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Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Post Date:  06/03/2013
Modified:  06/08/2013
Date Climbed:   06/03/2013
Posted By:  zephyr_pelicante

 Sawatch Beta + Sneffels   

5/17/2013: Mount Sneffels 14,150'

Total Time: 5 hours
Distance: 7 Miles
Elevation Gain: 3000'

Got up pretty far in a 2WD although we didn't make it as far as another group with some sort of Subaru. Post holed to camp but snow was firm in the morning. Since the normal summit route was blocked we did some *interesting* class 3/4 stuff about 100' below the summit. Awesome views of the San Juans. Used crampon / ice axe.

Yankee Boy Basin at Sunset

Sneffels Base

Sneffels Summit

Sneffels Summit

6/2/2013: La Plata Peak 14,336'

Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM
Total Time: 6.5 hours
Distance: 9.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: 4500'

Beautiful day with great spring snow and perfect temperatures.

The last 1000' or so to the summit has a social trail that deviates from the summer route with a nice little shortcut. Awesome views of the rest of the range. Used poles / microspikes although they aren't strictly needed.

Last 1000' on La Plata

Me on La Plata

Looking South from La Plata

Looking West from La Plata

Looking North from La Plata

Looking East from La Plata

6/3/2013: Mount Yale 14,196'

Start Time: 6:30 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM
Total Time: 6 hours
Distance: 9.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: 4300'

Another beautiful day with great spring snow and perfect temperatures.

Some post-holing right at timberline. At about 12,600' we took a straight line up the snow to the ridge it was perfect, because of the snow we were able to gain and lose the elevation between 12,600' and 13,900' FAST! Far better than summer conditions in my opinion (even considering the little bit of post-holing)

The remaining climb to the summit going south on the ridge and was an awesome short little trek because it was all snowed over and allowed the climber to stay on the ridge the entire time.

We really enjoyed Yale. We used microspikes although they aren't strictly needed. Don't worry about snowshoes.

I must say the Yale trail is WELL DONE!! Seriously good job to whoever is responsible for building/maintaining this trail!

Final summit pitch Yale

Me on Yale

Dad on Yale

Looking South from Yale

Looking West from Yale

Looking North from Yale

Looking East from Yale

Doing these two Sawatchers helped remedy the opinion I had of the Sawatch range as my last two peaks here were Columbia and Princeton. Hope to continue to clean house on this range the rest of this week and take advantage of the spring snow (and my time off work).

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  • Comments or Questions

STEVE HOLT!     06/04/2013 01:56
Three awesome summits in a short amount of time. I am very jealous. Keep it up!


haha     06/04/2013 01:58
There must be some sort of gold medal you can get for detecting the Steve Holt reference.


Gettin' an early start!     06/05/2013 19:02
Good to see your dad with you. Good work! I'll be back Sat

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