Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
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Date Climbed:   07/27/2005
Author:  seannunn
 Yale from Denny Creek Trailhead 7-27-05  

On 7-27-05, I climbed Mount Yale solo from the Denny Creek Trailhead. I was originally planning to start about 6am, but when I got up the entire campsite was shrouded in clouds, so I rolled over and went back to sleep. I had just about given up when the clouds clear about 8-8:30am. I decided to go ahead and try. Because of the late start and my guess that there would be many people on the mountain, I opted to climb light: a Camelback, 2 PowerBars, a pocket New Testament (always want a Bible with me if something bad happens), and a camera.
There is a turn-off after 500 and 0.9 miles that is described in Roachs book as somewhat difficult to find, but since the book was published, a sign has been put there, making it obvious. Not knowing this, I cross the creek a couple of times in a futile attempt to find this trail. Once I reached the sign, it was smooth sailing. I was up in a little over 2.5 hours. The top must require more careful routefinding than I am capable of in order to stay class 2, because I ended up having to do some easy, unexposed class 3 scrambling the last few hundred feet, but no big deal, in fact it was more fun after 3500 of steep trail climbing.
On the way up, and once on top, I met a large (10?) group of high schoolers from St. Louis. Also, on the way up and again on the way back down, I met a family with an 8-year-old girl that I assume summitted. Congratulations, if you are out there, what a tremendous achievement!! With a beautiful wife and 2 daughters waiting for me at the bottom, I only stayed at the top long enough to snap the summit pic and look around a bit. Descended in about 1 hr. 40 minutes. Great day for a climb.

Sean Nunn

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