Explore Colorado: Climbing Mt. Yale

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What happens when you take co-workers and friends up a 14er in May? 

You get a funny and memorable experience with weather that changes in seconds.

Expert mountaineer Chris Tomer led our group up Mount Yale.  It’s one of the 14er Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Mountains.

It’s close to Buena Vista, which is a little over two hours from Denver. 

From the Denny Creek Trailhead, it’s 9.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of almost 4,300 feet.  The trailhead elevation is 9,900 feet and summit elevation is 14,196 feet.

We had a few experienced climbers in our group and a few first timers, including new Good Day Colorado anchor Nick Emmons.

Two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner joined us for the hike.  He has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, and competed in races such as the Ironman and Boston Marathon.

Radiation from his second bout with cancer left Sean with only one functioning lung. Sean and his brother Seth founded the Cancer Climber Association.

It’s an organization dedicated to motivating those living with cancer.

In July, Sean will lead a group of other cancer survivors up Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Enjoy Buena Vista and the hot springs after your climb.  A great place to stay with a group is in the cabins at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort.

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