Sarah and I returned to Yankee Boy Basin for Teakettle, Coffeepot, and Potosi. Our last time in this basin was on our climb of Mt. Sneffels nearly 5 years ago, so we were really excited to be back in such an amazing place. With a stellar weather forecast on the menu, we were able to get a relatively late start (5:30 A.M.) and really enjoy the day.
Mt. Sneffels soaking up the morning alpenglow
early morning light on Teakettle, our first objective of the day
silhouettes of Coffeepot and of Sarah
From this vantage point, it's easy to see how Teakettle got its name. Reaching the summit requires some mild Class 5 climbing, and rappelling is the typical method for getting down.
checking out the crux of the summit tower to see if it would be easy to downclimb or if rappelling would be necessary
I opted to rope up for the crux move. We had lugged the rope and pro all the way up the peak, so it didn't make much sense to take unnecessary risks. After placing a cam (BD #0.5 C4) to protect the crux move, I pulled myself onto the tiny summit. What a thrill!
"I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout..."
Sarah had the summit to herself after I had rappelled off it.
Sarah's head in the wispy clouds with Dallas Peak in the background
Lizard Head, Mt. Wilson, Gladstone, El Diente, and Wilson Peak (L to R)
The Grenadiers and The Needles
Sarah rappelling off the summit
perfect frame for Dallas Peak
Dallas and Sneffels tower above the highest reaches of Yankee Boy Basin
Coffeepot and Potosi framed by Teakettle's handle
looking down into Yankee Boy Basin with Imogene Pass in the background
Sarah making her way along the return to Coffeepot
Potosi and Coffeepot (L to R)
the entirety of our route on Teakettle, starting below the shadowed gully (bottom center) and picking our way through the cliffs up to the summit block (top center)
Yankee Boy Basin showing its splendor
Sarah rappelling off the summit of Coffeepot
I trailed a rope and belayed Sarah up behind me. The climbing here was easier than what we had done on Wham Ridge, and the crumbly rock wasn't likely to hold a fall anyway.
After Teakettle *and* Coffeepot, we were buzzing from all the caffeine.
Capping off a spectacular day, we made a very circuitous ascent of Potosi. This time, the ropes and climbing gear stayed in our packs, which we had stashed at the saddle with Coffeepot.
Potosi's sandy summit was decorated with tons of flowers (Sneffels and Teakettle in the background)
Sarah checking out the exposure from Potosi's summit
Sarah returning from Potosi's summit
After getting cliffed out twice on the descent from Potosi, we were all smiles to be back among the wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin. With the journey taking us almost 9-hours to complete, we had made the most of the impeccable weather.
parting shot of Potosi (3:00 PM and still no thunder!)