Peak(s):  Teakettle Mtn  -  13,819 feet
Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Dallas Pk  -  13,809 feet
El Diente Peak  -  14,159 feet
Mt. Wilson  -  14,246 feet
Gladstone Pk  -  13,913 feet
Wilson Peak  -  14,017 feet
Date Posted:  11/05/2015
Date Climbed:   09/17/2015
Author:  Stratosfearsome
 Three Sapphire days above Telluride  


Sublime Climb Times



9/17/2015 : Teakettle Mtn, Mt. Sneffels
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9am. Leaving Yankee Boy Basin at 11,300ft. Potosi Pk. 13,786 to East.

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Looking North to Teakettle from about 11,800ft

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Beside the Coffee Pot, Looking NW at Teakettle. Black gully is center right.

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Looking back SE at Coffee Pot and Potosi Pk.

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Crux of Teakettle. 30-40ft. Good rock.

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Summit of Teakettle. Not much room to jump around.

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My version of "how far I can run in 10 seconds." My camera had 12 of these failed attempts!"

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There we go. Good enough.

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Back to the jeep around 2pm. Time for Sneffels SW Ridge.

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Approaching Blue Lakes Pass (12,700ft)

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Finale up Sneffels. About 14k. Sensational climbing.

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The summit view East by Southeast.

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Should have bought that tripod.

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One last glance at Teakettle. I'll be back!

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Rocky shortcut to Telluride. Highest point my jeep has ever been. Another example of how far Rob can go in 10 seconds.

9/18/2015 : Dallas Pk.
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Stan's shortcut, but crossed the creek too early and climbed a sketchy chimney with a dead tree in it.

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Leaving the Skyline Trail, looking North at Dallas. About 11,800ft.

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Above 12k, the route skirts right under the cliffs to a notch.

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Approaching the summit tower. At 13,600 or so. The tower in the center is the one!

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Dallas crux. 5.3 felt about right.

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Woohoo, made it despite all those built up fears and self-doubts. Sneffels to NE.

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Rappelling NE corner.

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"Aim for the hole 85 feet below!" - Good call, Gerry.

9/19/2015 : El Diente, Mt. Wilson, Badstone Pk, Wilson Pk.
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Rock of Ages saddle, looking at Wilson Pk.

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Navajo Basin. Mt. Wilson (Left) and El Diente (Right)

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El Diente, North Buttress. Great scramble, 4 inches of snow above 13,800ft.

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Left spikes in car, and no axe, but it went with some creativity and luck.

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So what if I'm a dork sometimes?

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One of the four great 14er traverses. El Diente to Mt. Wilson. South side is snow free!

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Looking back at 'the tooth!'

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Gladstone and Wilson Pk from Mt. Wilson

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I try not to take selfies, you know?

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Approaching Gladstone and traversing from Mt. Wilson to the 'Glacier' between them.

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A lovely gully up to the N. ridge of Badstone that I climbed.

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North Ridge up Gladstone. Trust nothing! "Probably Wobbly"

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Wilson Pk. from the Summit of Gladstone. 5:30pm

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What I just descended, slowly.

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Man, I miss Donkey Kong. That game was great.

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Fading Sun on Mt. Wilson and El Diente

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Summit of Wilson Pk. @ 7:40pm. Headlamp stopped working.Camera light guided me back to TH at 11pm. Turned 30 the next day. What a capstone to my 20s!



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 Comments or Questions
Jay521

Another one...
11/05/2015 14:47
... that is impossible not to like... You’ve had quite the run! Love your humor.


Stratosfearsome

Cheers, Jay!
11/05/2015 16:29
Thanks, man. I was really lucky with the weather this whole season and with my stock jeep not breaking down and with staying healthy. Sometimes the stars align...


Mtnman200

Wow...
11/07/2015 19:59
You really covered some ground in just a few days. Nicely done. I feel tired just reading about it!


Stratosfearsome

Thank you!
11/17/2015 10:32
I had a good run this September. First time in the San Juan Mountains and they truly charmed me.



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