Snowmass Mountain Climber's Log

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boisedoc - Jul 24, 2009 1:37 am

still some snow  Sucess!

plenty of firm snow above 12500ft made for fun cramponing


TBC - Jul 6, 2009 10:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2009

A little bit of everything  Sucess!

I want to thank Alan and Matt, who also made it to the top this day. You guys were great company, and I probably would have slept longer and hiked out if I didn't see your head lamps shining across the lake. Cheers.


dakotaconcrete - Jun 25, 2009 12:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2009

Snowmass Creek Standard Approach

Enjoyed great weather on the hike in. Logjam crossing wasn't too bad in the morning, chose to catwalk the logs instead of wading across. Had to give up the summit at about 13,000 because of dangerous snow conditions. The previous days hot weather made for very unstable snow conditions...i.e., just at the foot of the ridge the snowing started screaming at my friends and I by whumping and fracturing. I definitely didn't expect this at this time of year. Still plenty of snow throughout the camping areas by snowmass lake, but there are sites that are dry and snow free. Negotiated a very tricky logjam on the return trip at about 7PM....I strongly advise not to do this in the near future...a bit dangerous.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Jun 5, 2009 11:47 am Date Climbed: May 31, 2009

Snowboarding in May!  Sucess!

My third trip out to Snowmass Mountain and definitely not my last… This is both a beautiful and remote mountain. Care had to be taken to scale the heavily corniced summit ridge. Views from the snowy summit were incredible! It was no easy task backpacking and climbing up with a snowboard on my back but totally worth the descent down the huge east bowl to Snowmass Lake!


stamina - Apr 18, 2009 10:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2001

Twice was a charm  Sucess!

Made our original attempt on Thurs.-Aug 01-2000. Made a route finding mistake at Gaines Ridge. While re-checking the route, all of a sudden, lightning ripped on the summit and all up and down the mountain. I thought I was going to die, as Diggler, (read his log), can attest to this wicked lightning storm as he was climbing on the same day. Returned a year later not to be denied, and made the summit on Aug. 2-2001 at 1200 hrs. Got back down to the lake at 1630 hrs. An amazing mountain as it is so remote. Great views from the summit of Captial Peak, North Maroon, and South Maroon. The approach thru the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area is beautiful. Great climb! Also, after summit day, we hiked up to Trail Rider Pass on the Hagerman shoulder. Well worth it!


Kiefer - Mar 9, 2009 7:11 am Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009

Snowmass Lake  Sucess!

Initially attempted this mountain twice, both times from the Geneva Lake side.
Snowshoed in with Steve Gladbach March 6th and successfully summited March 7th during a storm. An unbelieveable amount of snow & most of it thigh to knee-deep powder. A very long 3 days.
And my 14er finisher! :o)

mattpierce - Aug 8, 2008 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Worth the pack in  Sucess!

What an amazing area - this is one of my fav 14ers so far!


steve_hiebert - May 14, 2008 1:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2002

Dayhike of the Standard Route from Snowmass Lake  Sucess!

It was a pretty long day but it was very enjoyable.


peakrat76 - Apr 27, 2008 11:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1982

Standard Route from Snowmass Lake  Sucess!

One of my favorite 14'ers. Anything with a snow climb gets additonal points!


SarahThompson - Mar 28, 2008 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

S-Ridge / West Face in winter  Sucess!

7/15/06 - Camped at Geneva Lake, climbed the S-Ridge and traversed to Hagerman.

3/13/10 - Reached 13,000 feet on the West Face before bailing due to conditions. Tons of avy terrain to negotiate on this mountain in winter! Hope to make another winter attempt during a better snow year.

1/8/12 - Climbed West Face from camp at Geneva Lake. Two nights out.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 26, 2008 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2000

Lead King Basin  Sucess!

This was my second climb of Snowmass. Also from Lead King Basin.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 26, 2008 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 1994

Grand Slam  Sucess!

With this climb of Snowmass I finished all of the Colorado Fourteeners for the first time. We approached from Lead King Basin.


CODave - Feb 6, 2008 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Snowmass Lake route  Sucess!

Started from Maroon Lake, climbed Buckskin BM then down Buckskin Pass and camped at Snowmass Lake. Climbed Snowmass via gully between Snowmass & N. Snowmass. Got both summits and then descended standard route and packed out Snowmass Creek. This was an awesome route!


HokieJim - Sep 6, 2007 3:24 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

What snowfield?  Sucess!

Don't bother looking for cairns above treeline...just make a beeline for the ridge! Great views from the summit, one of my top 10 14ers!


ktiffany22 - Sep 3, 2007 11:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Tedious route finding rewarded with summit!  Sucess!

BEAUTIFUL lake! Worth the 8 mile backpack in. TEDIOUS route finding ("cairns?" WHERE?! They are little... don't waste your time- just shoot for the ridge!). Fun scramble at the end to a great summit block! L-O-N-G 13 mile hike back down and out! Loved the scenery along this route... quite possibly my favorite (of 46 now)!


bernardhohman - Sep 2, 2007 8:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

Lead King Basin  Sucess!

Great ridge scramble and fun little summit. Weather was perfect.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Aug 24, 2007 4:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2007

Snowmassless!!!  Sucess!

My favorite climb so far... Climbed the east snowless slopes and watched the sunrise from the summit. This 14er rocks!


shanahan96 - Aug 12, 2007 1:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

snowfield and ridge  Sucess!

with jamie and mike....climbed the namesake snowfield to the summit ridge around 13,850 feet. the ridge was an unexpected surprise with lots of class three and four terrain to cross before reaching the summit.

can't believe i passed on north snowmass. the glissades, especially the first one(1000+ feet, just flat-out ripped), back towards snowmass lake were really fun!


Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - Jul 11, 2007 10:41 pm

Awesome!  Sucess!

Did this one last summer. The sunflowers from Lead King Basin were amazing!!!


cftbq - Jul 8, 2007 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Snowmass West Face  Sucess!

A long day from the Lead King Basin TH for me and trishapajean. We climbed the left-most gully most of the way, then wrapped around to the north and ended up traversing most of the summit ridge. Spectacular exposure!

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