I recommend staying up on the ridge as much as possible. We downclimbed the ridge directly, and every major obstacle had a class 3 path.



Summit views were OK, but not as interesting as in the San Juans. The alpine wildflowers were fantastic between 12,500 and 13,500 feet, however.



Up in 3h40m, down in 2h45m, including some dawdling on both legs. Trail portion is fast; ridge is more tedious and slower. Started raining 5 minutes after we drove off.
Posted Jul 16, 2004 12:40 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Denny Gulch Date Climbed: 07/08/04  Sucess!

Speedy

Camped in the night before, BIG swarms of mosquitoes! Don't forget the bug spray!! Had an enjoyable hike the next day. The trail is a little loose in spots; could probably use some work. There were some spots where the trail was really wide from people trying to go up the grass on the side to avoid the loose dirt. We met some nice people with a dog that we ended up doing most of the hike with. The flowers were pretty and we had nice views of other nearby 14ers.
Posted Jul 16, 2004 12:01 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: 7/8/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

Packed in about 50 minutes the day before. That got us to about 10,700' and just above the wood sign for the turn to Yale. Started early the next morning and followed a nice trail. From about 11,500' to 12,500' the trail was very loose at times. CFI will need to do something about this or else this route up Yale will be closed in a few years also. The final push to the ridge was a little steeper, but for the most part was on a good trail. From the ridge to the summit was a little different than I had thought. As it turned out, we boulder hopped from the saddle to just below the summit. No exposure and was a nice change of pace. Then the final 50' to the summit was an easy walk. I had thought that the boulder climbing was just below the summit and you had to pull yourself up. Not the case and all and all a great day.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:13 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: southwest slopes, Denny Creek trailhead Date Climbed: October 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

Second time to summit, same route both times. First time was 14 years earlier. Nice weather. Lovely fall hike.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:19 am

mountainmotaRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!

mountainmota

Nice easy 14er!
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:23 pm

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