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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  06/26/2008
 Date Climbed:   06/19/2008
 Posted By:  Jack Brauer

 Sneffels by Moonlight   

Last week (Thursday June 19) I did a great hike up Mount Sneffels in the moonlight.

After catching a few ZZZs at home in Ouray, I woke up and got out of bed at 1am, drove up to the spring trailhead in Yankee Boy, and started hiking by 1:45. The full moon was brilliant and I had no trouble at all seeing my way.

Walking on the snow was a tricky since the surface had melted into deep suncup ridges and runnels. It reminded me of walking on railroad tracks... a bit awkward.

Nevertheless, I made good time, and donning my crampons below the Lavender Col, I made it to the summit at 4:15am. The air was really calm and the temps not too cold. I relaxed on the summit for about an hour before the sun started to rise, just soaking in the massive vista of peaks illuminated by moonlight. Once dawn light started glowing, I set up my camera and had some fun taking photos of the vista during dawn and sunrise light.

I left the summit at 6:30am and got back to my truck just as other hikers were just setting off! After the quick ride back to Ouray, I crawled back into bed and slept until the afternoon.

All in all, this was one of those magical hikes where everything comes together perfectly. Unfortunately I don‘t have any moonlight exposures from the way up, but here‘s some of my photos of the sunrise from the top.

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Dawn light illuminates Gilpin Peak, among others. This was a several minute exposure.

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The full moon sets above the San Miguel Range, which includes three fourteeners: Wilson Peak, Wilson Mountain, and El Diente.

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Sunrise light shines on Kismet, the peak in front. Potosi is in the upper left.



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  • Comments or Questions
Carl


Wow!!     2011-05-02 08:23:28
Those shots are awesome. Thanks for sharing. You've got a great collection on your site, that picture of Lone Eagle with the reflection is amazing.


Phill the Thrill


Amazing!     2008-06-26 11:57:44
Love those shots from the summit. Thanks for sharing.


Britette


Beautiful!     2008-06-26 14:59:33
As always, Jack, beautiful shots.


pklotzbach

Fantastic Photos!     2008-06-26 16:17:48
Those are some of the best mountain shots I‘ve ever seen. Thanks for posting them!



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