This was my first Colorado 14er - I recall bad altitude headache :)
This was a long time ago. I remember that the trail was great but the long scree climb above the tundra was kinda hard. The summit has the biggest rocks I've ever seen. Good thing too, it snowed like hell while I was on the summit and the rocks came in handy for getting out of the weather. The snow lasted about 20 minutes. I down climbed in bright sunny weather, oh well, this IS Colorado.
Good god! I remember that one! The climb up seemed longer and tougher than it should have been. On the trip down, the weather beat the daylights out of us. We didn't even have time to get our raingear on.
After fleeing the weather (common practice), we had stopped under some trees. I was pulling my raingear out of my pack when I heard Betsy say "Look at that!" Just then, the whole side of the mountain gave way in a horrendous mudslide.
I felt a hand grab my shoulder, yanking me upwards. It was not the first time, nor would it be the last.
And I still remember Aaron's words:
And boogie we did. As we approached a gulley, one by one, we slipped and slid straight down a rut, right into the mud (reminiscent of the scene in Romancing the Stone).
I'll never forget the looks on the faces of the locals as we dragged into the Dinner Bell Cafe at Johnson's Corner. We were covered from head to toe in mud, drenched, and tired. We must have been a sight! A woman at the cash register looked up, and did a triple-take in shock and terror.
It's funny how the worst experiences make the best stories.
10th summit of Nolan's 14. After 48 hours 3 runners had dropped and 7 were ahead, but I had caught up to Dennis Herr, who was taking a nap after no sleep the first night. We started about 7 AM from the N. Cottonwood aid station straight up the avalanche chute strewn with wreckage from a 50 year old plane wreck. Dennis was faster so he pulled ahead, and we took separate routes to the summit, he to the west and me to the east. On the summit about 11 AM there were about 50 people and another 300 coming up the Denny Creek trail. It was the 300'th anniversary of Yale University. We had 7 hours to make it to the Princeton summit before the 60 hour race cutoff expired. Dennis decided not to try it.
Successful summit, however, suffered with a bit of altitude sickness
Did it w/a first time 14er climber. very easy and direct. especially like the rock hopping at the top.
Pretty easy climb...very direct...can be completed in about 5 hours if you are moving.
Climbed with my girl friend on a full moon night, only to find out the next day that she had been climbing with a fractured tibia from a rock climbing accident. What a tought chick.
We had attempted Mt Yale previously from the old Denny Gulch trail, to be stopped short of the summit by a nasty thunderstorm. This time, however, we climbed it with a group from the CMC during one of their Instate Outings, and from the Denny Creek trailhead. It was a fun climb, a beautiful day, and everyone made it including one lady who was skittish and hesitant at the very top.
I have climbed Yale in both summer and winter from the Denny Creek trailhead. Summer climbs are easy but winter climbs are more demanding, be in good shape!