With Ian and Jeremy; A more "airy" ridge than I expected, but still very enjoyable.
Chris, Marni and Turbo up the East Ridge from Avy Gulch trailhead. Camped at CT junction for the night and summited at 9:10am. Really fun route, just a little loose for the doggie.
Tried to get up by the east ridge, but a late start and slow-going got us caught up in a lightning storm.
Nice day, summited early enough to avoid the crowds.
Frosty on the west side of the ridge - be careful up there!
Standard route via Denny Creek.
easy hike, one of the few fourteeners accessed form a paved road. Duchess as usual ahead of me.
Bad weather up top
My first attempt at a 14er, back when I was 15. We tried to go up the old Denny Gulch route (before it was closed), but got turned back above timberline by ominous weather. Twenty years later, I still haven't been back, but I will eventually get this one!
My first mountain.
3/27/04-The first time was in light snow on a very cold, early spring day. We went straight up the wind scoured glade at treeline to avoid avy risk.
2/15/09-Had a nicer day nearly 5 years later via the same route. Traversed over to Mascot and descended s.e. ridge of Mascot, which is not recommended with a bunch of unconsolidated snow! See TR.
4/16/06 - Standard route from Denny Creek. Stomach deep postholing in wet spring snow made for very slow going. Made an out and back trip to "Mascot" from Yale before heading down.
2/15/09 - Winter ascent via Denny Creek TH, slight modification to standard summer route to avoid avy slopes. Traversed to "Mascot" and descended to the Avalanche Gulch TH (had a car shuttle set up).
The southwest ridge was pretty much snow free and the lack of wind on the summit was nice :)
Drove from Crested Butte to climb this and then drove back, so the hike isn't very long.
Solo hike on a partly cloudy day with many hikers on the trail. The steep hike to the saddle was rewarded with a really fun scramble to the summit. Great view of Harvard and Columbia. Misty rain on the way back but no thunder or lightning. 11th fourteener.
Yale's ascent was absolutely gorgeous, but very steep in the last couple of miles. The gentle grade during the first portion is deceiving; although knowing the elevation gain, the push to the top was expected. And, again...how did Disser get lost???
9 miles round trip
Still trying to figure out how the Disser got lost?!??
Pretty steep climb, but very pleasant, scenic hike. Wonderful views on the summit. Badly-eroded trail with lots of scree, above tree line, was disappointing. Great party at the summit - must have been about 20 of us! Interesting that there was no tube/log at the summit.