Me and Mike left Pueblo at 3:15AM in Mike's car and headed for Lake City. We ended up getting to the Redcloud/Sunshine trail head at 8:14AM and started hiking.
I was instantly impressed with the San Juans (this was my first time climbing in the San Juans.) The meadow below Redcloud was huge!
Before long we made it to the saddle.
Redcloud's summit reminded me a lot of the Mosquito Range.
We summited Redcloud at 10:21AM.
Since we had a lot more hiking that day we headed right over to Sunshine.
Looking back at Redcloud.
We summited Sunshine at 10:58AM.
We went back over Redcloud, and got to the car at 1:30PM. We drove up to the American Basin Trailhead for Handies, getting there at 2:11PM. (Sorry to the guy who asked if we're on 14ers while we were driving up the road. We couldn't talk because we were in a hurry.)
The whether looked clear so we started up Handies.
I liked the Handies hike, it was all meadows with big cliffy mountains around.
We summited Handies at 3:30PM.
We encountered a little rain on the way down Handies. No thunder or lightning thankfully though.
The road back into Lake City proved to be too rough for Mike's car. His wheel fell off and the spindle broke.
We thought the trip was over but my mom said that she would bring my car on 7/21/12.
This day was spent throwing disk in the park at Lake City.
We got my car from my mom and step dad. The trip was still on!
Although it was late to start a 14er, the weather looked good so we decided to try for Wetterhorn. We got into the basin below Wetterhorn, and the weather still looked good.
We got to the saddle and checked out the upper difficulties.
Wetterhorn would be a great peak for somebody's first class 3.
This pic makes the terrain look a lot harder than it is.
Its a quick 2+/3 scramble to Ships Prow.
From Ships Prow its another quick scramble to the summit.
The scramble to the summit has minimal exposure and easy class 3 scrambling compared to other class 3's I've done.
Mike on Wetterhorn.
Me on Wetterhorn.
Mike wanted to get Ships Prow, so he scrambled up there real quick, and I got a shot of him.
Once we got back into the basin we saw storm clouds moving in from all directions quickly. Luckily we got below treeline when it really started to pour. We spent the remainder of the descent running down the trail with gunshot thunder going off around us.
One of the dark clouds that moved in.