SW ridge via Blue Lakes. Fun climb!
Perfect day. The southwest ridge was a great route, lots of fun.
The Blue Lakes/Blaine Basin Sneffels traverse made for an excellent day. Recommended. Descent in to Blaine Basin from Lavender Col was straight forward: scree run followed by an extensive boulder-hopping segment. Easy enough to pick up the Blaine Basin trail at around tree line.
This is one of my favorite mountains. It's a monarch on it's own range in San Juan Mountains, A great trip, ascended the Lavender Culoir and dislocated my shoulder in the V-Notch. The colors are awesome, really beautiful place.
Our second peak on our honeymoon. My husband's 2nd 14K+ and my 9th. Threatened rain the whole morning and let loose on our descent. Never gotten that wet before. Cool climb though.
First fourteener! Wanting to do SW ridge next..
Left lower trailhead at 7a.m. on a Saturday. The scree slopes were slow going. Had clear weather with no wind. Great views. Started down and encountered the crowds coming up. Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful, but too crowded.
10th 14er this year.
Up the SW ridge, down the standard route.
A fun mountain. Got chased out by lightning, but at least the contrasts on the mountains made up for it. I would recommend this peak if your in the area.
Late start but successful. Lavender col was very icy and deep with snow still. Microspikes were much needed throughout the lavender col and snake colour. Storm clouds at the summit meant no time for relaxation and headed back down within 5 minutes. A must do if you are in the area and up to the task!
Climbed the crappy talus of the standard route and was hit in the ankle by a rock dislodged from above by a kid in sneakers. Just a bruise. Wear a helmet on this route! This is one of those climbs that can take almost as long going down as going up. Be careful.
Climbed from Yankee Boy Basin. The view from the top was stunning. I would recommend this peak to any experienced climber.
Beautiful day on the Dogleg (Snake) Couloir. Thanks for the great day, Blaine!
I guessed on the exact day but I know it was Aug. Standard route from Yankee Boy.
Climbed the standard route from the lower Yankee Boy TH with my buddy Danny. No snow present. Lots of people, including an unprepared football team we had to give water to. There was a glider doing close passes while we were on the summit. Also climbed the small peak to the east, Danny doing some 5th class on it for fun.
climbed via the S. Ridge, loved it.
Started @ Dallas Creek, up Blue lakes and South Ridge, down standard route to saddle and then down the gorgious Blaine Basin. Very good route for this excellent peak. Don't be a wuss and drive up, you take away from the experience.
Bluebird day, no one else around. Just a little snow- not enough to warrant crampons. My axe came in handy for snow in the V notch, though. This was a quick climb.
I wish the San Juan range was a lot closer to home.
Climbed as part of a 2 night backpack into Blue Lakes Basin. Ascended SW ridge, descended Lavender Col.
Southwest ridge route was fun. Route finding in the pinnacles and gullies was challenging but we found our way relatively easy. The route is fairly well cairned but I wouldn't go in relying on them! Climbed on a Thursday and didn't see anyone until we were ready to start the descent of Lavender Col.