Mount Yale Climber's Log

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swm88er - Sep 19, 2006 10:03 pm

Long Ago  Sucess!

I hiked Yale several years ago. I didn’t think it was hard. False summits were frustrating, as I remember


whatisis - Sep 19, 2006 4:56 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2006

Perfect Day  Sucess!

What an awesome day. Not too hot, no snow, no wind, and the trees were changing.


awillson - Sep 15, 2006 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006

Cold snowy climb  Sucess!

There was about a foot of snow at the summit left over from Fridays storm. A little slipery, but a great climb none the less. It was good to see some snow on the peaks.


bjd5578 - Sep 14, 2006 3:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006

A snowy 20th 14er  Sucess!

After being turned back on Princeton the day before, it felt good to tackle Mt. Yale. This was a tough hike, and the snow above 12,000 feet certainly slowed us down, but it just made the top all the more beautiful! Not a bad way to end the 14er season for me, and my 20th 14er at that!


roozers42 - Sep 11, 2006 4:27 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

Route Climbed: from Denny Creek  Sucess!

One of the most beautiful days on a 14er summit with a great partner - Sonja Lessman!


rleclair - Sep 7, 2006 4:02 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

East Slopes  Sucess!

This was a return summit attempt for me as 4 weeks earlier, my attempt on the East Slopes turned into a medical emergency for my climbing partner - altitude sickness with signs of ataxia. So, 4 weeks later, my friends Pamela, Pete, and Nancy started at 7:30 AM (Labor Day) on yet another glorious Colorado blue sky day. The trip up to 11,900 and the saddle was uneventful - more of a warm-up really. Heading west of the saddle following the ridgeline went well - past 12,500' where I had to turn around earlier the previous month. The East Slopes are a Class 2/Class 3- with sometimes difficult route finding but it is not terribly difficult if one stays on or near the ridgeline. We summitted in 5 hours and after spending 30-45 minutes on the summit decided to take the standard route down as it was more time efficient. Some good souls at the trailhead drove me back to the Avalanche Gulch TH in order to retrieve my car and bring cold beer/chips/salsa to my weary friends. All in all, a great day! Yale is a fun mountain although the standard route is not my most favorite trail - do the East Slopes!


bc44caesar - Aug 28, 2006 2:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006

East Ridge (from the South)  Sucess!

Thunderstormed the whole night before. Woke up at 5:30, still raining. Finally started at 7:25 and got rained on the whole way to the saddle, then snowed on on the way up to the summit. Better weather down to the saddle (still couldn't see anything though), but then rained on all the way back to the car. A couple lightning strikes very close by (you know, simultaneous flash-boom) with people still up high on the mountain! 3h20m to the summit, 5h40m RT.

Vagabond Manifesto

Vagabond Manifesto - Aug 25, 2006 6:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2006

A leg burner  Sucess!

Climbed the east ridge--fun scrambling on the crest, more rugged than I expected. Only one other party on the ridge, but LOTS of people coming up the standard route on the other side.


apierce - Aug 10, 2006 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

A New Favorite  Sucess!

Climbed the West Slope from Denny Creek starting at 6 a.m. and summitted by 9:30. We were among the first to summitt that day and luckily avoided the crowds that were coming up as we descended. Great trail and a greater views on top of many surrounding 14ers. Fun scramble along the ridge if you stay on the very top.


smason505 - Aug 10, 2006 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2000

Route: denny creek ascent with denny gulch descent  Sucess!

The ascent was fairly straightforward, lots of vert but nothing bad. We decided to descend the old route down denny gulch and found a few nice surprises. The moves to get off the peak and down into the gulch are class 3+ where we dropped. Nothing too bad, but much harder than it looked from the summit. The trail through this gulch hadnt been maintained in several years (that would be another 5 years now) and we had to bushwack for 3 miles. After running out of water two miles in, the final mile out was terrible, but it dropped us right at our campsite.


cftbq - Aug 4, 2006 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1976

West ridge from Kroenke Lake  Sucess!

This is another "catch-up" posting. Yale was my 3rd 14er. Uncertain about the exact date. Camped at Kroenke Lake, and hiked west to the Continental Divide in the morning, then south and east to the summit. It was chilly with very light snow falling. My brother bailed a few hundred feet from the top. I bushwhacked down the north slopes and got back to our camp about noon, then packed up and headed off for Harvard, while he headed down the trail and home.


seth@LOKI - Jul 26, 2006 8:07 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1993

long night/day in a blizzard  Sucess!

This was the beginning of "Capacchino" climbing. We started climbing a midnight fueled by huge gzzlers of capachino. I recall hallucinating below the summit. Not too bad though. Skiing out with our backpack ready loads on skinny leather tele gear was exciting!


lindasyh - Jul 24, 2006 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2003

Denny Creek TH, Ascend SW Slopes  Sucess!

How 'bout some switchbacks? (Whine, whine, whine!)


crzyjt - Jul 23, 2006 3:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Denny Creek  Sucess!

A pleasant and relatively easy hike. It was actually kind of nice to not be completely beat when back to the car for a change :) 26th 14er and 11th this year.


csmcgranahan - Jul 16, 2006 12:44 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

Solo success  Sucess!

Started at dawn and summited in about 3 hours. What a leg burner! After having the summit to myself (on a Saturday!) for fifteen minutes I descended the east ridge and summited Mascot Peak as well - nice addition.


Gahugafuga - Jun 20, 2006 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2002

First 14er  Sucess!

Not the easiest 1st 14er, but it was enough to get me hooked on peak bagging.

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - Jun 19, 2006 12:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2003

Denny Creek TH, Ascend SW Slopes  Sucess!

The weather cooperated, but I must say whoever "engineered" the trail for this route should have taken a refresher course on switchback use. Talk about straight up the mountain? Wow!


pacojgarza - Jun 14, 2006 5:16 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2006

Yale from Denny creek  Sucess!

After a 3 hr 15 min hike I had the summit all to myself on a quiet morning before the storms. I ran most of the way down that good trail.

Dan Leonhard

Dan Leonhard - May 29, 2006 10:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2001

First 14er  Sucess!

For my first 14er had a difficult time keeping up with my bro. The damn guy played soccer for a top ranking D-1 college and was intent on proving it on this hike. It was good to be pushed like that though. Today, I can keep up, especially when I put rocks in his pack.


shanrickv - May 28, 2006 3:53 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2006

Southwest Slopes  Sucess!

Solo climb. Not a technical climb by any stretch, but for some reason my legs were more tired over the 7 miles of the Southwest slopes than they typically have been on other 14ers. Regardless, there were great views from the summit, especially of neighboring Sawatch 14ers Princeton, Antero, Shavano, Tabaguache, Harvard and Columbia.

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