Climbed with Jonathan Deffenbaugh on a bluebird day. Yes, there was plenty of loose, steep rock at places on the approach, but we were able to stick to the ridge leading to Cofeepot and avoid much of the worst of the loose stuff. Black Gully sucked, probably our least favorite part of the day. But... short and sweet summit pitch and the "handle" really made the day. Wildflowers, crazy rock formations, and fantastic San Juan scenery. This mountain is underrated IMHO.
Yeah, the final pitch was good solid rock, but getting there sucked and made it not worth it. Shawn and I climbed this the day before climbing Dallas, and Dallas was a nicer experience overall.
The terrible loose approach hike far outweighs the 40 foot pitch of climbing...still a fun outing though
Loved this mountain overall, but...good God, I am sitting here in Ouray at the Brewery drinking beer damn glad I am off all that steep, unstable rock. The scree skiing, the "3rd class grass," the touchy talus. Enjoyed here mountain, but happy to reach terra firma!!! Jill and I helped dhatfield celebrate his final Centennial!!!! Hell yeah!!!
I started just above the 4WD trailhead, and the first part was nice. Then I got to the choss, and the painful part of the day began. Still, it's a fun, cool summit. Trip report.
Solo climb to the summits of Teakettle Mountain and the "Coffeepot". Nice short summit pitches, slow loose approach/descent.
great hike with Michael C., free soloed the last climbing portion (only 5.4 or so), hip belay with 25 meter rope down since it was raining... great day!
This was actually better the second time!
A great mountain with a little of everything. Even the approach didn't seem as bad.
Good climb also with Stephanie and Shawn.
Gaining the summit ridge is a major grunt. Fun little summit pitch, and the teapot handle is really unique. Recommend linking this with Potosi.
linked with coffee pot, potosi. summit bit was fun, too bad it wasn't longer. screwing around with pictures in the handle was a good time too
flat-out awesome baby!
climbed teakettle with jamie, kiefer, mike and jamie's friend david from arizona. there was lots of scree and some tedious sections yet the climb was very enjoyable.
the summit pitch(5.3, 40 feet) was my first alpine lead and i thoroughly loved it! hands down, the best climb of the summer. this one will be permanently etched in my memory forever.
Climbed with JamieNellis, Shanahan96, Skasgaard and Jamie's friend David. We climbed the standard route, which was a lot of fun! Long loose approach for only 40' of 5.3, but the summit is worth the suffering to get there! We also climbed "Coffeepot" on the way back out.
Extremely fun summit climb! A long, ardorous approach, fun set-up and great climb, short rap. Killer views. We had 5 people on top! Great day out with JamieNellis, Shanahan96, Chicago Transplant and David from Phoenix.
En route to "Cofeepot" & Potosi Peak. 8 hours roundtrip from 10,700'.
Lots of very loose volcanic rock to wade through. The summit block was so short that we felt comfortable enough to climb it one at a time without ropes with the other person as a spotter.
I climbed Teakettle's standard route with my wife and a few friends. Very fun peak, and I didn't think the loose rock was all that bad. We thought about traversing over to Potosi, but we were too tired, and the weather didn't hold either. A trip report is available here.
This is the most spectacular summit I have been on. We followed Roach's instructions from 11300' in YB basin, but for the most part stayed on the s.w. ridge of Coffepot to avoid some of the loose mess. The Black gully isn't too bad and the routefinding to the summit block is straightforward as there is a nice climbers trail. There's just enough room for 3 on the summit!
I recommend this as an early season climb. Snow stablizes much of the loose rock, and the summit block melts out early. One of the few actual climbing summits in the state.
Fun 13er! A little actual climbing.
The ascent and descent of those loose-rock slopes are BRUTAL. However, in retrospect the summit-climb is so fun and the summit itself so memorable that I might actually revisit! Immediately after the climb I promised myself that I would never go up that mountain again, but time has diminshed the bad memories, and all that is left is the good, and there was plenty of it.