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 Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  coloradomojo
 Date of Information:  12/27/2013
 Date Posted:  12/27/2013
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Attempted Mt Yale from Denny Creek Today.

Road was open to Denny Creek (getting lots on snowmobile use beyond the Denny Creek TH). Had called Chaffee County Sheriff dispatch to confirm the road was open to Denny Creek.

Beautiful day just no joy as far as the summit.

My son and I slept in our 4Runner and stared at 7:30AM (yeah I know it was late).

Solid snowshoe trail to "Mt Yale->" signage. Beyond that there was a old evidence of snowshoe travel to ~11,200 ft.

Beyond that we encountered thigh deep snowshoeing on steep terrain (no fun). Turned around at 11,600 ft when we saw no end to the misery and heard two close succession "whomping" indications while still well within in the trees.

My suggestions: 1) use skis 2) start earlier 3) have more than two to break trail

All in all, a truly wonderful day to be in the mountains.

Colordaomojo



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