After being bandaged, iced and barely being able to walk the previous afteroon coming off Sunshine, I somehow made a miraculous recovery overnight and was full of piss and vinegar for Wetterhorn. I didn't sleep well because I was so excited for Wetterhorn and so anxious that I might physically be unable to do it. When I rose without pain, I wasn't going to ask any questions - I just wanted to get as far up the mountain as possible before a return of pain might make me reconsider.
That's me in the blue shorts and tan shirt
I don't know how this happens
Looking back down the trail from whence we came (You'll note my use of the word, "whence" -- that's how we keep it real up in Colorado, yo.)
Into the high country
Wetterhorn Pk (14,015) (L) and ridge to Matterhorn Pk (13,590) (R)
There is an extended boulder field with grass in between oversized boulders which was very Tolkein-esque. Or at least Tolkein-esque to someone who knows him only through the Peter Jackson movies and the New Zealand landscapes... Allright, so this was very New Zealand-esque. Happy?
Stephanie in front of Wetterhorn (14,015) and Matterhorn (13,590)
Middle Earth video (nothing extraordinary happens -- just included for ambiance in what I think is a really interesting landscape)
The prize is in sight
SE ridge route up to Wetterhorn's summit pitches (climbers on the red dirt). Sense of perspective is very distorted!
Beautiful weather keeps us smiling
Uncompahgre (14,309) from the SE ridge of Wetterhorn
Matterhorn Pk (13,590) and Uncompahgre (14,309) from SE ridge of Wetterhorn
Let the steeps commence!
Stephanie and I begin the scramble
Will and I as it gets a little steeper
Trickier still (summit is not in view)
Ultimately you get to this
Wetterhorn ascent video (very long - the rock climbing begins at 13:30 if you want to skip ahead)
I'm on top! (white speck)
Wetterhorn summit pano vid
All of us on top! Yay us!
Looking down the ridge to Matterhorn Pk (13,590), with iconic Unc (14,309) behind
Coxcomb (13,656) and Redcliff (13,642) NW of Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)
View SW from Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)
View SE from Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)
Time to leave...
Descending (that's me in orange). Sheer and ledgy but the rock is GOOD
Cliffy and envigorating
Stephanie above the hangout
New friend Wes leading the descent
Will and I exiting the steepest portion
Suppose this would make good beer?
Wetterhorn (L) to Matterhorn (R)
Last views of Matterhorn Pk (13,590)
Subsequent Report: Rpt 5 of 6: Chicago Basin 14ers Part 1 (Sunlight, Windom, goats)
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