Colorado is famous for its large number of fourteeners, or > 14,000 foot peaks, and as many as seven are within a two hour drive of Telluride. Mt. Sneffels in particular is only a few miles away as the crow flies, although it takes an hour to get there. Anyone is welcome to join in on this hike, which will be led by Brian Mingus.


As always, the Ten Essentials ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials) are recommended, however, it is not necessary for every person to have all of that gear. In particular I will bring the following, which everyone can share:

  • GPS / digital compass
  • Topographic map
  • First aid kit
  • Water filtration pump
  • Knife / multitool
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Matches
  • Extra food and water

You should bring:

  • Backpack
  • Several liters of water
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Warm Jacket, preferably but not necessarily waterproof
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Crampons or snowshoes (we will rent these - more info soon)


The number of people who sign up will determine how many vehicles we need to either borrow or rent. Renting a vehicle can be as cheap as $50 for a day, although we may want vehicles with four wheel drive for the last mile of the drive. Plan to leave town at 4:30 AM on the day we decide to leave, to be hiking by 6 AM, and to be off the summit as early in the afternoon as we can manage as a group to avoid thunderstorms.

Because of the unseasonably snowy weather we will undoubtedly encounter snow along part of the way and so snowshoes (for where it is flat) and/or crampons (for near the summit) will be required. I will inquire into renting these at Telluride sports.