Ascended SW Ridge and descended the Lavender Col. Lots of people for a Monday. Went up with Nona & Alise Gladbach.
Southwest ridge up and the easier way down. It lightly snowed and was foggy till 5:30. Made the ridge more fun. High winds and some icy sections too. took the steeper way up the ridge direct to finish it. Didn't know the actual route back down but easy to figure out
03/09/20 w/Ryan Stadheim
Turned around just below the summit due to worsening conditions. Skied down. Epic day!
Parked and started the hike right where the road for governors basin splits off the Yankee boy basin road and it was 6.6 miles round trip. Didn’t get the data on the elevation gain, cuz I was testing the low power mode on my new Suunto Spartan GPS watch. But I took Niko with me and it was a very pleasant hike. It’s steep and slick, especially going up the rock field to the saddle. But an enjoyable climb up the chute to the summit. The V notch near the top is no joke and Niko and I climbed around it to the right. We descended through the V notch and it was a bit of a jump for Niko but he made it. Shortly after the V notch, I was descending the chute to the saddle and my left leg slipped out from under me, and my right leg stayed behind, so I did the splits. My body weight fell uphill and I landed on my leg, which was pinned on a rock behind me. I felt a big pop on the outside of my ankle. It was a very slow descent as I thought I had broken my ankle.
Camped in Yankee Boy Basin and hiked to the summit the next day--my first 14er!
Fun climb, great views
that was *barely* class 3. good warm up for torreys/grays
TMI trailhead data (2WD, lower/upper 4WD, really?) ...basically add 2 miles if your in a Nissan Sentra rental. Started at 2:30pm, "the new 6am" after a leisurely lunch at Maggies in Ouray. A 6hr climb up the solid rock SW ridge with a NE couloir class 3 variation. Gaining 3,560' in 5.8 miles made this my 40th CO14er to summit. Cheers!
In POS rental, so had to start at @10.7K ft, below the lower TH. We didn't really mind, but hiking up that road for a couple of miles is not that enjoyable. Wishing I had my jeep in Texas while watching all these guys have fun cruising up to the upper TH! We did ok on time though - 3:15 up, and that was taking our time. Fun climb, but if you want more true scrambling, maybe the ridge will provide it.
Bluebird day with great company.
Drove Imogene Pass > Yankee Boy Basin. On the peak SW Ridge > South Slopes
Made for a nice rest day ;) Quick route with standout views in the Switzerland of America. I spent 2 hours organizing the registry box so I hope its less like a stuffed up trash can if you see it now :)
Perfect weather for out summit
Kieva, Sean and I climbed the standard route, snow towards top of lavender couloir, manageable with microspikes. The route is full of loose rock so descent not so fun.
Great summit, not so great skiing.
Loved this mountain. Next time I will try the ridge
Shorter hike than I thought. Didn't get started until about 10am. Pretty darn windy out
Hiked some time in the late 90s.
#1 9-05-16 Bad weather the day before chased us off of the ascent to Castle Peak, but today brought deep blue skies, scattered clouds and winds which would have tipped Paul Bunyan over. But we made it anyway. Yankee Boy Basin road (@11,195'), Wrights Lake spur, and you know the rest of the standard route. Up in 3+17. Met many fine people including an 11-year old boy named Lucas who, with his father, joined us on the wind-swept summit. One of my favorite 14ers so far. With Lana. Next time we'll try the southwest ridge from Blue Lakes Pass.