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 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
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View south
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View west toward Continental Divide
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View of Delaney Gulch stream
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Another shot of the upper portion of route
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