Barry Raven wrote:Yale would be a great first 14er. A little bit of scrambling near the summit and spectacular views. I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to do this mountain.
And a note. Mid-August is still monsoon season. That means there is a very high likelyhood of afternoon thunderstorms. Buy a headlamp and get a pre-dawn start. This will get you up and off the summit before noon. There are no guarantees that the storms won't start earlier, but getting a pre-dawn start improves your odds for success. Bring at least 3 liters of water and drink it regularly along the way and any altitude effects will be lesser than they would otherwise be.
Definitely agree. If you started hiking around 4 am, you would give yourself a good chance to summit.