Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Uncompahgre Peak  -  14,309 feet
Post Date:  05/12/2009
Modified:  06/12/2010
Date Climbed:   05/09/2009
Posted By:  Wyoming Bob


 Wetterhorn & Uncompahgre - Spring Snow  

A pair of reports for the Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre this past weekend. Though there might have been snow up Denver way, the San Juans yielded a bluebird weekend. Two summits, an overnight, and not another climber seen over the whole weekend. Climbed the Wetterhorn's ridge route on snow, overnighted in the basin below Wetterhorn and then climbed Uncompahgre via a west face couloir. If interested, report and photos at:



 


  • Comments or Questions
aerohr

Professional Opinion...
05/13/2009 03:40
I‘m supposed to hike these with some flatlanders that are coming out on June 15th. Based on the snow you saw, what might we be in for? Did you posthole all the way to the dirt, or was the snow still pretty deep? Any bald spots on the way up?

Thanks!


Wyoming Bob


Snow thoughts
05/13/2009 13:07
We were on snow from where the trail parallels the stream just beyond the 4wd parking spot through the Wetterhorn part of the climb. The traverse over to Uncom. was all snow but the base of the west side couloir has swaths of bare ground. I don‘t think we were holing through to dirt except when near an obvious shallow area. My San Juan experience is really limited but I have a hunch that the snowpack will melt to beat the band by the 15 of June. I‘d keep an eye on posts as I‘d bet those two peaks will start getting a good bit of traffic as Spring turns to Summer.


aerohr

Great news, thanks!
05/13/2009 15:38
I appreciate the info.



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