Join us to climb Mount Sneffels via the Direct North Buttress. The North Face of Mount Sneffels is one of the most famous and beautiful views in Colorado. The climbing is supposed to be fun and spectacular, and the approach is through a gorgeous basin. I have been wanting to do this route for years so lets make it happen!
We will meet on Friday night, August 9th and drive to the trailhead. Saturday, we will backpack up beautiful Blaine Basin and camp below the North Face. Sunday, we will get up early, climb the North Face, descend back to base camp, backpack out and drive home.
The North Face involves the ascent of a low angle snowfield, multiple pitches of 5.6 climbing, and then scrambling up class 4-5.0 ridges. The descent appears to be easy hiking.
As for the rope teams, you are welcome to lead or follow. If you want to lead you need to be a solid alpine trad 5.6 climber. If you want to follow, you need to have experience following on trad, and be in great shape. Post if you want to lead or follow. We can figure out the climbing teams as the trip gets closer, and also when we meet and see exactly who is going.
Here is some beta:
Follower Mandatory Gear List:
- maybe an ice axe or at least some hiking poles?
- rock climbing shoes
- belay device
- 2 large locking biners
- 2 normal biners
- rappel/belay glove
- prusik slings ( Prusik slings are a 10 foot length and 6 foot length of 6 mm climbing cord. We will show you how to make the slings. Also bring a 3 foot length of 6 mm climbing cord. This can be used as a rappel backup.)
- be ready for any kind of weather
* Also bring some crocs or sandals for the stream crossings
East Dallas Creek Trailhead Directions:
Go West on highway 62 for 4.8 miles from the 550 and 62 junction in Ridgway. Ridgway is 26 miles south of Montrose and 11 miles north of Ouray. Turn south on Ouray County 7 (East Dallas Creek Road) and measure from this point. Go south on 7 (dirt), stay left at 0.3 mile, right at 2.0 mile, and enter the National Forest at 7.2 miles. Stay right and cross East Dallas Creek at 8.2 miles. Take the middle of three forks at 8.8 miles and reach the trailhead after 9.0 miles. There is supposed to be good camping at the trailhead, so just camp there and meet us in the morning.
Saturday Morning Meet:
Lets meet at the East Dallas Creek Trailhead at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. We can see who is going, decide on backpack and climbing gear, and pack our backpacks. The backpack is only 3-4 miles so we can leisurely walk in.
Feel free to call me at[masked] if something comes up.
Lets go climb that beautiful face!
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