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 Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
 Post Date:  09/30/2010 Modified: 09/11/2012
 Date Climbed:   09/25/2010
 Posted By:  tmathews
 Additional Members:   wildlobo71, jam6880, globehugger

 Wetterhorn's East Ridge and the 2010 14ers.com Fall Gathering   

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
Mileage: ~7.5
Elevation Gain (total): ~3,300 ft.

A note about this post: I've used HTML tags on the photos as part of the narrative in my blog. If you mouse-over the thumbnails, you should see additional pop-up text.

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

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Jerry, Bill, and Jodi in the morning


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Ascending the Wetterhorn/Matterhorn ridge


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Wetterhorn from its east ridge


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Matterhorn and Uncompahre


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Spider Jerry!


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Terry scrambling on the east ridge


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East ridge boulder


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An exposed move or two


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Wetterhorn's impressive east face


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An alternative route to the summit


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Ascending the alternate route


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First of the switchbacks


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One more switchback to the summmit


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Looking back down at the east ridge from the summit


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14ers.com members and others on the summit


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Obligatory summit shot


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Jodi descending Wetterhorn's standard route. Taken from the top of the Prow.


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Descent hijinks


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Back at the trailhead


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Campfire photo


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Jerry (jam6880)


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Keith (KeithK), Darrin (kansas), and Otina (bergsteigen)


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14ers.com members (sorry, I didn't catch your names except Craig!)


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Craig (giarcd)


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Jodi (globehugger) and Bill (wildlobo71)


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Pyromaniac Sean (doggler)


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A lovely campfire



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