Jun 22

The conditions on Mt. Sneffels are changing quickly as we reach the summer solstice. Recent warm temperatures and clear skies have melted much of the snow below 12,000 feet on both sides of the mountain. The approach trails are largely free of snow and offer easy travel. Above 12,000 there is still a significant amount of snow. On the standard route approached via Yankee Boy Basin, the upper basin still holds patches of snow and the Lavender Couloir is entirely snow covered. Crampons and ice axes are still recommended for summit climbs at this time.

The Lavender Couloir

The Lavender Couloir on Mt. Sneffels on June 18, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 15

Mt. Sneffels is the most sought after 14’er in the Northern San Juan Range, and for good reason.  The standard Lavender Couloir Route has quality climbing, a relatively short approach, and fantastic views throughout the climb.  But don’t be lured by the siren song of this great mountain without adequate preparation.  Read on to get our top five tips for a successful climb of Mt. Sneffels.

Climbing steep snow in the Lavender Couloir.

Climbing steep snow in the Lavender Couloir on 7/14/16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 16

Mt. Sneffels is one of the most sought after “14’ers” in Colorado.  It offers rewarding climbing and the 14,150′ summit sits proudly above the surrounding peaks in the range.  With training and proper preparation, beginning mountaineers can climb Mt. Sneffels in a single day via the Lavender Col route or the Southwest Ridge route.  To help you find success on your next climb of Mt. Sneffels, check out our list of guide tips below.

Mt. Sneffels Summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 11

The snow is almost entirely melted from the high country and the wildflowers are in full bloom.  It is a beautiful time of year to climb a classic 14’er in Colorado!  Guide Gary Ryan and client Lynn Bailey just returned home from an ascent of the Southeast Ridge of 14,015′ Wetterhorn Peak.  This is a beginner level route with a bit of scrambling and it reaches an unforgettable high summit.  Here are some photos from their trip:

Gary and Lynn are happy mountaineers on the summit of 14,015′ Wetterhorn Peak.

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