My first 14'er. Some fun scrambling but also much loose crappy rock. Started early to avoid crowds and was rewarded with about 5 minutes of solitude on the summit before a steady stream of hikers began to arrive. Outstanding summit views.
Some good views up there. Lazy route finding resulted in some harder moves but the route was easier than expected. I never noticed much exposure. More worrisome was driving down that shelf road on a "fake" tire after puncturing a real one on the way up. Super big thanks to Big O Tire in Montrose for going above and beyond the call of duty.
early snow 8".... cleared some on top for great view.
first colorado 14 er
Excellent Route! Crampons and ice axes absolutley necessary for this trip (probably not in a month or so though). Fun route finding with giddy exposure. Excellent views from the summit. Bring extra food for the marmots at the summit.
jeeped over from telluride, great vacay, nice climb above the lavendar couloir. snowy, threatening weather, so didn't get to enjoy this awesome summit for long. another time.
We hiked up the Dallas Creek valley and up to Blue Lakes, and holy hell, it's beautiful up there. The ridge to the summit was pretty fun. A little scrambling and exposure here and there, but all in all, a very nice climb.
The SW ridge is a wonderful route. Quick, enjoyable, pretty solid rock all describe this route. I think I was up top in 1.5 hours. the views from the top are some of the best in the state. A 360 panorama is hanging in my room! Check out Teakettle while you're up there. Pretty good view of the handle.
Even though Longs had kicked our ass the week before, Erin and I officially had the 14er bug. We wanted to try out the San Juans, and Uncompahgre Peak seemed like a good place to start. However, when we saw Sneffels from the Montrose area, we were entranced. We change plans and climbed Sneffels instead. Erin was just coming down with a cold, so I'm glad that Sneffels isn't too strenuous of a day. We started lower than most, in order to gain >3000' on the day, and we had a tough time on the scree. We liked the col and the crux above it, though, and had a good time with the summit marmots. And, oh, the views! I must get back to the Sneffels Range this year.
Beautiful clear day - 5.5 hrs round trip - the best route I've ever done in the mountains!! - 1st CO 14er
I've climbed this several times, always by the standard route. It's not super-exciting, but is a great workout --- and the surrounding Yankee Boy Basin is very scenic. Makes you want to bust out with the theme from Sounds of Music or something...
The first time I did it, I mtn biked from Ouray up to 12k in Yankee boy, then cruised up. The end was sketchy, with a loose scrabbly couloir. The second time up I figured out I'd done the WRONG ending. Be patient: don't take the FIRST chimney you see, go all the way to the saddle and take the scond chimney. Much mellower...
Camped around 12,000 the night before in Yankee Boy, wish I had had more time to explore that area...
Encountered a mountain lion on our hike up to 12,000 (around 10 at night) which scared the crap out of me and my two friends.
My first fourteener, and it was absolutely beautiful!
Wow what a blast! Not only was the route fun but I was treated to full frontal nudity by a group of college coeds on a freshman orientation hike/climb. Climbing just got a whole lot more fun. Nobody will ever believe me because of their no cameras rule, but I swear it happened.
Crowded on a holiday weekend. Very easy peak. Nice view.
Intended to do the SW ridge but my wife didn't feel well. I left her and did the standard South Slope, WHAT A MISTAKE. I'm not sure were Gerry Roach gets his Classic rating for this route. I agree with Dafreshman, stay with the SW ridge and avoid the choss pile.
Made the summit for sunrise over the San Juans and soon forgot about the scree, what a treat. Fast climb from the restroom in Lower Yankee Boy Basin.
Man what a treat - this was my 5th climb in the last week. Drove all the way to end of road. From there the summit was only 1.5 hours. I was back in town for breaksfast. What a treat !!!
What a phenomenal climb! Route finding problems are somewhat interesting, but not nearly as complicated as many of the other 3rd/4th class routes in Colorado. Some rotten rock is found leading up to the prominent notch in the ridge, but above the notch the rock is suprisingly very solid. Final stretch to the summit finds some exciting exposure on a neat ridgeline that narrows to as little as 12 inches in places. Don't let the class 3 rating scare you off of this route - the standard route is one big long choss pile and no where NEAR as fun (IMHO) as this ridge. DO THIS ROUTE!
climbed sneffels standard route 6-12-03. road dry to 11,400', south basin mostly melted out. east gully in good shape. the pic below shows the east gully (upper part of standard route). this shows the south basin, and this one is a cool view from sneffels toward the telluride area.
by way of crowds - there was no one else in the basin, and no-one but my party of two on the mountain that particular thursday.
Summited in quarter-size snow with my wife and 14 yr old son. Too many 4WDs and other vehicles in Yankee Boy basin though. Otherwise......good fun!
Having turned back the previous day due to threatening thunderclouds (some naïve guy from Holland had kept going without any worries), I got an alpine start to give me a better probability of escaping bad weather, leaving my car in the dark at 5.22. I parked well below the standard 2WD parking lot at 5.5 mi past the turnoff from highway 550, where my map-deciphering placed me a good, solid 4,000 ft below the summit. Hiking through the sunrise, I was amazed by the beauty of Yankee Boy Basin and the enormity of the peaks of the area- I didn't know which mountain was the right one until I was on its lower slopes! Hiking on a weak and sore ankle, I still almost caught up to the 'Swank bro's (one of the guys had done 34 14ers, the other 30),' whom I'd first spotted at the saddle, on the class 3/4 ridge variation taken (fun climbing!). Summited at 9.15, hanging out to talk to the other guys on top and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, before leaving @ 9.35 (clouds already starting to build). Took the standard scree slog route down, reaching the car @ 12.35.
Climbed with James Harrison in 1995 and Chris Snell in 1996, both times up the South Ridge. The South Ridge is an excellent choice and much more interesting than the standard route up Scree Col. Although the route at times looks impassible, one should never encounter climbing harder than hard 3rd class with proper route finding. Highly recommended.
I attempted the Snake Couloir in September of 1993, but we turned back just below the turn. Lightning was striking nearby peaks causing massive rockfall. We got the heck out of there.