Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Post Date:  08/27/2006
Date Climbed:   08/26/2006
Posted By:  JasonF

 Mt. Yale via Denny Creek TH   

Solo hiked Mt. Yale. Timeline & pics below.

Pulled into TH at 4:00 AM
Waited for storms to pass/slept for 2 hours
Geared up & hit trail at 6:15AM
Summitted at 9:30AM
Start descent at 9:45AM
Back to TH at 12:00 PM
Total trip time - 5.75 hours

As far beta on time goes (for those of you who compare against my time on other routes) this was not an ideal day for the ascent as I was the first one up the mountain and the weather was less than cooperative. Above 12000‘ it turned to snow/hail and visibility was down to 50‘ at times. This made the route finding a little challenging and took the Class 2 work at the summit ridge to Class 2+. It was actually fun to be exposed to near-winter-like conditions, as I knew that the temps would likely only be rising throughout the hike. The weather cost me about 30 minutes on the ascent (for route finding issue above) and as I had to stop to make 2 outfit changes (I shed clothing after it stopped raining around 11000‘ & then had to don everything I had at 12000‘ when it started with the blowing snow).

The descent was around 15 minutes longer than usual as I took the time to respond to each one of the 7-8 groups of hikers still making the ascent, as above 13900‘ was not visible & everyone wanted to know what the conditions were like above. So under ideal conditions I could have made the trip in around 5 hours.

All of the pics shown below were taken post-summit as nothing was visible until around 10AM.

Upper portion of route

View south

View west toward Continental Divide

View of Delaney Gulch stream

Another shot of the upper portion of route

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