| San Juan Spectacular
I left Flagstaff on 6/10 and drove to Yankee Boy Basin. Since there is no camping at/near the solar outhouse in YBB, I made dinner and slept in the back of my truck (since that's not really camping). I left for Sneffels at 330 on 6/11 and was at the base of Lavender Col @ 615. I ended up exiting Lavender a bit early and crossed good, firm snow to the summit at 645. I took a picture of Uncompahgre
and the Wilsons
and returned to the base of Lavender for a break before heading out.
I left Ouray @ 1000, drove through Silverton, up and over Cinnamon Pass to Silver Creek. It proceeded to rain all night and turn to snow at daybreak on 6/12. I was supposed to climb Handies w/Ron from Lake City...Ron was nice enough to drive to SC to tell me he was cancelling due to weather. Shortly after he left, it started to clear up, so I drove to American Basin to "test my new snowshoes" at 915. Despite poor visibility, I summited Handies at 1205. I returned to SC for Redcloud/Sunshine on 6/13.
While napping at SC, I heard a strange scratching from just under my truck bed. After some time I got out to look, only to find a marmot stowed away above my spare tire. Despite several (forceful) prods from my hiking pole this guy wouldn't budge. I ended up dropping my spare tire and finally sending this furry little bugger on his way.
I woke to clear skies on 6/13 and left at 815. Just prior to the summit of Redcloud, I passed a couple on their way down. I had the entire mountain(s) to myself for the rest of the day. I summited Redcloud at 1115, Sunshine at 1220, and Redcloud again at 1330.
So I had the whole ridge to Sunshine and back over Redcloud all to myself, just blissed out to have done four peaks in three days...completely in another world...and this was what greeted me at the trailhead. *L*
Thursday the 14th was a rest day, so I supported the economy in Lake City and headed for Nellie Creek that afternoon. I left for Uncompahgre at about 430 on the 15th and summited Uncompahgre at 700.
After one of the most fun glissades I have ever done, I left Nellie Creek and drove to the 4x4 trailhead for Wetterhorn at Matterhorn Creek. I left for Wetterhorn at 545 on the 16th. I was unsure if I'd summit Wetterhorn due to the fact that I was by myself and had not been on it before. I made the ridge at about 730 and slowly progressed up the ridge. Just prior to the Ship's Prow, I dislodged a TV sized block and in the process of righting this block, knocked a toaster sized block down the gulley I was crossing. Despite feeling great at altitude, this shook my confidence enough that I turned around at 905. As much as I want this peak, there are other third class projects I have in the San Juans that I plan to return w/a partner and bag.
I drove over Engineer Pass later that afternoon on the 16th.
I spent the remainder of my trip hanging out being a complete tourist in Silverton.
So five (and 3/4) peaks in six days. Minor sunburn, no blisters, and a reason to return to the San Juans again (Wetterhorn and Wilsons).
As if I need a reason...
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