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Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby kmclimber » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:20 pm

Can these two 14ers be done in one day from the Matterhorn Creek trail head? Has anyone done this, if so what time did you start, finish, etc...

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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby lakecityrat » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:33 pm

It can be done, but is a long haul. The distance is not insane, but you have to decend quite a bit (a few thousand feet) in elevation between the two. If you are an experienced hiker and get an early start you should be ok.
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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby Rich H » Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:53 pm

I have done it with matterhorn too...it is a long day and it helps if you can come off the west side of Uncompahgre...I can't remember the times but it was 12+ hours

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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby beatlust » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:03 pm

We did but not from the parking lot. we had a camp did our alpine start and got them both with a nap inbetween. Do wetterhorn first. There are some alternatives to the long easy uncomphagre standard route that would cut your time and distance dramatically.

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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby 2giqs » Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:49 am

On 8/23/08, I departed the 2wd Matterhorn Creek TH at 0430 and summited Wetterhorn at 0730. Climbing back down Wetterhorn I could make out a faint trail that cuts across the base of Matterhorn Peak which I subsequently took once I left the rocky lower slopes of Wetterhorn. This faint trail joins the old road route to Uncompahgre. After an hour on this road I started hearing voices. Kept thinking the sound was coming from the summit. Nope, turned out to be from a downslope flock of sheep. At one point I was joined by a couple of the sheep herding dogs. The trek up to Uncompahgre is a long tiring grind. Summited at 1200 and made it back to the car at 1530. Long day, but well worth the effort.
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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby kmclimber » Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:33 pm

What are the conditions like right now? Snowshoes, crampons needed?

Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby CODave » Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:24 pm

kmclimber wrote:Can these two 14ers be done in one day from the Matterhorn Creek trail head? Has anyone done this, if so what time did you start, finish, etc...


TalusMonkey and I started at 2:00 AM and it took us about 11 hrs. We decided to do Uncompahgre first because it would be easier to hike the further distance to it in the dark. I think we were around 13,000 ft. or so on Uncompahgre when the sun came up.

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Re: Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Combination

Postby miztflip » Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:18 pm

Although there are more direct routes between the two, I still found it faster,although longer, to stick to the trail for all but Matterhorn which doesn't really have a trail. It seemed like all the people taking the more direct route were spending alot of time navigating nasty talus.

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