Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  07/10/2006
Date Climbed:   07/08/2006
Author:  jpengell
 Soggy and Foggy with Team G  

How do fellow weekend warriors? I'm hoping that everyone's bivey's and skivey's have dried out after the wet and wild weekend. Team G and guest Jimbo headed down to our home away from home (Buena Vist) for what was going to be a two day, two bagger. Complete with fishing and camping. We rolled into town at our usual late Friday evening arrival time, and slept at the Collegiate Peaks Campground just down the road from the Denny Creek Trailhead. While Jimbo picked the bivey sack Team G cuddled in the Blazer. Short night as usual, and we hit the trailhead early. The Denny Creek trail is very easy to follow and kind of meanders through the woods for a good mile + before you really put up much elevation at all. There is a turnoff following a small foot bridge that is at ~11K (you need to find this). Denny creek intersects Delaney creek here. The trek to the top was interesting as the weather was really socked in around us. The trail is quite wide, and easy to follow, eroded a bit, and ripe for a CFI makeover. The only technical part of the trip is the last 1/4 mile to the summit. The ridge has several trails leading across it but look for the cairns on the South side. They will help you get up the easier part of it. The view from the top left a little something to be desired, as you really couldn't see past your nose due to the heavy clouds and fog. Started to rain a bit on the summit and we headed for the 'barn'. The descent was quick and we passed a number of groups that had mixed feelings about continuing their ascent. By the time we got back to the blazer it was a pretty good down pour and we were soaked!

The plan was to head straight to Huron, but with the weather we altered course and headed to Cottonwood Pass Hot Springs. Just to put to sleep the rumors of 'clothing optional' this time of year the 'resort' does require a swimsuit. With the exception of a couple lassies from the front range the rest of the guests looked like washed up versions of Keith Richards.....For all the kidos out there just remember that 'butterfly tattoo' your mom told you not to get when you were 18 is going to turn into an ugly duckling and fly south for the winter in 30 years....get my drift (pun intended)?

After the soak in the springs it was off to BV for a 'pit stop' and re-fuel at the Larriot. Had a great grilled cheese with Terresa the bar keep and watched sheets of water pour over the sidewalk of the Chaffee County Times office. By this time the little rain storm had been upgraded to a full out 'toad strangler'. I'll quote my favorite irish proverb and remind everyone that 'while it may pour outside, it never rains in the pub'. Needless to say it was time to pull the plug on camping and find shelter for the night....Huron was a no go...better luck next time...

Final thoughts: 'Just remember when life gives you rain, wait it out and have an Amber Bock...there has to be a rainbow close behind....and maybe some leprecauns too'.....(I love their shoes!)

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