After a long drive Thursday night we pulled into this area suitable for camping at about 10,700' along the Camp Bird Mine Road just below Yankee Boy Basin. We awoke at 5:30am on Friday morning for a 6:00am departure towards 14er Mount Sneffels.
Looking up into Governor's Basin
Yankee Boy Basin still has plenty of snow. Plenty of skier tracks in the basin made us envious.
Our first objective for the day was Gilpin Peak, 13,694'
Bill in Yankee Boy Basin around 11,600'
Steep snow up a cornice to gain the north ridge to Gilpin
Telluride ski area from the ridge. The Hardrock 100 course come down the basin left of the ski area.
14er Mount Sneffels, 14,150', seen from Gilpin Peak. Later we would climb one of the Birthday Chutes on the south face (the face facing us in this photo)
Self portrait, Gilpin Peak, 13,694', 6/13/2008, 8:39am.
View of Governor's Basin and Virginius Pass (notch in ridge almost dead center of photo)
Heading up the south face of Mount Sneffels to access one of the Birthday Chutes
Looking down the chute we climbed with deposited us on the southwest ridge about 300' below the summit
Along the upper portion of the SW ridge nearing the summit...
Bill celebrates his final Colorado 14er summit!
Self portrait, Mount Sneffels, 14,150', 6/13/2008, 11:05am
Dangerous ice ax wielding Bill
Dallas Peak, 13,809', in the foreground with 14er Wilson Peak just above and left of Dallas. Further left are Gladstone Peak, Mount Wilson and South Mount Wilson
Descending Sneffels via the standard route down to Lavender Col.
Another view of Virginius Pass, notch in center of photo, on the descent.
What a beautiful place to be on such a fantastic day!
The plowed road in Yankee Boy Basin with ice ax in snow for scale. Those avalanche paths are deep!
That afternoon we drove over to Telluride. We had time so we went to do some sport climbing on the conglomerate rock at Pipeline Wall. This is a view of the Bridal Veil Falls on the approach to the climbing.
Looking up a bolted three pitch route we don't know the name of.
Telluride seen from pitch 2 of the route.
Bill enjoys the fantastic position on the arete with a beautiful backdrop