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 Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
 Post Date:  06/15/2013
 Date Climbed:   08/11/2012
 Posted By:  zinj

 Rpt 4 of 6: Wetterhorn in August-horn     

Preceding Report: Rpt 3 of 6: Shine and Clouds

August 11, 2012

Beautiful day to go a-hiking...

Matterhorn Creek approach

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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.

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That's me in the blue shorts and tan shirt


I don't know how this happens

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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.)

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Into the high country

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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?

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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

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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

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Uncompahgre (14,309) from the SE ridge of Wetterhorn


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Matterhorn Pk (13,590) and Uncompahgre (14,309) from SE ridge of Wetterhorn


Let the steeps commence!

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Stephanie and I begin the scramble


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Will and I as it gets a little steeper


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Trickier still (summit is not in view)


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Ultimately you get to this


Wetterhorn ascent video (very long - the rock climbing begins at 13:30 if you want to skip ahead)



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I'm on top! (white speck)


Wetterhorn summit pano vid




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All of us on top! Yay us!


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Looking down the ridge to Matterhorn Pk (13,590), with iconic Unc (14,309) behind


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Coxcomb (13,656) and Redcliff (13,642) NW of Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)


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View SW from Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)


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View SE from Wetterhorn Pk (14,015)


Time to leave...

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Descending (that's me in orange). Sheer and ledgy but the rock is GOOD


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Cliffy and envigorating


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Stephanie above the hangout


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The hangout


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New friend Wes leading the descent


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Will and I exiting the steepest portion


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Peak-a-boo Unc


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Suppose this would make good beer?


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Wetterhorn (L) to Matterhorn (R)


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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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