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Ascent of Mount Sneffels on 2008-08-09

Climber: Peter Blaser

Others in Party:Mike & Leanne Strauss
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sneffels
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14150 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was definitely the hardest hike I've done thus far, even though it was the shortest. We started late (~10:30am) since we had to rent a jeep to get up into Yankee Boy in the morning. Everything was extremely beautiful. The initial hike and climb to the col was pretty much as expected. The rocks and scree were loose, but if you stayed to the left or right it was OK. Watch for loose falling rock dislodged by other hikers.

After the col, we turned left to go up the coular. The rocks were bigger and just as loose. Still not a big deal, except the top 50 yards or so were still snow covered. By time we were descending the snow was really soft and slick. I had to self-arrest.

The top was cloud covered which was disappointing. There were brief breaks so we could see some of the scenery. The view top was probably the most beautiful I've seen, but I never got to see it all at once.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast



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