Group: Terry (tmathews), Jerry (jam6880) with special appearances by Jodi (globehugger), Bill (wildlobo71), John (El Hombre), and various 14ers.com members
Ascent Route: East Ridge, descent by Southeast Ridge (standard)
Start: Matterhorn Creek TH
Elevation Gain (total): ~3,300 ft.
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This year's 14ers.com Fall Gathering was near the Matterhorn Creek Trailhead in the San Juan Range. For most of the population of Colorado it's quite a distance, but an awesome destination. I knew that Jerry wanted to go, but my recent unemployment may have thrown a wrench into the works. Fortunately, I wasn't unemployed for long. To top things off -- my other buddy Brian's family owns a cabin in Lake City, the nearest town to Matterhorn Creek. It was a mere 30-45 minutes from the cabin and his family was going to let us use it for free. Excellent!
Wetterhorn's East Ridge and the 2010 14ers.com Fall Gathering
Jerry, Bill, and Jodi in the morning
Ascending the Wetterhorn/Matterhorn ridge
Wetterhorn from its east ridge
Matterhorn and Uncompahre
Terry scrambling on the east ridge
East ridge boulder
An exposed move or two
Wetterhorn's impressive east face
An alternative route to the summit
Ascending the alternate route
First of the switchbacks
One more switchback to the summmit
Looking back down at the east ridge from the summit
14ers.com members and others on the summit
Obligatory summit shot
Jodi descending Wetterhorn's standard route. Taken from the top of the Prow.
Back at the trailhead
Keith (KeithK), Darrin (kansas), and Otina (bergsteigen)
14ers.com members (sorry, I didn't catch your names except Craig!)
Jodi (globehugger) and Bill (wildlobo71)
Pyromaniac Sean (doggler)
A lovely campfire