Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  seano732
 Date of Info:  12/29/2012
 Date Posted:  12/31/2012

My friend Matt and I attempted the E ridge Sunday the 30th, from a high camp we established the day before. Road to Avalanche Gulch was clear. We broke trail for 3 miles through sugar to our camp at 12,000 ft. We laid a good trench for the brethren, but be careful near 11,800, we went straight north instead of veering northwest, you‘ll know when you see our tracks and go WTF did they go up there?!?! Set up camp feeling pretty wasted. Guesstemating overnight low of around -5. Got a late start on Sunday , around 0730. Right off the bat, I began having issues with my right foot, namely I couldn‘t feel any of my toes on that foot. Hoping they would improve with movement, we headed up the East Ridge. For those who haven‘t been on it, the E Ridge is AMAZING! Lots of scrambling, killer views, it‘s got it all.... It is however, as Matt said, a no joke situation. A fall on the steeper class 3 sections would have serious consequences. The S side of the ridge was loaded, so we either passed any difficulties to the North, or went straight up on the crest of the ridge. We stopped at Pt. 13420 to rest, and my foot was worse, so we made the difficult decision to descend. I‘m beginning to think Yale simply does‘t want me to stand on top of her in winter....): We went down, packed up camp, slogged out to the car, and drove back to Albuquerque. And yes, that sucked. Gear notes:
Nemo Moki Tent (BOMBER!)
WM -10 degree down bag
Snowshoes needed from top of switchbacks to base of ridge
Brought crampons, didn‘t use them. Microspikes may help higher up on the ridge.

Great experience, physically draining, disappointing ending.... Going to reeval my footwear system for sure. Thanks for reading, Happy New Years! Peace.

#1- Laying the trench
#2- Yeah we're gonna go up th... Wait, what?!
#3- Mattie styling
#4- Yours truly, trying to find his way

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