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naderSnowdon, NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2013


A liitle airy just below the summit. Had the summit to myself (Monday).
Posted Jul 11, 2013 10:01 pm

Liba Kopeckovalovely outing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2013

Liba Kopeckova

Lovely outing with duchess, first was thinking about doing Naked Lady Couloir, but Duchess does not do well on a steep snow anymore (and there was some rock climbing involved towards the top). So, we stayed on the ridge (NE), negotiating some snow and I had to lift Duchess up at many places near the top. Very peaceful, only 2 cars parked at the TH, and the other guy was in Naked Lady way after we left the mountain.
Posted May 25, 2013 5:20 pm

SarahThompsonNaked Lady Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2008


Traversed to South Snowdon afterwards.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 4:56 pm

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012


An easy day to recover from the Grenadiers. Nice view of the Needle range.
Posted Jul 19, 2012 2:38 pm

Garon Coriz4th of San Juan Sweetness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011

Garon Coriz

After horrible back spasms the night before, Ryan and I decided to take it easy and see how it went as we gained elevation. He eventually stopped before the saddle north of the main ridge. I continued on with difficulties encountered with route-finding but eventually made it. Gorgeous way to end 4 days of San Juan Sweetness.
Posted Aug 18, 2011 3:18 pm

chicagotransplantModestly Naked Lady  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011


Naked Lady Couloir, the steep section 2/3 of the way up and the last bit at the top were both melted out (hence "modest") and a little loose. We were a little late in the season for this one, but still a fun climb. Traversed to "South Snowdon", climbed with Floyd.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 11:08 am

trevycasNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011


Small snow banks encountered upridge, near NE Col, 4th/5th class, vaguely cairned after serious notch (go to the left), traverse over to E ridge; Easy summit from that point. However, most cairns missing on descent. 250m lateral 5.4-5.7 traverses required for 120m descent. Wonderful hike/climb. Not for those afraid of exposure and heights!!
Posted Jun 27, 2011 1:30 am

Midlife MountaineerNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Midlife Mountaineer

Awesome climb on a beautiful day
Posted Aug 15, 2010 11:41 am

bryangastwinter is awesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 1998


Did one of the coluior routes after a back country ski in. Made for a dawn to dusk day.
Posted Jan 7, 2010 8:42 pm

dakotaconcreteNot this time
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2009


Perfect weather made for an easy ascent to the northeast ridge..snow was still present in areas leading to the saddle but can easily be maneuvered around. Made the ridge just fine but turned back about half way into the traverse to the east ridge...a little airy for my liking...definitely not a place I want to experience my first class 3 solo. All in all, had a great day, the rock proved incredible in comparison to anything else I've been on in the San Juans! I will definitely be back to this mountain.

A note, the northeast ridge route was until shortly after the notch (where I turned back) not cairned. On the way back down I noticed a few which had succombed to weather. So make sure you understand the route before attempting or it may become confusing.
Posted Jun 16, 2009 6:57 pm

scooter12gaWhooped our Ass
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2008


Made an attempt on the NE ridge route but Purgatory snow report wasn't even close to reporting how much snow was *really* on this mountain. Since we didn't bring our snow shoes from ABQ we were pretty much screwed and gave up at 11,700'ish when it was getting too late in the morning to make our turnaround time.
Posted Dec 9, 2008 5:17 pm

gremlinwest buttress  Sucess!


one of the best long scrambles i've done, and the roman candles provided summit entertainment
Posted Oct 26, 2007 1:18 am

MasonMillerFallen trees rule  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2004


gorgeous territory!! Sleeping overnight in the meadow at the base was the greatest. The ground was so soft it was like a pillow underneath you! Headed for the top early in the morning, grabbed water from the stream using a filter system, it sparred some weight. Reached summit well before noon. The back view after reaching the ridge is breathtaking. The peaks on the adjacent side are majestic. Some small exsposure going up but nothing to hairy. The descent was lots of fun... made a game of descending down all the fallen trees. Probably crossed a couple hundered meter of distance just walking on the fallen logs... great descent and overall great climb.
Posted Aug 30, 2006 11:52 pm

seth@LOKILike a mini Sneffels, North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2001


tppoing out was a bit tricky...a dog startled me just as I got on top and about sent me reeling backward....whew.
I love this one. It is like a mini Sneffels
Posted Aug 1, 2006 1:05 am

markhyamsWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2004


A quick outing on great rock and superb position. Whatever route I found up this was low 5th-class.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 7:18 am

iceisniceRoute Climbed: West face aretes Date Climbed: Oct 6, 05  Sucess!


Went up to Snowdon today and climbed two of the arete to the right of the main west buttress. both aretes are 4th class for all but the bottom portions. the first "pitch" (i was soloing it) on the first arete to the right is around a 5.6. The first couple of "pitches" on the next arete to the right is around 5.7. fun climbs. will be a great training area this winter.
Posted Oct 6, 2005 8:38 pm

iceisniceRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: many times  Sucess!


Great 4th class climb with NO loose rock. Not sure what others are talking about. The descent of the NE ridge is loose, but not the West But. Fun car-to-car climb that can be done in a few hours and you get an amazing view of the Needles and Grenadiers.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 9:17 pm

JCantu1044Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!


Jathan Cantu reached the summit at 10:15am, 3 hours and 15 min. from the trailhead at Andrews Lake. A large herd of elk were spotted descending a slope near timberline, a short distance downstream from the approach to the saddle. The perfect weather brought beautiful views from the summit in all directions. The scramble up the last part of the ridge was the hardest I've done yet. Thank God for the cairns (east side of ridge) left by previous hikers to guide the way! On the way up, just beyond the first meadow and slightly off trail, is a wonderful waterfall forming a pool which flows to a second small waterfall and then down a gorge--a great place for a cool break and some fresh (use filters) cold water. In summary, a very enjoyable, challenging,and satisfying 13'er.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 6:10 pm

peerzatRoute Climbed: naked lady Date Climbed: june 2003  Sucess!


surprised the Naked Lady route (the name used by our guide Marcus from Southwest Adventures) isn't listed. This route is the obvious couloir just to the east of the peak. Awesome climb, about 1000ft, up to 65 degrees but about 50 for the most part. Beautiful hike in via Lake Andrews. Beware of those swift San Juan storms! We ran into some electricity at the top! Pretty clean class 4 descent to the east back down the north side and back to camp for some grub and a good night's rest.
Posted Jun 24, 2005 5:59 pm

JaWRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: September 26,2004
This was my first 13'er I did not make it to the top. The hike was decent to start off with. Right before you get to the ridge and saddle of Snowden the climb/hike is straight up and I mean straight up. After that that is a valley pretty easy when dry. Then you start scambling. I made it 70 feet away from the summit. I beat my record. Yippie!!!
Posted Sep 26, 2004 1:15 am

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