Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  03/06/2009
Modified:  03/07/2009
Date Climbed:   03/02/2009
Author:  gelight15
 Mt. Yale - West Slope from Denny Creek  

Started the ascent on the trailhead at 0630. The drive to the Denny Creek trailhead was easy, with no snow/ice on the roads anywhere between Denver and the parking lot.

The trail was snowpacked most of the way until the sharp ascent toward the back of the bowl out of the treeline. We didn't need snowshoes until that point.

Snow conditions were fine all the way up. Above about 13000ft snowshoes were not required with the summit ridge being hiked without any issues. Wind was a factor with gusts up to 40+ miles an hour but the temp was not too bad.

It was a great day, and a pretty average winter ascent.

Note the restaurants in Buena Vista close early on Mondays so we had a very hungry drive until Frisco.

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 Comments or Questions
Easy Rider

03/07/2009 06:15
Nice work making it out of the trees there. Did you use snowshoes? I was surprised to see you up on the ridge. How about that wind!


Nice work
03/07/2009 13:49
You didn‘t happen to see a lone snowshoe anywhere around that clearing right before treeline, did you?


03/07/2009 15:51
One would think after a few winter ascents we would of been smart enough to wear/bring our snowshoes. We made the call not to use them based on the conditions at the trailhead - a rookie mistake. We were a couple miles back before we needed them - and we really, really needed them. Probably added a few hours to our trip. Next time we will strap them to our packs and have them ready when needed.

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