Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  kushrocks
 Date of Info:  11/21/2011
 Date Posted:  11/22/2011

This route started off great as someone had been up the start of this route previously so we did not have to break trail at least to start. Even so traction was helpful. I started off in Microspikes. Around 11,000 trails break off every which way just make sure you take the one to the far right because all the other ones dead end. Snowshoes not necessarily needed for this route. I borrowed a pair but only wore them for about 100 yards just before the route got steep. Around 11,500 we lost the route and took the more direct route straight up hill as things got a lot steeper. We put on crampons which helped. We found and lost the trail about 100 times on the way up as it was drifted over sometimes a few feet deep but it didnít last very long. I would highly recommend crampons going up the gulley and especially on the upper ridge as the boulders and rocks were extremely slick. Once again we had a whiteout on the summit but got some great views on the way down in between light snow showers. Thankfully this day was nowhere near as windy as the day before on Elbert.

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