This is part of an ongoing series re-telling Brittany’s fourteener-skiing story. Look for the reports every Thursday, as part of a Throwback Thursday theme.
Frank and I went a good two months without skiing fourteeners after Lincoln and Bross before tackling Mt. Yale. This would be my 11th fourteener skied. I was joined by Frank and our friend Pete Sowar. Below is a slightly edited version of our trip reports, part from me, and part from Frank. Frank and I were both cameraless at the time, so all photos are courtesy of Pete Sowar.
Mt. Yale, 14,196′
Feb 5th, 2007
Mt. Yale is a fourteener lying just west of the town of Buena Vista, CO, in the Sawatch range. This area of the range doesn’t get much snow, and what it does get is often blown off by the winds. It was first climbed in 1869 and was named for the alma-mater of Josiah Whitney, A USGS surveyor and the same man that Mt. Whitney, CA’s highest peak, was named for. Other peaks in the area were also named for colleges, like Princeton and Harvard, resulting in the area now being called the collegiate range.
With the recent wind wreaking havoc on many areas, we decided to blow off the search for good powder and climb and ski a fourteener, just because it’s there.
I headed over to the Salida area just in time to catch the superbowl sunday night at a friend of a friend’s. Brittany arrived later from a comp in Aspen where she was coaching her “little girls” at a mogul comp. We enjoyed the Super Bowl and some Wii games after:
We later met up with our friend Pete Sowar. A nice semi leisurely start had us at the trailhead by 9 the next morning.
Mt Yale, as seen from Denny gulch. We followed the snow, traversed right over some rocks, and repeated the process.
Much of the climb above treeline was a bootpack on dry ground.