Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  06/28/2010
Modified:  06/29/2010
Date Climbed:   06/26/2010
Author:  jeffcady
 Mt. Yale - Denny Creek  

Start Time: 5:45AM

Time to Summit: 4:15

Descent Time: 3:00

Total Trip Time: 7:15

Weather Cond: Partly Cloudy, Temperature - Perfect

Trail Cond: No snow, slightly muddy in some areas

Not having a climbing partner for this trip, I was pleasantly suprised to meet two fellow Texans in the parking lot, Nick and Kevin. Image
Nick and Kevin from Dallas
This was the first time any of us had attempted Yale, and were greeted by a well-defined trail through the treeline. In fact, the trail was quite good all the way to the saddle. Unfortunately, Nick and Kevin's trip was cut short by Nick's ankle injury (not serious, but physically limiting at 13K).

Starting to break through the trees

A look back towards Cottonwood Pass

Jacob's Ladder was everywhere

Mt Princeton peeking out

Taking a break above the treeline

A Mule Deer making her escape

This trail gets steep

Hoping for a clear view on the summit

Finally on the saddle- Mace from C. Springs in background

Not sure what I was thinking at this point, but instead of taking a direct route over the rocks I veered to the left (North). Big mistake! Shorts don't work well in thigh-deep snow. Still, I worked my way back to the crest, and then followed Mace, Mike, and Jodi to the summit.

Got my wish for a clear summit view

Mt Princeton

Mt Harvard

Mike, Jodi, and Jessica's friend (sorry I didn't get your name)

Carefully following Mace through a scrambling area

Overall, this climb was a phenominal experience. Part of the enjoyment was the friends I met during the climb. A big thanks to Nick, Kevin, Mace, Mike, and Jodi for alllowing me to tag along.

I ended up leaving Buena Vista at 2:15AM the next morning to catch a flight back to DFW. At that point, all I could think about was when I was headed back to Colorado.

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 Comments or Questions

Good work!
06/30/2010 00:31
Nice meeting you up there! Mike and I are heading to Antero on Monday...


07/02/2010 17:04
Great trip report was nice meeting you there. Doing a couple more early September. Mt. York kicked butt lol.

Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point first weekend of September. You‘re welcome to come out with us. 719 338-0723. Mace

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