Climbed with a friend via Lavender Col. Snow and ice in the couloir made this more difficult--the escape notch near the top of the gully was covered in ice. Lots of fun. Beautiful sunrise in Yankee Boy Basin.
Interesting ascent up long talus gullies
Really nice climb. Super windy on top by clear, nices views of fall colors.
Easier than I thought. It was only tough through the initial gulley. 4 Hours round trip with a good break on the summit. We were in the clouds on top.
A wonderful mountain. I summited via the South West ridge with my dad, Aaron Johnson, and met skorpio on the way down!
Great hike. I met Aaron Johnson and his daughter Shanna at the notch. Stunning views.
ascended southwest ridge descended south slopes
Fun route, though descending the Scree Col was a pain.
Climbed with F Bomb. A fun scramble.
Nice fun climb. Great scenery.
For a change I think I surprised my husband with my willingness to scramble. Maybe I'm just too dumb to be scared.
Yehaa! The first and my favorite. 12 times on the summit now and counting.
Beautiful hike past the Blue Lakes, over the pass, and then took the standard route up Lavender Col. Cloudy and rainy all day. Near zero visibility from the summit. Have to go back another day to check out the views.
An easy & fun scramble. Took me two and a half hours from the parking area @ 10700ft to reach the summit. A small wildfire was burning outside of the Montrose area but the smoke was far away. A GREAT climb!
A Pika on Blue Lakes pass tugged on a friend's shirt while she sat. "Snacks? You got snacks?"
Gerry Roach says the South Ridge is less difficult than it looks. Egad - he must think it looks awfully difficult. =) Anyway, the level of snow and crumbliness of rock made for a hair-raising, bona-fide adventure.
The scramble up the S ridge was great - it's all route finding. The summit was loaded with climbers when we reached the top. They'd all taken the "easy" way up and wondered where we'd come from. I don't think they were very impressed when we told them.
I tried to 4WD across Engineer Pass into Ouray but was blocked by an 8 foot snow drift so I had to drive 140 miles back to Montrose and bagged a hotel. I made it to the Yankee Boy Trailhead around 8 the next morning and ended up going with a guy I met there. The Scree Col was filled with snow from an early season dump that happened a couple of days prior. It was a totally fun climb and we were both left with “perm-a-grin” afterward.
Skied from the summit!
One really fine hike in the company of Gordon Swenson, Cliff Moser and Hank Hassell.
One of these days I'd like to get back and climb the North Face.