Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Post Date:  06/15/2011
Modified:  08/11/2015
Date Climbed:   06/15/2011
Posted By:  BillMiddlebrook


 Wetterhorn - East Face Ski   

I've had a Trip Report Alert out there for both the Matterhorn Creek TH and Wetterhorn trip reports and was happy to receive the alert on Monday for the Wetterhorn TR by pioletski. The road was open to the end, just the way I like it.

Date: 6/15/2011
Who: Me
Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek
Elevation Gain: 3,300'
Ski Vertical: 2,300'




Up


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Class 3 rapids - be careful!

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Upper east face

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Uncompahgre

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Ugh

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Gaining the southeast ridge

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Above 13,200 on the standard route

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Passing the Prow (left)

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Top of the snow with view of summit



Down


I started the ski at 8:00am and the snow was about as good as it was going to get. It was softening up but very sun-cupped.

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Nice

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Probably should have worn tooth protection

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Smoothing out the snow

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From sun-cupped to sun-cupped PLUS avy debris. Fun!

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Not bad for June

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The ski out was bumpy but fun

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My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
Mountain Woman


Sweet
06/16/2011 03:04
Thanks for the pics. I like to do Wetterhorn every year, but haven't done it as a spring climb. Just might have to do it.


Nelson



East face
06/16/2011 12:13
Hi Bill,

Did you consider going straight up the east face as a snow climb?

Nelson


BillMiddlebrook


East Face
06/16/2011 13:53
I was going to climb the east face but decided to take the standard route because I wanted to see what it's like when there's snow to deal with on the standard. Climbing the east face would have been much quicker.


Carl


Thanks...
06/16/2011 15:58
We're headed down there Saturday for a sun-cupped ski descent. Thanks for the conditions update. East face does look like it would make a nice climb, if we're not punching through.


zombiewolf


Great Report
06/20/2011 18:30
I am climbing Wetterhorn on Saturday 6/25 and appreciate the beta. So the road was open all the way to the summer TR correct? We will be doing the standard route, do we need cramp-ons for the trip? Looks like it to me. We do have snow shoes to get through the basin, but was unsure if cramp-ons were necessary.
GREAT REPORT


BillMiddlebrook


Road
06/22/2011 15:38
The road is open to the end. Crampons might still be helpful in some spots, but you could probably do it without as long as you have an axe. There's snow up to and on the SW ridge (standard) and a few steep patches before the Prow.


zombiewolf


Thanks
06/23/2011 15:29
Thanks Bill....on our way for a Saturday ascent.

Thanks again



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