| Glissading down Wetterhorn
Starting elevation: 11,500
Start time: 6.30am
Back to camp: 11.30am
We started from camp at 11,500 from the Matterhorn TH. The day started with sunshine and clear skies. A picture of Wetterhorn.
The trail was pretty much free of snow till we got just below the saddle at 13,000. At that time in the morning the snow is hard and easy to walk on.
Once on the saddle you can see the ridge that goes up to Wetterhorn. I did not realized when I took this picture but it is taken exactly from the same spot as the one on Bill’s route description
There was one more snow crossing at the ridge, as you can see from the previous picture. Also, you can see some hikers on the ridge.
Once passed the ridge the climb starts and the exposure gets more serious. This is a pic taken before getting to the Prow.
The trail is easy enough to follow as it is marked by cairns, this is a look back at the trail.
We went through the “V” notch mentioned in the route description (I did not take pictures on this one). After that, we took a route on the right side that was marked by cairns but then later realized that it was more exposed than the standard one. Anyway, we made it to the Prow, where there was a little bit of snow crossing.
Climbing through the notch…
More climbing after that, just before reaching the summit…
Looking down… (do not look! Just climb up…)
Finally at the summit. A view of Uncompahgre and Matterhorn.
And he wants to be in the picture as well.
We spent about 1 hour at the summit, it was so warm and nice that we did not want to hurry it. So, we started hiking down around 10am.
On the way down we took our time through the steep sections. But once we got to the snow the fun started. We glissade about 1,000 vertical feet, avoiding all those snow crossings with soft snow. It was so fun that I only had time to take one picture, but you can see my “tracks” on the snow. It took us only an hour and a half to get down to camp.
And back to camp before the storm came… You can see how the clouds were already forming up there. It was very warm in the morning but the temperatures dropped about 20 degrees by the time we got back to the parking lot.
Overall it was a very fun and enjoyable climb and one of our favorites. I highly recommend it!
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