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ScottYale  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008


May 30 2015

The night before. Kessler and I drove down to a campsite to climb Mount Yale with some 14ers.com members. Since I had already done the east ridge, we opted for the standard route.

Since we arrived late the night before, Kessler didn't want to get up at four, so we didn't hit the trailhead until almost 6 am. We hurried up the mountain and finally caught some of the other group near the summit ridge. Some were on the summit. The snow conditions were really nice on the climb to the summit and we we took a nice break on top. It was a beautiful climb and the last part was a bit rugged.

After climbing the peak, we headed back down and did some really nice glissades. Kessler and I glissaded all the way down to and directly to Delaney Creek, but that was a big mistake as the snow got extremely soft even with snowshoes and going down Delaney Creek was extremely tedious. We had to wade the creek as well. After much trial, we finally made it to the trail which we followed back to the trailhead. There was a bit of postholing until we were below 10,500 feet or so.

To sum it up, the climb up was great, the upper third of the descent was really great, the middle third of the descent was miserable, and the last third of the descent was OK.

March 8 2008

Five of us (Dan, Brandy, Austin, Pete and myself) met at the Avalanche Gulch trailhead and we began hiking at 1:30 pm. One person (Pete) turned back earlier, but the rest of us continued to 11,860 feet before camping (we also met Clint there who left earlier than the rest of us).

After a mild (9 degrees F) and rather windy night, we got a late start at 8:30 am. Five of us climbed to the summit of Yale via the East Ridge and were met by two others whom had started earlier that day. The ridge was rather long and tedious in winter and we didn’t get any views from the top because it was snowing, but after the morning it was eerily calm without hardly any wind.

It was a pretty good climb, but Yale is definitely a rather tedious choss pile. On the way down Austin and I decided to push a more direct route down part of the lower section of trail, but that was a mistake.
Posted Jun 17, 2015 4:48 pm

chicagotransplantWinter Solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2015


Taking advantage of the recent warm dry spell to sneak a winter ascent of Yale in before the pattern changes. Well packed out trail to near treeline, short steep section below treeline with some postholing, then patchy snow to the mostly dry ridge. Some loaded slopes on the north require taking the ridge direct.
Posted Feb 14, 2015 6:45 pm

dino61111Close call with lightning  Sucess!


With my parents, climbed the peak in the normal way from the Denny Creek trail head. A fairly short, but steep hike up this trail. The real excitement came when a thunderstorm hidden to the north became painfully obvious when reaching the summit. We ran off the summit; a couple of near misses nearly took us all out, but we made it.
Posted Jan 31, 2015 2:27 pm

OnagerLong with snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2014


Climbed with charlie on Saturday, starting at 4AM, summit around 12PM, back to car by 5PM. Deep snow drifts and a difficult to follow trail due to previous hikers footprints in the snow made for a long, confusing day out.
Posted Dec 10, 2014 10:06 pm

Fletchone of my first 14ers  Sucess!


With Jim. RIP buddy.
Posted Nov 6, 2014 1:13 am

triyodaEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012


Longer than I thought, but very nice hike.
Posted Oct 8, 2014 11:41 pm

Tom FralichTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2014

Tom Fralich

Went up the East Ridge and down the Southwest Slopes, which made for a really nice tour of the mountain.
Posted Aug 26, 2014 12:02 am

eferesenYale  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014


Made it to the top
Posted Aug 6, 2014 6:48 pm

nswardFresh Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2014


We camped at the fork, and so were the first ones on the mountain. Fresh snow had fallen, so we blazed the trail up the last 1000 ft. Snowshoes were extremely helpful.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:21 pm

wbassYale SW Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014


Typical Sawatch Peak, but with a pleasurable top out and spectacular weather for being among the giants.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 10:13 am

ajberryUp E Ridge, Down Denny Ck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013


The E ridge was a nice walk (and uncluttered with people). My hopes re getting a lift down the Cottonwood Pass rd from the Denny Ck TH back to my car at the Avalanche Gulch TH were largely forlorn. Finally got a ride when I was about half a mile from Avalanche Gulch. I didn't realize how close I was, and felt bad for stopping the guy....
Posted Jul 13, 2014 9:18 am

yadahzoemtnFrom Denny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014


Beautiful day in the mountains with Greg and Colette. Loved this mountain but don't leave anything unattended when you begin the scramble. The marmots take whatever is available.
Posted Jul 4, 2014 11:25 am

BradBartickGood hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014


With Michelle. High winds.
Posted Jun 18, 2014 11:44 am

millhaemFrom Denny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013


Kicked off the day before, made it to the top with Cody and Kristen
Posted May 23, 2014 9:00 pm

CambotSouthwest slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013


With a great group of people! Used the microspikes, hardly anyone else on the trail. Windy up top.
Posted Nov 20, 2013 6:58 pm

MadGrad96Yale  Sucess!


Standard route
Posted Nov 1, 2013 10:36 pm

DanielLStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010


Climbed standard route - fun, short hike with great views of Buena Vista.
Posted Oct 5, 2013 3:28 pm

MikeyBEast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013


Good route with no one on it! Beautiful fall day with some light breezy winds
Posted Oct 2, 2013 11:39 pm

cdevenney84Standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013


the last scramble up the ridge makes for some great pictures if you're on the summit looking down at your friends coming upwards.
Posted Aug 12, 2013 12:16 am

chicagotransplantEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013


East Ridge, second ascent of Yale. Only a handful of people on this route and not to many people on the summit, the benefits of starting early and doing a less popular route :)
Posted Aug 4, 2013 8:04 pm

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