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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  05/24/2010
 Date Climbed:   05/13/2010
 Posted By:  dholm

 Mount Sneffels - Birthday Chutes   

Mount Sneffels 14150'
Via Birthday Chutes
May 13th, 2010

We arrived to Yankee Boy Basin at 1 AM the night before and camped out at ~11,000. The road was iced over in spots and we saved the last bit of the driving for the next morning. We got a few hours of sleep before our 5 AM wakeup. All six of us squeezed into Chad's truck and drove the remaining half mile to the TH. The road was rough but we had no issues making it to the summer TH at 11,400. We were on the trail at around 6:15 AM and began making our way up Yankee Boy Basin. There was plenty of snow in the area and we were able to skin from the TH. It was an uneventful skin to the base of the Birthday Chutes. We were glad that, as was forecasted, it was cool and cloudy. This allowed us to take our time. There were a few options for both the climb and ski. We decided to climb a steeper couloir that was lookers left from the most obvious option. Image Blue = ascent, red = descent. Image This left us with a traverse along the west ridge to the summit Image The couloir peaked at an angle of about 50 degrees. The traverse was exposed and exciting. It was a great climb. Image Image We reached the summit at around 10:30 AM. Image We skied right off the summit. The first turns worked above some cliff bands over to a couloir. The couloir was ~50 degrees and there were a few narrow sections. It wasn't too crazy but you definitely didn't want to fall. Image Image The snow was not quite corn, but it softened up enough to make turns manageable. We then regrouped at the bottom and skied out the basin. It rained and sleeted most of the afternoon. We moved camp to the 4WD TH at 11,400' and stayed there for the night. The sleet turned to snow and continued throughout the night.



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  • Comments or Questions
mountainmicah83


Wow     2010-05-27 10:17:02
Don‘t know how I missed this TR before. I wanted to do this last weekend but chickened out due to the wind. Great job. It looks like you guys had a blast.



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