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 Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Uncompahgre Peak  -  14,309 feet
 Post Date:  08/13/2006
 Date Climbed:   08/12/2006
 Posted By:  ursidae

 Wetterhorn from Matterhorn Creek, Uncompahgre from Nellie Creek   

Climbed Wetterhorn first, took 2h to get to the ridge then 1h 17 min to reach the summit. Reaching the th from Lake City took about 50 minutes (~12 miles), driving a Touareg (Thanks Clint!).

Route is fairly well cairned and straight forward but you still need to keep track of where you are going up for a happy confusion less descent to follow. We took the route to the right (photo #10 on Bill‘s page) on the way up and came down through the V notch. The V notch is more comfortable.

As what seems to be the prime recommendation for some extended beginner Class 3 scrambling on 14ers.com I‘d agree it‘s a good choice. For someone not too happy about exposure like me it‘s definitely a test of resolve. My climbing partner purely had fun on the way up while I repeatedly kept asking myself why I keep doing this... Once on the summit I remembered though : )

We then drove back to Lake City for a quick bite to eat (someone, not me, forgot his lunch...). Took one hour to drive the last 4 miles to the Nellie Creek th. The road is much worse then the one leading to the Matterhorn Creek th. Go Volkswagen!

Summited Uncompahgre in 2h 9min. Easy straightforward trail with the short gully as the only exception. The gully is steep and loose, scrambling on all fours made for the most efficient ascent. There are cairns all over it so we just picked what looked like the least bad route up staying side by side to avoid bringing down anything hard and heavy on each other.

204 photos and 12h after we started we were back in Lake City eating dinner and feeling pretty good about the day. In retrospect taking the connecting pack trail to Uncompahgre adding ~6 miles to the day would have been a better idea then spending 2+ h driving up and down the Nellie Creek th road.

 


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