Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Date Posted:  09/25/2008
Date Climbed:   09/21/2008
Author:  Wentzl

 Sneffels - SW Ridge  

On the last day of summer the road up Yankee Boy Basin was snow free and dry right to the end above 12,000‘. Image Image The hike up to Blue Lake Pass was still snow free, but north facing slopes at that elevation were white. Image Looking down at the lakes from the pass Image The route up the SW Ridge was also free of snow with only a dusting at the summit. Image The North side routes would be tricky with the thin new snowcover. Image Going down the standard route to the saddle between Yankee Boy and Blain Basin was snow free as well, even in the notch (which I usually avoid anyway by staying on the ridge just south of the gully.

A perfect last day of summer, including a short snow squall. Image This little guy agrees. Image

I am new to the site. This is my first trip report. Not much info here, but I look forward to contributing to this excellent resource in the future. This was my 50th time up Mt. Sneffels!!

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 Comments or Questions

09/28/2008 05:57
pics are great and really give an insight to what to expect there now. glad you made it safely


Holy Crap...
09/26/2008 02:18
50th time!?! Obviously you still enjoy congrats!


8000 words
09/26/2008 19:54
”Not much info here, but I look forward to contributing to this excellent resource in the future. ”

If a picture is really worth a thousand words, then there‘s plenty of info here. I was surprised to see that much snow on the route. It should give SW ridgers an idea what they‘re in for.

Thanks for the contribution.



Response to Steve
09/26/2008 20:20
Hey Steve; Thanks for the comment. The snowy picture was looking down the north side from the summit. The SW ridge was generally snow free. You could have done the route that day in tennis shoes and had dry feet all day!

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