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 Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
 Post Date:  08/30/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/13/2011
 Posted By:  sanchomurphy1

 Lost Hikers and New Climbers on Yale   

We had an interesting day on Yale after my girlfriend and I decided that it was necessary to climb one more before the end of season. We pulled into the Avalanche Creek Campground at 9 pm to hook up with our two hiking partners, Sue and Hannah. Both had never done a 14er before and were excited and nervous to try Yale. Fortunately though we were able to get quite a bit of sleep and take on the peak in the morning.

We woke up at 3:30 am and got to the main trail head at 4 am. As we all threw on our packs and were about to hit the trail, a guy in a jeep came up to us and asked us to keep an eye out for two climbers in his party that he hadn't seen since 9 pm the prior night. We asked a few more questions on what had happened and what they were wearing. Apparently, the two missing hikers were on their way down behind the main party and one of them was having difficulties with altitude sickness. So the main party struck out ahead on the trail at treeline and hadn't seen them since. I asked if they had talked to the sheriff's office and fortunately they had been contacted so we said we'd keep an eye out.

We hit the trail and hiked for an hour watching and listening. After about an hour, we heard someone whistling periodically so we continued up the trail for another 5 minutes where we saw two people coming down the trail. We asked them if they were the two missing hikers and one of them said yes. Apparently they drove up from Arkansas the prior day and didn't make it down before dark. They couldn't find the creek crossing or the trail back and stayed awake all night. The one hiker searched most of the night for the way out while the sick one ended up throwing up all night and becoming somewhat delirious. We gave them some water and I turned around and led them most of the way back until I felt comfortable they could make it back to the parking lot.

After catching up to my girlfriend and her two friends, we pushed hard to get up to above treeline where we all chilled and had breakfast.

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From there, the trail was great all the way to the saddle. Thank you CFI and others for the great trail work on the peak, it made the climb much more enjoyable. Anyways, it was a beautiful hike and we saw more pika here than any other peak I have been to. The switchbacks below the saddle presented a minor challenge but it was not at all difficult.

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From the saddle it was a short jaunt over solid rock to the summit that took around 15 minutes. After summiting at around 8 am, I can honestly say it is my second favorite 14er.

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All four of us really enjoyed Yale. My girlfriend and I were most happy that we were able to introduce Sue and Hannah to climbing 14ers and ultimately finish our 20th 14er together. After an hour of photos and relaxation on the summit we decided to head down. On the hike back, we took our time and enjoyed the views rather than racing down. Arriving back at the parking lot at around 1 pm, we were all hot and tired, but satisfied!

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  • Comments or Questions (4)
uncle_big_green

This TR sounds familiar/I was there, too     2011-08-30 17:03:06
I overheard about the hikers in the parking lot before I left/was still trying to sleep . Glad that they were found (I figured since no SAR). I think I took a photo or two for you guys as I was at the top when you arrived. Good trip report.

Ben


CinciKid


very lucky     2011-08-30 21:15:51
glad that the lost hikers were able to survive the night. That is just another reason to always stay prepared even when you think youre gonna have an easy hike!


Ramsey Boys


Nice job     2011-09-04 17:41:09
Glad you were able to help guide them to the parking lot. Way to go!


MoSko


Thanks     2011-09-10 15:54:33
Thank you for looking out for your fellow hikers! Glad to hear they made it out alright.



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