Mt. Yale stands at nearly 14,200 ft in the Sawatch range. It is technically a very easy, straight forward, class 2, and relatively short climb as far as 14-ers go. I had nothing better planned for Friday, November 19th, so I decided to go bag it. Well, as the day neared, the weather forecast seemed to be getting worse as far as the wind goes. I was hoping they were wrong, or that at least I can top it off by the time the gusts increase to anything too crazy. I was too optimistic to say the least - or the forecast lied big time. It was a full moon night, and the drive was uneventful.
I got to Denny's creek TH by 6:30 and ready to roll. The temps were relatively mild, 18F, and in the trees I felt wonderfully cozy, even if already sensed the wind is out there.