Summited Mount Sneffels (second summit since 2001) via Southwest Ridge route starting from the lower Yankee Boy TH. Returned the same way. Fun scramble, great views!
My second official peak during my Colorado journey. An ill-equipped climber managed to get his rental car stuck on the road between the lower and upper trail heads at Yankee Boy Basin, so we added an extra 4 miles roundtrip to our day. Approach was relatively easy, however ascent was somewhat difficult on the loose dirt and rock. Choose to climb boulders on the way up. Reached the summit as snow started to fall, leaving the top empty for us to enjoy. Very nice experience, and great memories of my first 14er. :)
An unsuspecting Ford Edge lay pierced by a subversive boulder, blocking access to the upper trailhead.
It snowed for a short time on the summit, sending other adventurers sliding down the scree of Sneffels' rusty, rotten slopes. We remained on top as the weather cleared to allow breathtaking views of jagged peaks, deep basins, the Teakettle, Dallas, the Blue Lakes, Ridgway and beyond. I would like to climb this again in winter!
Maybe the most beautiful hike of the seven 14ers I've climbed. Yankee Boy Basin is truly spectacular! We took the Standard Route, but once we got to the snow gully, we had to climb up the rock ridge on the left due to frozen-over, slick snow (we had no crampons). The same snow gully was thawed out and slushy on the way down. Couldn't have asked for better weather and better company! (my two brothers and a great friend).
The snake!! A little late in the season.
Great success, summitted solo from Blue Lakes Trailhead and linked up with the standard route! Awesome scenary and spectacular summit views! Some snow still remained in the Lavender so I utilized the adjacent western ridgeline.
I am so thrilled to have finally summitted this fantastic mountain I've gazed at, on 'many a trips' heading southbound from Montrose!
Climbed via the South Slopes from Yankee Boy Basin. A beautiful hike through the basin to Sneffels' talus-strewn slopes. Once at the col the climb became more difficult. In order to avoid the snow, we took the alternative cairned route to the summit. After hearing a clap of thunder in the distance during our short respite on the summt we quickly made our way back to the trailhead at the bottom of Yankee Boy Basin.
Amazing place. Surprised that no one else was on the south ridge route. Always great to be alone with God on top though. Great experience.
Signed-in at 7:08AM where I met Ben & Ed we all climbed together and reached the summit at 8:58. Spectacular views all around and ideal weather. Stayed about 15 mins. then back to the registry at 11:00AM. My 1st summit of 2009 and 43rd 14'er........Sweet!
Climbed the day after running Imogene Pass run. A beautiful hike with my son and dog.
About 12 summits so far up Sneffels, different routes, different times of the year.
Climbed SW Ridge with Prakash after earlier climbing Gilpin. Second time up this peak.
Started at the lower trailhead from the Yankee Boy Basin and ascended the 4WD trail to the upper trailhead. Then began on the Blue Lakes Trail. At the snow couloir, we had to take the route on the rocks, since the snow was too steep and slippery to climb. Summitted with my two brothers and a friend.
Climbed the standard SE couloir route with partner trishapajean. Started from the Governer Basin turn-off (10,770 ft.) at 5:15am and summitted just before 11 am. Upper couloir totally snow-covered. Clear and warm morning, cloudy and spitty afternoon. Exhilirating. 14er #43 for me, #41 for trishapajean.
A few of us climbed the Snake on 6/12. Made it all the way to the end of the snow and found the final rock section to the top snowy and icey and didn't have the gear to protect it, and the lower gully had a nice cornice at the top. I decided to drive around to the other side and do the Lav Col the next day.
Backpacked to Blaine Basin in a steady rain..not so cool. Started early for the summit via the eastern trough which links to the standard route's lavender col. Good snow conditions the entire way. Very nice route, loved the view of sneffel's north face! Not sure how long the lavender col is but I turned around nearly 3/4 of the way into it...snow conditions were quite hard and posed dangers I wasn't keen on accepting. Defeated but content, I glissaded close to the entire way back to my camp. The 3 and half miles back to my car at the trailhead went fast after an encounter I had with a black bear on the trail! This approach is awesome with the right conditions, the snow made for a great day!
I remember this as one of my favorite days in the mountains.
I climbed this with the fabulous guidance of Aaron Johnson during the summer of '06. This is my favorite Colorado 14er climb for sure!
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.