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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 3, 2010 1:29 am - Voted 10/10

I liked this route.

When I climbed Sneffels, I went up the standard route on the snow. It was my first time ever using an ice axe, and I wasn't so sure I felt comfortable descending it. Different story today, of course.

So going down, I "discovered" this way and found myself wondering why this wasn't the one more people used.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Sep 3, 2010 8:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I liked this route.

Hi Bob, I think b/c most people use Gerry Roach's route descriptions, and he does not describe this one in his book. And then, people start copying the route descriptions from one book into another... I found it easier that the deep couloir... + they already got a little bit of snow at the higher sections (inside the couloir).

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 3, 2010 9:27 am - Voted 10/10

Re: I liked this route.

You are no doubt right, Liba. I used the Roach guide that time myself.


Castlereagh - Oct 25, 2010 2:32 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice page!

I thought Roach does mention this as an early summer alternative for the Standard Route, but I don't have the book in front of me so I'm not sure. Either way, I somehow ended up on this variation after initially starting up the SW Ridge. Some miscues later a climber at the Lavender Col told me it as a good way avoid the steeper snow up in the gully. I would've made a page for this if I had taken more pics, but I attached a few of the ones I did take. Again, nice work on the route!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 25, 2010 2:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice page!

Thank you...I found this route better that the couloir with loose rock.

You are right. I am checking out Roach's book and he mentions this, but did exit couloir after about about 20 meters, and Roach writes about 300 feet, so I guess there are several alternatives. Definitively, a better way to go up in the early summer, if you want to avoid the snow in the couloir.


pavellush - Sep 15, 2011 2:07 am - Hasn't voted

Helpful page!

Many thanks for very helpful description. Last Sunday I finally decided to go by standard route but looking from the summit that variation appears more logical. Really nice mountain. Much deserved to be back. Perhaps I will do that South Slope variation next year.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Sep 15, 2011 6:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Helpful page!

Thanks, I prefer the SOuth slopes more, although the last section to drop into the Scree Couloir is a little bit exposed. Good luck hiking.

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