Ascent of Mount Sneffels on 2014-08-13

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Sneffels
    Elevation:14150 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

I guess I had done insufficient homework on this peak, so I mistakenly followed another couple climbers up a wrong couloir (this accounted for my 200' of extra gain, and about a fifth of a mile. Fortunately the weather held long enough for me to correct my mistake and reach the summit. The other surprise I encountered was a nasty exposed class 3+ move through a wedge. This one spot was the only climbing required- other than that, it was all class 2 scrambling, albeit over some ugly steep, loose scree. Given the latter, a helmet would be advisable.

Another heads-up- there are now two distinct approach trails (that converge in the main chute) - one starts from the end of the road (12,400') and the other leaves the road at the first switchback around 11,800'. As for the road itself, it's relatively easy (by 4WD standards) to the trailhead at 11,320', but has many challenging sections beyond them.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3030 ft / 922 m
    Elevation Loss:3030 ft / 922 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3030 ft / 922 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:SE couloir
    Trailhead:Road @ 11,320  11320 ft / 3450 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2830 ft / 862 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:SE couloir
    Trailhead:Road @ 11,320  11320 ft / 3450 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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