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 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:

http://climbingwithbob.com/colorado/sanjuan/wettersnow.html
http://climbingwithbob.com/colorado/sanjuan/uncompahgrewest.html

 


  • Comments or Questions (3)
aerohr


Professional Opinion...     2009-05-12 21:40:31
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     2009-05-13 07:07:32
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!     2009-05-13 09:38:55
I appreciate the info.



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