| Graduating- "finishing" the Collegiate 14ers
On Monday May 21st I took a day off from work and climbed Mt. Yale with my friend Chris Sumey. Chris and I went to High School together and were both tenors in the Tour Choir our senior year. Chris lives in Aurora and occasionally runs marathons. Mt. Yale is my final 14er in the "Collegiate Peaks" which includes Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Colombia, Mt. Princeton, and finally Mt. Yale. So, in a way, I am "graduating" from the collegiate peaks. Chris had previously done (5) 14ers in the past and had no problems with altitude sickness. We met at the (paved) parking lot at 720 AM, and hit the trail about 730.
Some previous hikers had some difficulties following the route below treeline- how do you think we fared?
Yeah, so we got off-route right below treeline due to snow and footprints all over the place. Maybe these photos will help someone avoid the mistakes we made.
The problem area occurs right after a steep drop on the trail.
Go through this little flat area- the broken tree has been circled.
The broken tree- head around it to the right and then go "right and up"- you should be able to find the trail.
Red is the way we went, green is approximately the way you are supposed to go.
Again, we had to take the red path to intercept the trail, traversing about 50 yards across a snowfield. We found this traverse to be easy.
Round trip time was about 6 hours including the break on the summit, where we had Reeses candy bars and microbrews. All in all, with great scenery and bluebird weather, it was another fine day in the mountains.
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