Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  06/24/2013
Date Climbed:   06/14/2013
Author:  rburnett
 Denny Creek to Yale  

Our group of five (two dads in our fifties with our three teenage sons) got started from Denny Creek TD @ 6:30 AM.
We were pleasantly surprised to see how much snow melt had occurred since posted trip reports from earlier in the month.
Our sea-level lungs took a beating with the steady elevation gain but the trail is in remarkable shape & easy to navigate.
I had expected from photos & Google Earth that there would be a relatively gentle grade between 12,000 & the switchbacks below the saddle but no such luck.
The steep pitch to the saddle @ 14,000 ft was obviously the most taxing but the summit was in sight.
After a short rest on the saddle the three teens lead the way scrambling over the boulder field only to realize there is a roughly defined trail that traverses to the right (south) side of this 1st false summit.
We regrouped and reached the summit more methodically using some of the remaining snow to our advantage.
My son's 1st comment at the top - "My phone has 4 bars!"
When he finally looked up and we stated naming peaks in view he and the others were really in awe.
Our total assent time was right at 5 hours.
During our 45 minute stay on top the wind alternated between 40 mph gusts and dead calm.
Our decent took 3 1/2 hours even though it seemed like the mountain had added about a mile to the trail since we passed on our way up.
Overall, the hike was a great experience & a worthy 1st summit for our teen boys, the closest they will come to an Ivy League school.......

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