Summitted Sneffels via the Snake Coulior on March 22 and were able to drive within 2 miles of the trailhead...without 4 wheel drive. However past this the snow started and was soft. Avalanche danger was minimal on the route and on the easier descent of the lavander col. Snowshoes absolutely necessary on the approach. The final summit block would only yield to lower 5th class climbing for 75 ft or so on seriously exposed terrain. We soloed this because the 3rd class way up was blocked by a cornice. Might be good to bring a short rope and protect this section as it is covered in ice and loose powder snow. Super fun and long 16 hour day.
This was my first experience of the Colorado 14er's. A lot of people on the trail, but a fun peak.
After doing Handies a few days prior, we headed up to Yankee Boy Basin for some fun scree slogging on Mount Sneffels. The main gulley was kind of a pain in the butt, and I chose to hop over the talus on the left side rather than the scree to the right. There was still lots of snow in the upper gulley, so we skirted around the snow on the rock rib.
Still snow in the couloir, but someone had kicked steps. Great view of the lakes to the West.
Climbed the Lavender Col route from Yankee Boy Basin. About half the other climbers on top had summitted from the SW ridge. Given the hard packed dirt in reaching the col, I understood why; it's a steep pull, and there was no sign of a constructed "trail" after the first two hundred feet. What a beatiful summit pitch though, which reminded me of Crestone Peak.
Climbed up the Snake Coulior from Blaine Basin solo. Perfect weather and beautiful view from summit! One of my favorites!
Fun trip. Little bit of snow on way up the notch. Loved the mountain. The smallest summit I have ever been on.
Sixth of 14 14ers in 11 days. Ascended the SW Ridge and descended the rock-hard snow on the standard route. Saw a guy take a nasty involuntary glissade down the gully. Fortunately, he came out of it with only a nasty cut on his lip from his ax and some rattled nerves.
Up and down the standard route. The gully leading up to the col is quite a mess, but that's okay! Fantastic scenery here for sure.
A ridiculously late start, made it to the top just in time to see rain headed straight for the summit. Time to go! Rumble rumble...time to move faster! Rain and grauple coming down pretty good by the time I got back to the snow in the gully above the col. The small storm had passed by the time I was back on the col, thank goodness, cause before it left it sent down a bolt that must have hit the mountain somewhere nearby. Flash...BOOM!!! Holy crap.
Headed up Lavender Col to hit up my 21st 14er summit on my 21st bday. The view from the summit made this climb extra special. The scenery around Sneffels is spectacular...some of the best in Colorado! Didn't really enjoy the slog up loose rock and scree in Lavender Col however...I'd love to try th SW ridge route the next time I head up Sneffels.
Climbed up the SW ridge above Blue Lake. The weather was spectacular. Came in right around 6 hours round trip. Still lots of snow in the couloirs.
Climbed a short couloir to access the SW Ridge. Descended the standard route from Yankee Boy.
Highly recommend this route. Its a fun little scramble.
This was my second climb of Sneffels. There was still snow in the upper couloir on the standard route. We encountered a family who were in over their heads. I got to physically assist one of them back down the snow.
This was my first climb of Sneffels. I did the standard South Slopes route from Yankee Boy Basin.
Hiked the South Slopes from Yankee Boy Basin Trailhead with my friend Keith. Nice views of the Blue Lakes and Dallas Peak.
Wasn't prepared for the still heavy snowpack in early July. Without crampons/axe didn't want to attempt the last steep gully climb coming from Yankee Boy Basin.
2nd time up, need to do it in winter now
7/30/10- repeated the SW ridge w/aaron and the davis guys after having this sneffels idea popped on me just before leaving for vacation. what a fun, unexpected way to start a trip!
8/31/07- climbed the much easier than expected southwest ridge with jamie, mike and kiefer. it was a nice, short day to kick off a three-day labor day climbing weekend!
tried kismet, but clouds began to loom so we high-tailed back into yankee boy basin.