On the 3rd day of this week 14ers climbing spree I decided to climb Mount Yale. While at 2AM it was around 45F at trailhead and no wind I decided to wear some tights to keep legs warm at the summit. Good choice, it was cold and windy at the top and I try to spend time to enjoy the summit (how often do you get there?), especially when you get there way before sunrise.
The hike to Yale is pretty straight forward. Very good trail all the way to the last climb, which is all large boulder traverse, it was fun part in complete darkness, I had to turn my headlight all the way up to spot the cairns…and notice to the side drops of darkness… not where you go, haha
My 22nd 14er overall and was fifth this week. 30 something to go 😎
On the first photo you can see Buena Vista down in the valley. On the second one I’m looking at Mount Harvard and Columbia. So close yet far away!
Btw, if you do this one, highly recommend to stop at the Cottonwood Hotsprings Spa..get a day pass and soak your mussels and joints in nice 106F temps pool.
The fourth 14er on my three day climbing spree was the Huron Peak. I slept in and started bit after 7am, so got up to the summit in full morning sun, still happen to be first one, with couple other folks showing up about 30 minutes later.
Great hike with awesome views. On the photo to the right is La Plata Peak…all the way back.
Huron being one of the lowest, I had to jump up to add a few inches and see if air bit thinner…😃
If you can drive up all the way to the trail head, highly recommend, otherwise add additional few miles to your hiking. @t.the.yota got me there and allowed some comfy sleep as well…
I took a few days off work to get away from it all and climb some mountains. Three days and five 14ers added to my list. Pretty awesome week!
On the first day I climbed three:
Mt Belford 14,203
Mt Oxford 14,160
Missouri Mt 14,074
Total length 16.4 miles
Elevation gain 7,333 ft
Managed to get to the Belford right before sunrise. It is an awesome experience to see sun rising from the tallest mountains on this continent. You should try sometime, but if cannot then see it via my photos! Sun was rising right above Mt Oxford and to the right you can see Mt Harvard. Mt Oxford was second, which requires to drop into saddle about 700 feet down and then gradually make back up to the top. I’m pointing to the Mt Belford… where I just came from.
Mt Belford and Mt Oxford usually combined into one climb (to get to Oxford you have to first do Belford), but Missouri Mt is slightly off to the side but does share the same trailhead and there is way to connect to it from the Mt Belford so I decided do all 3 at the same time! On the 3rd photo right above my head is La Plata Peak… and to the left is Huron Peak.
You might notice that in every photo I have different look, at sunrise 5 layers, on second a bit warmer and 4 layers, and then finally middle of the day only one layer… temperatures swing good 40+ degrees up there!