Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  07/28/2007
Date Climbed:   07/25/2007
Author:  womanhiker

 standard--FIRST SOLO!  

I set out on my first solo 14er, 16th one this summer. I was a little nervous, but excited to give it a try. The TH had about five parking spaces left when I arrived. I am assuming most of them were backpacking in somewhere, as I didn‘t see too many people ahead of me on the trail. I left Denny Creek TH at 6:30 am. It was a nice cool morning. The main trail is right in the middle of the parking lot and climbs pretty much right away. The trail is very straight forward, with no questions of where to go. You don‘t have many flat parts on this trail, because you gain about 4300‘ in 4 miles. Here is a look to the south just before you start climbing up the steep part to the saddle.

And here is Yale in front of me.

When you reach the saddle the trail does disappear, as stated in the route description. If you stay to your right, you will see cairns to help you along. The rocks are stabble and it really isn‘t a problem. Once you get to the small false summit, you are good to go the rest of the way. I reached the summit at exactly 10am. Here is looking north and west from the summit.
Here is a good look at Harvard and Columbia, where I conquered both just three days before Yale. 8)
And of course my very first solo summit shot!!
On the summit I met aperry780, feral swan, and a gentleman from New Mexico. I ended up hiking back to the car with feral swan and the gentleman from NM. Thanks guys for the nice hike down!!!

This was a great choice for my first solo 14er. I would highly recommend it to anyone!!!!

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 Comments or Questions

07/29/2007 01:36
I do remember you. Im glad to see you guys made it down o.k. Good luck on your future climbs. What one do you recomend the most?

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