Ascent of Mount Yale on 2017-12-31

Climber: Jonathan Scislow

Others in Party:Elliot Matthews
Date:Sunday, December 31, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Yale
    Elevation:14196 ft / 4326 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started at the Denny Creek trailhead at 5:39am for the Southwest Slopes route. The beginning of the hike was a lot of low incline slopes in the woods. From there you start an ascent to treeline. Above treeline to the ridge seemed incredibly long.

I was tired by the time we hit treeline. I think that was a mix of conditioning and most of all, going straight from Denver to climbing the peak with no camp at the base. I mostly just felt exhaustion, no other AMS symptoms. This got progressively more difficult as the day went on. I was behind Elliot and winds were picking up so he couldn't wait around and went for the summit first. I was very tired, but also topped out. I was literally the only single person on the peak (there were only 5 people on the entire mountain including us).

The summit ridge was extremely windy and cold. 20F with ~40mph sustained wind high on the mountain. The windchill was -5F! The cold and wind dragged on and left us very worn out by the end of the day. Scrambling on a ridge to reach the summit is interesting in that wind and cold to say the least.

On descent we go WAY off track and had to bushwhack it back. At least we got to use the snowshoes we had been carrying all day.

It ended up taking us 11 hours to summit and get back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4300 ft / 1310 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:Southwest Slopes
    Trailhead:Denny Creek Trailhead  9896 ft / 3016 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Cold and Windy!
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 6 Hours 21 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 4 Hours 40 Minutes

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