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Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

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Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby uperko » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:50 am

Oh well--It was going to be my first time and I was really excited, but the weather was pretty rough. We decided to give it a go anyway. The clouds, rain, snow and occasional very brief patches of sun teased us all the way up. Anyway, we got about 200 yards from the summit when the blizzard hit us hard. We couldnt see more than 5 or 6 feet in front of our faces. Couldn't see the peak or any of the cairns on the boulder field near the summit. So, we sadly, but I think wisely, made the decision to turn back. Better safe than sorry, but I'll be back!! It was still fun anyway! At least I know that had it not been for the snow, I would have made it and that makes me feel pretty good!

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby Theodore » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:07 am

Did you try today, or yesterday? If yesterday, what group were you? My wife and I might have passed you on the way down.

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby nfire » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:23 pm

go again on a nice day, i love yale!

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby mountain_man » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:40 pm

Good work making it that far! The good news is the mountain will most likely be there later for you to summit then.
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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby Shawnee Bob » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:14 pm

Great job, though! Yale is one of the harder Class2 peaks there in terms of exertion that I've done, and you have a fantastic mountain experience to draw from now. Go get it again!
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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby uperko » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:29 pm

My hubby and I went up yesterday (Friday)and saw only 2 other couples and a single guy coming down just above timberline, so I'm sure you were one of them. Its was a great time and I really hope to do it again soon!

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby uperko » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:31 pm

Thanks for the support all! I'm a mid-life starter and have wanted to do this all my life. Finally getting around to it, so I'm sure not going to give up now! I'm hooked, even though it was just an "almost"!

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby bigtrout » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:33 pm

Mt. Yale will be there tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day . . . There are also 57 other 14 ers and 1000 other 13ers (don't forget them), and countless 12ers to climb. Keep climbing! - Bigtrout
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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby Kitten » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:39 pm

Don't give up. Try it again on a nice sunny day and you will make it!
"Do or do not, there is no try"
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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby Theodore » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:15 pm

Green jacket? :D They will always be there for you. Bierstadt is a perfect quick one if you just want to tick one.

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Re: Mt. Yale--I'm still a 14er virgin

Postby uperko » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Yup! Green jacket was me! Thanks for the tip! We'll give Bierstadt a try next!

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