This was my first and (currently) only Colorado 14er. I wanted a fun and challenging class 3 route with some scrambling-- NOT class 4 climbing, which to me is just a bit too much fun. Life threatening exposure still scares me. This route was the perfect match for my "fun" criteria. I was out of shape so, even though I was acclimatized to about 10,000 ft, I began experiencing light AMS symptoms on the upper portion of the route. When I paused to rest on the most narrow section I could look down between my legs and see maybe 1,000 ft down on both sides of the ridge. The view alone was dizzying. It was amazing. And that's why I climb.
climbed twice to date, fun scramble. wonder how many of the local towers are climbable?
Fun climb! I enjoyed this route and found mostly solid rock where it mattered.
Great route, nice scrambling, amazing vies, i'll come back for another round.
Climbed the whole way dodging thunderstorms. Thunder and lightning broke out over Teakettle while we were on summit. Boy we ran down the Lavender route like animals!
Had a fun time climbing the SW ridge out of Yankee Boy Basin after some snow a week earlier to make it beautiful.
Started off from the Blue Lakes TH mid day and camped out at the Upper Blue Lake. Headed up the Blue Lakes Pass in the morning and took the ridge as it looked like the more interesting route. A lot of route finding to make your way through the gullies to the main ridge. After that you can either work your way up some switchbacks just to the side of the ridge or follow the true ridge to the summit (mostly 4th class). I recommend bringing a helmet as it is all loose rock piles basically the whole way up from the pass and we had a number of people ahead of us kicking stuff loose. No snow at all right now (though this is a year of very low snowpack). Would be very interesting and probably easier if the gullies were filled with snow (an axe would likely be all you would need). First trip hiking in the San Juans and incredibly scenic and satisfying ascent.
I'd been looking forward to climbing another 14er after a four year hiatus, and Mount Sneffels was my first choice. It was the first big mountain my younger brothers Chris and Johnny have climbed, and they did quite well considering it was their first time scrambling as well. The rocks were a bit loose on the lower sections of the southwest ridge, but the final few hundred yards were really solid and a blast to climb on. The views from the summit were among the best I've seen. Despite not going though Blue Lakes Basin (which I've heard has some great scenery), Yankee Boy Basin was still quite nice as well. I wussed out and didn't park all the way at the top of the 4WD road, but the hike back down was still quite enjoyable. See "Long-Awaited Return to Colorado" trip report for details.
I'm usually inclined to signing anything below 4th class but this ridge was so fun, I had to! An excellent route on Sneffels. Thus far, the best...until I climb The Snake! ;o)
My favorite route up Sneffels, scenic, great views.
Lovely even with the snow and ice.