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swm88erLong Ago  Sucess!


I hiked Yale several years ago. I didn’t think it was hard. False summits were frustrating, as I remember
Posted Sep 19, 2006 10:03 pm

whatisisPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2006


What an awesome day. Not too hot, no snow, no wind, and the trees were changing.
Posted Sep 19, 2006 4:56 pm

awillsonCold snowy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


There was about a foot of snow at the summit left over from Fridays storm. A little slipery, but a great climb none the less. It was good to see some snow on the peaks.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 6:20 pm

bjd5578A snowy 20th 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006


After being turned back on Princeton the day before, it felt good to tackle Mt. Yale. This was a tough hike, and the snow above 12,000 feet certainly slowed us down, but it just made the top all the more beautiful! Not a bad way to end the 14er season for me, and my 20th 14er at that!
Posted Sep 14, 2006 3:36 am

roozers42Route Climbed: from Denny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


One of the most beautiful days on a 14er summit with a great partner - Sonja Lessman!
Posted Sep 11, 2006 4:27 am

rleclairEast Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


This was a return summit attempt for me as 4 weeks earlier, my attempt on the East Slopes turned into a medical emergency for my climbing partner - altitude sickness with signs of ataxia. So, 4 weeks later, my friends Pamela, Pete, and Nancy started at 7:30 AM (Labor Day) on yet another glorious Colorado blue sky day. The trip up to 11,900 and the saddle was uneventful - more of a warm-up really. Heading west of the saddle following the ridgeline went well - past 12,500' where I had to turn around earlier the previous month. The East Slopes are a Class 2/Class 3- with sometimes difficult route finding but it is not terribly difficult if one stays on or near the ridgeline. We summitted in 5 hours and after spending 30-45 minutes on the summit decided to take the standard route down as it was more time efficient. Some good souls at the trailhead drove me back to the Avalanche Gulch TH in order to retrieve my car and bring cold beer/chips/salsa to my weary friends. All in all, a great day! Yale is a fun mountain although the standard route is not my most favorite trail - do the East Slopes!
Posted Sep 7, 2006 4:02 am

bc44caesarEast Ridge (from the South)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


Thunderstormed the whole night before. Woke up at 5:30, still raining. Finally started at 7:25 and got rained on the whole way to the saddle, then snowed on on the way up to the summit. Better weather down to the saddle (still couldn't see anything though), but then rained on all the way back to the car. A couple lightning strikes very close by (you know, simultaneous flash-boom) with people still up high on the mountain! 3h20m to the summit, 5h40m RT.
Posted Aug 28, 2006 2:52 pm

Vagabond ManifestoA leg burner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2006

Vagabond Manifesto

Climbed the east ridge--fun scrambling on the crest, more rugged than I expected. Only one other party on the ridge, but LOTS of people coming up the standard route on the other side.
Posted Aug 25, 2006 6:06 am

apierceA New Favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


Climbed the West Slope from Denny Creek starting at 6 a.m. and summitted by 9:30. We were among the first to summitt that day and luckily avoided the crowds that were coming up as we descended. Great trail and a greater views on top of many surrounding 14ers. Fun scramble along the ridge if you stay on the very top.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 8:07 pm

smason505Route: denny creek ascent with denny gulch descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2000


The ascent was fairly straightforward, lots of vert but nothing bad. We decided to descend the old route down denny gulch and found a few nice surprises. The moves to get off the peak and down into the gulch are class 3+ where we dropped. Nothing too bad, but much harder than it looked from the summit. The trail through this gulch hadnt been maintained in several years (that would be another 5 years now) and we had to bushwack for 3 miles. After running out of water two miles in, the final mile out was terrible, but it dropped us right at our campsite.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 6:36 pm

cftbqWest ridge from Kroenke Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1976


This is another "catch-up" posting. Yale was my 3rd 14er. Uncertain about the exact date. Camped at Kroenke Lake, and hiked west to the Continental Divide in the morning, then south and east to the summit. It was chilly with very light snow falling. My brother bailed a few hundred feet from the top. I bushwhacked down the north slopes and got back to our camp about noon, then packed up and headed off for Harvard, while he headed down the trail and home.
Posted Aug 4, 2006 11:17 pm

seth@LOKIlong night/day in a blizzard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1993


This was the beginning of "Capacchino" climbing. We started climbing a midnight fueled by huge gzzlers of capachino. I recall hallucinating below the summit. Not too bad though. Skiing out with our backpack ready loads on skinny leather tele gear was exciting!
Posted Jul 26, 2006 8:07 pm

lindasyhDenny Creek TH, Ascend SW Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2003


How 'bout some switchbacks? (Whine, whine, whine!)
Posted Jul 24, 2006 10:21 pm

crzyjtDenny Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


A pleasant and relatively easy hike. It was actually kind of nice to not be completely beat when back to the car for a change :) 26th 14er and 11th this year.
Posted Jul 23, 2006 3:04 am

csmcgranahanSolo success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006


Started at dawn and summited in about 3 hours. What a leg burner! After having the summit to myself (on a Saturday!) for fifteen minutes I descended the east ridge and summited Mascot Peak as well - nice addition.
Posted Jul 16, 2006 12:44 am

GahugafugaFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2002


Not the easiest 1st 14er, but it was enough to get me hooked on peak bagging.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 2:51 pm

Michael HoytDenny Creek TH, Ascend SW Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2003

Michael Hoyt

The weather cooperated, but I must say whoever "engineered" the trail for this route should have taken a refresher course on switchback use. Talk about straight up the mountain? Wow!
Posted Jun 19, 2006 12:18 am

pacojgarzaYale from Denny creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2006


After a 3 hr 15 min hike I had the summit all to myself on a quiet morning before the storms. I ran most of the way down that good trail.
Posted Jun 14, 2006 5:16 am

Dan LeonhardFirst 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2001

Dan Leonhard

For my first 14er had a difficult time keeping up with my bro. The damn guy played soccer for a top ranking D-1 college and was intent on proving it on this hike. It was good to be pushed like that though. Today, I can keep up, especially when I put rocks in his pack.
Posted May 29, 2006 10:31 pm

shanrickvSouthwest Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006


Solo climb. Not a technical climb by any stretch, but for some reason my legs were more tired over the 7 miles of the Southwest slopes than they typically have been on other 14ers. Regardless, there were great views from the summit, especially of neighboring Sawatch 14ers Princeton, Antero, Shavano, Tabaguache, Harvard and Columbia.
Posted May 28, 2006 3:53 pm

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