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dclimb14meThe standard route  Sucess!


Absolutely beautiful area, worse part of the climb is just above Snowmass Lake negotiating all the scree
Posted Apr 26, 2010 12:23 am

Eric HolleStandard Route from Snowmass Lake   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Eric Holle

Only ten 14ers left! What a beautiful hike and scenic area around the lake. We got pummeled by a storm the night before the climb, very scary lightning.
Posted Aug 3, 2009 9:46 am

myroneSnowmass Mt via Lead King Basin TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009


Started up at 5:05AM with very wet trail conditions from hard rains the night before; up the west face reached summit at 10:44AM with building clouds. Did quick scramble back down with graupel and rain in a few places. Back to TH at 2:23pm just as the hard rain & hail started. My 45th 14'er.........sweet!!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 12:02 pm

boisedocstill some snow  Sucess!


plenty of firm snow above 12500ft made for fun cramponing
Posted Jul 24, 2009 1:37 am

TBCA little bit of everything  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2009


I want to thank Alan and Matt, who also made it to the top this day. You guys were great company, and I probably would have slept longer and hiked out if I didn't see your head lamps shining across the lake. Cheers.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 10:33 pm

dakotaconcreteSnowmass Creek Standard Approach
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009


Enjoyed great weather on the hike in. Logjam crossing wasn't too bad in the morning, chose to catwalk the logs instead of wading across. Had to give up the summit at about 13,000 because of dangerous snow conditions. The previous days hot weather made for very unstable snow conditions...i.e., just at the foot of the ridge the snowing started screaming at my friends and I by whumping and fracturing. I definitely didn't expect this at this time of year. Still plenty of snow throughout the camping areas by snowmass lake, but there are sites that are dry and snow free. Negotiated a very tricky logjam on the return trip at about 7PM....I strongly advise not to do this in the near future...a bit dangerous.
Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:20 pm

Panthera unciaSnowboarding in May!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2009

Panthera uncia

My third trip out to Snowmass Mountain and definitely not my last… This is both a beautiful and remote mountain. Care had to be taken to scale the heavily corniced summit ridge. Views from the snowy summit were incredible! It was no easy task backpacking and climbing up with a snowboard on my back but totally worth the descent down the huge east bowl to Snowmass Lake!
Posted Jun 5, 2009 11:47 am

staminaTwice was a charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2001


Made our original attempt on Thurs.-Aug 01-2000. Made a route finding mistake at Gaines Ridge. While re-checking the route, all of a sudden, lightning ripped on the summit and all up and down the mountain. I thought I was going to die, as Diggler, (read his log), can attest to this wicked lightning storm as he was climbing on the same day. Returned a year later not to be denied, and made the summit on Aug. 2-2001 at 1200 hrs. Got back down to the lake at 1630 hrs. An amazing mountain as it is so remote. Great views from the summit of Captial Peak, North Maroon, and South Maroon. The approach thru the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area is beautiful. Great climb! Also, after summit day, we hiked up to Trail Rider Pass on the Hagerman shoulder. Well worth it!
Posted Apr 18, 2009 10:18 pm

KieferSnowmass Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009


Initially attempted this mountain twice, both times from the Geneva Lake side.
Snowshoed in with Steve Gladbach March 6th and successfully summited March 7th during a storm. An unbelieveable amount of snow & most of it thigh to knee-deep powder. A very long 3 days.
And my 14er finisher! :o)
Posted Mar 9, 2009 7:11 am

mattpierceWorth the pack in  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007
What an amazing area - this is one of my fav 14ers so far!
Posted Aug 8, 2008 4:02 pm

steve_hiebertDayhike of the Standard Route from Snowmass Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2002


It was a pretty long day but it was very enjoyable.
Posted May 14, 2008 1:44 am

peakrat76Standard Route from Snowmass Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1982


One of my favorite 14'ers. Anything with a snow climb gets additonal points!
Posted Apr 27, 2008 11:29 am

SarahThompsonS-Ridge / West Face in winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006


7/15/06 - Camped at Geneva Lake, climbed the S-Ridge and traversed to Hagerman.

3/13/10 - Reached 13,000 feet on the West Face before bailing due to conditions. Tons of avy terrain to negotiate on this mountain in winter! Hope to make another winter attempt during a better snow year.

1/8/12 - Climbed West Face from camp at Geneva Lake. Two nights out.
Posted Mar 28, 2008 10:01 pm

MountainHikerCOLead King Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2000


This was my second climb of Snowmass. Also from Lead King Basin.
Posted Feb 26, 2008 10:55 pm

MountainHikerCOGrand Slam  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 1994


With this climb of Snowmass I finished all of the Colorado Fourteeners for the first time. We approached from Lead King Basin.
Posted Feb 26, 2008 10:53 pm

CODaveSnowmass Lake route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


Started from Maroon Lake, climbed Buckskin BM then down Buckskin Pass and camped at Snowmass Lake. Climbed Snowmass via gully between Snowmass & N. Snowmass. Got both summits and then descended standard route and packed out Snowmass Creek. This was an awesome route!
Posted Feb 6, 2008 11:31 pm

mtnhiker13Standard Route from Snowmass Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Beautiful backpack into the lake. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The class 3 climbing on the ridge to the summit was fun! One of my top 10 favorite 14ers for sure!
Posted Sep 9, 2007 6:24 pm

HokieJimWhat snowfield?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Don't bother looking for cairns above treeline...just make a beeline for the ridge! Great views from the summit, one of my top 10 14ers!
Posted Sep 6, 2007 3:24 am

ktiffany22Tedious route finding rewarded with summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


BEAUTIFUL lake! Worth the 8 mile backpack in. TEDIOUS route finding ("cairns?" WHERE?! They are little... don't waste your time- just shoot for the ridge!). Fun scramble at the end to a great summit block! L-O-N-G 13 mile hike back down and out! Loved the scenery along this route... quite possibly my favorite (of 46 now)!
Posted Sep 3, 2007 11:20 pm

bernardhohmanLead King Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Great ridge scramble and fun little summit. Weather was perfect.
Posted Sep 2, 2007 8:47 pm

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