We started way up at 12460' which felt like cheating a little bit, so we decided to throw in "Kismet" and Cirque. Several hours on the talus and we decided to give it up. Gorgeous area, and I'll certainly be back for Teakettle and Gilpin!
Driving up Yankee Boy Basin, we were stopped by a number of emergency vehicles ahead on the shelf road. At first, we thought it was search and rescue; then the coroner's vehicle pulled up behind. My understanding is that it was a fireworks-related incident from the night before, where a young man was running to get away from a lit fuse and fell off the shelf. As for the hike, we had large group that then split into three groups. I took the younger kids and we safely made it to about 13,400 ft.
Beautiful drive up, nice wildflowers at the beginning of the hike. Great views from the top, especially of the Blue Lakes. Somewhat annoying scree climb, but overall awesome 14er.
Ended up on Kismet first, then went over to Sneffels. What a fun peak! Skied from Lavender Col.
The intention was to do the Snake, but we settled on the east slopes, joining the standard route at Lavender Col. Blaine Basin is an amazing place to visit.
of the birthday (south) chutes. Due to our desire to get off the summit quickly due to high winds, the upper part of the ski descent was still scary frozen mini-suncups, but the snow was soft lower down.
Yankee Boy Basin to the ridge, love the whole area. Flowers were fantastic and view to the Blue Lakes was bonus
but I didn't like the loose gully route - wish I had gone up the SW ridge.
great hike, sumit with my mom and our dog.
Camped in Yankee Boy Basin. Did an unknown couloir on a whim, scrambled the south ridge, and survived.
Encountered enough snow to want an axe, didn't have one though.
Ascent by Snake Couloir. Lots of snow. with Andrew.
One of the prettiest areas I've been to in Colorado. The 12 & 13ers surrounding you are awesome.
One of my favorrite hikes in Colorado, beautiful mountain.
Got spanked on the N. Face a year earlier, had to come back and climb ice to get this one done! A great route, but a little loose at the top.
Fun snow climb up the chute farthest left...snow was very dusty from the wind storms.
Parked at the 4WD parking and it was a very easy climb. Only took an hour to reach the summit.
Left the outhouse at 6 am on top at 8 back by 9:30.
beautiful mountain. 25ft. of hard ass snow made the top of the exit couloir a little hairy with my big ass camera/tripod.
I'd been looking forward to climbing another 14er after a four year hiatus, and Mount Sneffels was my first choice. It was the first big mountain my younger brothers Chris and Johnny have climbed, and they did quite well considering it was their first time scrambling as well. The rocks were a bit loose on the lower sections of the southwest ridge, but the final few hundred yards were really solid and a blast to climb on. The views from the summit were among the best I've seen. Despite not going though Blue Lakes Basin (which I've heard has some great scenery), Yankee Boy Basin was still quite nice as well. I wussed out and didn't park all the way at the top of the 4WD road, but the hike back down was still quite enjoyable. See "Long-Awaited Return to Colorado" trip report for details.