One of the most beautiful days on a 14er summit with a great partner - Sonja Lessman!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
How 'bout some switchbacks? (Whine, whine, whine!)
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.
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.
Not the easiest 1st 14er, but it was enough to get me hooked on peak bagging.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Coming from lowlander county this was a tough 1st 14er of 2006. Roach was right when he said it would test your legs. Mine are toast. What a great view from the summit! (with Rick and Greg)
The hike was longer than I initially thought, but not too bad. Climber with a large group so it took a little longer than it would have otherwise.
The trail on is easy to follow and over hiked and not maintained. For a mid-week climb it was very crowded. There was one large group of kids with some young adult leaders on the trail. Several of the young boys were trying to haul ass up to the summit. It seams that their gas tanks rain low because on my way down having spent 30 minutes on the summit they were still another 45 minutes from the top.
Climbed from the 4WD road west of the peak.