Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  03/26/2010
Date Climbed:   03/21/2010
Author:  Boggy B
 A non-winter ascent of Mount Yale (via Denny Creek)  

This one's a real TR. Sorry for all the words and stuff. Enjoy!

A non-winter ascent of Mount Yale

 Comments or Questions
Boggy B

Glad you found it helpful
02/05/2011 00:22
Hopefully conditions improve for you. Yale has plenty of winter possibilities which appear to be more direct and are likely safer than the standard route this time of year.


Enjoyed the story.
11/30/2010 17:28
"It was nearly 3pm. Daniel, having summited his first fourteener, gave something akin to an Oscar acceptance speech. Sarah was going on about a free sandwich. Jason tried to do a handstand. Mark and Rod offered a dramatic re-enactment of the stumbling and collapsing onto the summit, which Leonard filmed for his upcoming documentary "Mount Yale, the Savage Mountain."" Sounds like a sweet Rocky Mountain high. I enjoyed the story and photos, as usual, and the exposure to solo/group decision dynamic. I'm considering a Yale attempt in the next month or two - thanks for posting the report.

Steve - I think I've read the articles you mention but wasn't aware that you were involved in those incidents. I always look at tragic stories as a lessoned learned rather than reason to blame. Thank you for sharing the additional detail. You provide a powerful reminder to take responsibility for my own actions, while remaining aware of how my actions can impact other people with disasterous consequences. This is a most important lesson as I have been asked to lead a novice hiking group from work up an "easy" 14er this summer.

Boggy B

Taking personal responsibility
03/29/2010 15:07
Thanks Steve. Although I didn‘t feel like delving into it in my TR, there was one spot in particular just below the summit ridge where I didn‘t feel safe at all but kept going. I could have made it safe by going a different way but I wasn‘t in the lead and I just followed the tracks.

So I hope I learned something.

I was just talking with Jim yesterday about this--assuming a group can make a better decision isn‘t always wise.


Good Job Michael
11/30/2010 17:28
Follow your instincts and when you join a group, continue to take personal responsibility. One author, who makes appearances on this site, holds me personally reponsible for the deaths of two climbers who he says I lulled into following me like sheep.

His crack research didn't turn up the two women who, left behind by their team, walked over over to the lip of the cornice overhanging our heads and knocked 1000 lbs of snow on our team while greeting us with a "good morning!"

Another author, whose friends had left the women on the cornice to wait, blames me for not getting my team to the top of the col until 9:30AM. His argument has great in merit; even more if the inexperienced weren't the one's left behind to endanger climbers who were still ascending. I always wondered, BTW, how they intended to accopmplsh their descent. Seems it came an hour later than the 9:30AM slide.

I'm glad you encountered a compatible team and still watched out for yourself. A fun winter peak.


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