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 Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
 Post Date:  07/13/2008
 Date Climbed:   07/12/2008
 Posted By:  ezsuperkev

 Vengeance on Mt Yale   

Three times last year I attempted to summit Mt Yale but had to turn back. Once beacuse of early thunderstorms, another because I just didn't feel great, and another because of high winds and blowing snow near the summit ridge.

This past Saturday shredthegnar10 (Amy) joined me for my hopefully last attempt on Yale. We crawled out of the tent at 4am and were
on the trail by 545am. About 3/4 of a mile up the trail we stopped so I could pull out my Camelback tube and attach it to my shoulder straps. To my shock and horror the entire 100oz Camelback was empty. We both saw me fill it up the night before, where the hell did the water go ?? luckily I had another 3 32oz Nalgenes of water but I really wanted more.

So 3/4 of a mile in and the mountain is already testing me. No way I said as I stopped at the next stream bed and filled the Camelback up with completely unfiltered untreated water.

Take that stupid mountain !!

(I drank a little bit of it on the way down with no ill effects)

The hike through treeline is pretty nice with some steep sections. But the trail after treeline is just brutal. It's steep with very few rocks on which to use for a good purchase on the slope. Instead you just slog your way up the sand and pebble filled trail until you reach the summit ridge.


My calves were not happy by the time I reached the summit ridge but then the rest of me was even more unhappy since I realized
we still had a couple hundred feet of rock/boulder scrambling to reach the summit.

Amy heading up the summit boulder field.


Amy on the first false summit.


Finally at 945am we reached the summit. I was never so happy at finally conquering my nemisis.

Amy took this picture of me on the summit.


Here is a cool picture of Amy descending the summit through the boulder field.


The decent when fine until on the crossing of the log bridge over the stream one of the far branches/logs gave way causing me to slip
and completely fall backwards on the stupid log bridge. Took me about a minute to free my foot. The only thing I can think of was the
mountain was trying to seek revenge on me for daring to summit it.

Besides no water, bad water, and a near death experience over a stream crossing it was a great great day.


ps. And where did the water in the Camelback go. Apparently I threw something in the pack and it caused the bite valve to be pinched between the object and the ground. It all must have leaked out while I was asleep.

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  • Comments or Questions

Congrats to both of you!     2008-07-13 23:19:20
Nemesis or not you weren‘t going let it intimidate you


Kev     2008-07-14 11:16:14
Yale is a slog biatch, I wasn‘t too fond of it myself. Its that whole Yale thing according to Pat Bateman I guess.


Hey Kevin!     2008-07-15 13:51:59
Glad to see you finally nailed this one... I know it was haunting you for a while. Looks like a nice day up there!

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