The weather forecast turned a bit iffy, and since Ruth and I were now staying in Ridgway, I tabled the Ice Lakes basin peaks and decided to do shorter, closer bicents Gilpin (9/1) and Emma (9/2).
Parked just before the creek crossing at about 11,100ft and followed the road up as high as I could. This is another one that would be better in snow - and I knew that going in. It was loose and nasty getting to the summit block. The scrambling to the top was okay. Seems like a lot of ways to skin that cat.
Of the 8 bicentennials I got on this trip, this was the only one where I encountered someone who was also climbing it. I met a guy on the summit who had come up the Telluride side.
Ended my San Juan 2018 week on a short one so I could drive home leisurely that same day and miss the Labor Day traffic.
Up Sneffels Highline trail from Telluride; cut across/up to Greenback-Emma col; S Ridge somewhat complicated [first (biggest) rock band, took gullies to left (W); ditto for second rock band; third rock band (summit block), took gullies to right (E)]. Descent via NE Ridge: from N end of summit block, descend gullies to E before picking up ridge below pinnacles. I then dropped into the top of the Mill Ck drainage from the low point between Emma & Gilpin, and rejoined the Sneffels Highline trail. Gorgeous, long day.
I started with a group of friends, but they decided to ski down before we reached the summit. I summited alone with Duchess. A beautiful day! Tons of snow up there!
Did this one on a perfect cloudless late summer day! Went up Mill Creek Basin to the Emma-Greenback saddle and then followed the ridge up to the summit. Lots of scree and loose rock but the climb offered some great views of the mountains surrounding Telluride. After descending, finished the Sneffels Highline loop. It was a long and memorable.
8/22/10 - Scree & talus slope leading up to the northeast ridge is horrid! Ridge itself is interesting but pretty easy with some minor routefinding. I thought that the final scramble up the summit block had a canyoneering flavor. Climbed neighboring Stony Mountain afterwards.
3/11/17 - Winter ascent from Camp Bird Rd. Headed directly up into Governor Basin instead of following the road (shelf part buried under steep snow). Several areas of avy risk but excellent conditions. Summit ridge was fun & interesting with snow.
from Yankee Boy Basin. A perfect day in the San Juans!
Climbed the Norhteast Ridge on a foggy morning with Jamie, Jon and Prakash. Also climbed neighboring Stony Mtn on the way down as the skies cleared up.