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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  09/26/2011
 Date Climbed:   08/28/2011
 Posted By:  mt_turtle

 Sneffels the Enjoyable!     

This is a climb both my wife and I enjoyed very much. Her favorite of the year!

We car camped at the parking area with the bathrooms. Here we met jonzalj. He was planning to solo the Southwest Ridge. We talked, and he said he would love our company on the ridge. So this was the plan, but that would change with the weather the following day.

Ahhh! Nothing like an early morning start and the sight of headlamps on the trail.

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Below, jonzalj on the trail at twilight.

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As the sun rises, we realize weather may be a factor today. We decided to take the standard route.

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The picture below skips forward a bit. We had entered the upper gully. The lower gully went fairly fast as we mainly stayed on the talus just to the left of the scree.

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Zooming in you can see my wife as she enters the upper gully.

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The view out of the gully is awesome!

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About half way up the gully is a small side gully that exits left. It is very evident that it has seen a lot of traffic. We decided to exit here; and in hind site, this may not have been the best of ideas. It wasn't all that steep, but there were very limited holds. Better to go up it then down it. We came back down the standard route.

Below you can see my wife exiting the small side gully in the center of the photo.

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The good news is that it meets right back up with the main route.

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At 9am we were on the summit, but we would stay only for a short time. Rain was on the horizon and moving our way.

My wife taking in this wonderful summit.

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She asked me to add this summit photo of me. She really likes it.

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Coming down the upper portion with dark skies behind us.

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If you blow up the photo below, you could see over 15 people on the way up the lower gully. Lightning was striking all over this area the previous evening. I was glad we were on the way down.

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We got to enjoy the beauty of Yankee Boy Basin which we had missed on the way up in the dark.

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The flowers were still out in plenty this late in the year.

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With the price of gold and silver these days old mines look pretty good as well.

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As we near the car, a light rain begins; my wife picks up the pace.

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The shelf road adds to the adventure of this trip. It is a wonderful approach to the basin.

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The town of Ouray is a must see. We stopped at Maggie's Kitchen for a very good burger. The 4WD mountain touring machine was very cool. It loaded up with tourists and was off shortly after this photo. I can picture it painted brown with 14ers.com logos on it taking members up to trailheads on spring, fall, and girls climbs. Just a thought 8) !

We love the San Juan Mountains. With the short approaches, beautiful basins, cool towns, and awesome peaks. They make for wonderful adventures and lasting memories.

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  • Comments or Questions
colorado yooper


Nice report!     2011-09-26 07:24:54
Nice report. Thanks.


nyker


Cool shots     2011-09-26 20:38:55
Nice report, looked like a good climb. Your pic # 16 looks like there is some evil animal caged up in there that comes out at night. :-D



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