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PhenomenalWomanThree strikes, and out
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2011


Strike One: Attempting to access Mt. Peale via La Sal Pass from the west, only to find it impassible and covered in snow. (Google maps has a funny way of choosing the "best" directions.)
Strike Two: Breaking in my new crampons and ice axe climbing the snow filled couloir to the ridge, only to turn back when the weather got nasty. Making it to the truck just as lightning lit up the sky and stuck the ground where we had just made our descent. (Instincts, check.)
Strike Three: Heading down to the lower campgrounds to escape the storm and attempt again in the morning, only to wake up to find a huge aspen blocking the road from the storm the day before, and black clouds building before the sun made an appearance. (Lucky that we weren't trapped on the other side of that aspen!)
Mt. Peale may have beaten me, but I still had fun trying to summit and enjoyed my time in the range. Very nice area and I hope to return!
Posted Sep 26, 2011 11:00 pm

brucegFrom La Sal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011


Great climb. Probably easier to start from the road just east of the pass. Sea Level to 12,700 in 27 hours! Could just see Mount Sneffels which I climbed 22 years earlier.
Posted Sep 8, 2011 6:26 pm

jm141302Pleasant Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2011


I camped at Medicine Lake the night before. There was intermittent rain and lightning the whole night until 5:00 am. I didn't think I'd be able to climb with the weather, but it finally cleared out. I started from the trail head off La Sal Pass Rd at 6:15. I hiked the trail until I met the 4 wheel drive road and I then followed it until I met 2 cairns on the right. I followed them up the gully. In the last quarter of the gully, I chose to climb up the east side, rather than follow it to the ridge. I followed the ridge east, and reached the top of Peale by 8:05. I had it all to myself. After 20 minutes on top, I started the descent. At 9:45, I returned to the Medicine Lake camp. My favorite part was a gorgeous green field at the top of the gully. I could have stayed there all day. Thank you Mt. Peale for giving me good conditions and further convincing me that mountain climbing is my absolute favorite activity.
Posted Sep 7, 2011 10:39 am

redsplashman23Tuk & Peale  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


Hiked up Tukuhnikivatz and then over to Mt. Peale.
Posted Sep 6, 2011 9:42 am

voxnihiliFrom La Sal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


Hiked Waas the night before, arriving near the pass around 2:00 am. Got in a couple hours of sleep and started up the trail as the eastern sky turned pink. Loved the view from the top with Canyonlands and the Henrys to the west and the San Juans to the SE.

Had the summit to myself, but ran into about 12 people on the way down. Not bad for a holiday weekend.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:52 pm

strudolyubovFrom La Sal Pass Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2011


Started from La Sal Pass road at 8,100'. Snowshoe hiked the road to Beaver Lake (4.8 miles one-way) and ascended the ridge/rib on the left side of the gully. Nice weather, great views from the summit ridge.
Posted Apr 3, 2011 10:31 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: Via La Sal Pass, Mt. Mellenthin traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2010


Snow and a downed Aspen tree prevented me from reaching La Sal pass...tack on an extra two miles roundtrip for that one! What an amazing experience, the snow couloir was fun! I saw fresh mountain lion, coyote and bear tracks in the snow.
Posted Jan 14, 2011 11:41 pm

sbkelleyLa Sal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2010


Solo hikes are rare these days, so this was fun! Took off up on FR 275 and found the use trail heading into the gully. Steep, leg-burning terrain, but nothing tricky. I'd done the Slickrock Bike Trail the day before, so my legs were a little gassed...after topping out the gully, ridge-walked over to Peale's summit and soaked in the view, which is ridiculous! Golden and red aspens lined the valleys and the views into red-rock country were great. Took ~3.5 hrs round trip
Posted Oct 13, 2010 5:17 pm

Dartmouth HikerSpectacular  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2010

Dartmouth Hiker

Climbed with my mom as a brief side trip on the drive to school. The road up to the pass was mostly quite good, though rain the previous day made the creek crossing a bit worrisome in our passenger car! We made it up (with my mom stopping 200' below the very top) in a bit under four hours, and back down in a bit over two. I didn't stay long at the top due to some nasty looking clouds building up to the north, but the weather held on the way down.

If you're in the area, Peale is 100% worth climbing!
Posted Aug 19, 2010 4:28 pm

jamesmc2The Triple Crown  Sucess!


Summit from Geyser Pass. Did the triple crown of Mt. Peale, Tuk and Mellenthin. Pretty straight forward talus scramble without much exposure. To this day the La Sals are one of my favorite ranges.
Posted Jul 4, 2010 11:29 pm

Pfeiffer75Bitter Cold Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2009


Climbed from La Sal Pass. What a talus fest. After Peale, Matt and I traversed to Mellenthin.
Posted May 9, 2010 10:38 pm

utclimber3 Peaks in a Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2009
Started at Geyser Pass Winter Parking, followed the road to the pass, and climbed through deep snow to the North Ridge of Mellenthin. Traversed over to Peale next. After that I scrambled over the Razor Fang to Tuk, and descended north into Gold Basin and back to the car.
Posted Nov 23, 2009 11:55 pm

KieferRazor Fangs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009


What Chicago Transplant said! :o)
A really good day.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 1:14 pm

chicagotransplantRazor Fangs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009


Ascended Tukuhnikivatz via La Sal Pass, traverse Razor Fangs to Peale. Climbed with Kiefer on a windy morning. Had lunch in Moab than hiked around Arches a little bit.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:09 am

shphilbyWhat rain?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009


Right when we made it to the peak one heck of a storm rolled in and was pounding us with hail and rain with winds that made it hard to stand. By the time we made it back to the car we were cold and very wet but had the time of our lives.

Posted Sep 5, 2009 5:18 pm

KirtDavisChased down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009


Up via La Sal pass, made it up in pretty good time, and was chased down by stinging rain and brutal wind.

Up and back in about four hours.
Posted Aug 6, 2009 9:53 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: La Sal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009


Had the mountain all to ourselves>>scree was brutal>>views amazing!!!
Posted Aug 6, 2009 8:00 pm

kavakFrom La Sal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009


Hiked up the 4-wheel drive road east of the pass. Then tried to find the easiest way through the deadfall. The talus wasn't too bad on the way up but I see why others like to do this with snow still in the couloir. I think it would go much qucker. Especially on the way down. Was chased off the top of this one by storm clouds. I wish I could have stayed and enjoyed the tremendous views more.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 10:47 am

byatesTuk Peale Combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 1997


Via Tuk and Gold basin.
Posted Dec 1, 2008 3:11 pm

Moogie737From LaSal Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2008


#1 10-01-08 What a fine way to begin a new month. We car camped 150 yards west of the pass and hiked Peale the day after we had climbed Mt. Waas. Reports of the talus climb being steep are not exaggerated. Made it to the top in 1+57 and down in 1+35. Wonderful fall colors on display everywhere there were huge stands of aspens. I will make a combined trip report to offer some details which might help those who follow. #2 09-03-12 Learned the hard way about which route from LaSal Pass is the correct one. Live and learn. Managed to make it safely in spite of the precarious route wrongly chosen, proof that God watches out even for those who choose to be knuckleheads.
Posted Oct 2, 2008 2:50 pm

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