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Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre - Last weekend of winter?

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby geojed » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:27 am

I'm interested. Hopefully I can make it. OTOH the "Tenmile Traverse in Calendar Winter" might start calling my name again.... Or some other "Big Day". We'll see! :-D :wink:
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Bean » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:12 pm

AndYouSeeMe wrote:I'll start the "Corndog Fryer on a 14er!" thread now. I will help carry the stuff up there but I am not going to be the one to wait around for a few hours for the oil to cool down afterwards.


Just do it in the parking lot, claim you fried corndogs on a 14er, take video of dancing around the fryer, get on the TV news, and rant about "haters."

If you want to actually do it on the summit, I imagine the oil would cool pretty quickly at 14,000' in the winter.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby ameristrat » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:24 pm

Put it on the calender. I hope I can make it!
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby d_baker » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:04 pm

SurfNTurf wrote:Hey now, I thought the 2012 Gathering was on Mt. Massive? Just because it was canceled due to a -25 wind chill doesn't mean a few of us didn't still gather. [-( It's not like I'm bitter because the Holy Cross thing was never advertised or anything.



It wasn't any kind of official "gathering." It just happened mostly by chance.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby jmc5040 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:53 pm

I am definitely interested in taking part. Would probably come in Friday, do Wetterhorn Saturday, and then hike out Sunday am.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby globreal » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:28 am

Got it on the calendar and will most likely be there.

I love these winter gatherings!
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Andymcp1 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:57 am

I would love to join in on this, but am a liitle skeptical about doing Wetterhorn with winter conditions. Can anyone shed some light on how it will be in compairison to summer months. (I already know it will be cold, snowy, and more difficult to anyone who was going to swing at the obvious!)
Does it become significantly more difficult with snow cover, or does the snow cover help or even come into account in the class 3 areas?

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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby d_baker » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:37 am

Andymcp1 wrote:I would love to join in on this, but am a liitle skeptical about doing Wetterhorn with winter conditions. Can anyone shed some light on how it will be in compairison to summer months. (I already know it will be cold, snowy, and more difficult to anyone who was going to swing at the obvious!)
Does it become significantly more difficult with snow cover, or does the snow cover help or even come into account in the class 3 areas?

I haven't done Wetterhorn in snowy conditions, winter or otherwise, but from reading reports from others that have, avy prone slopes on the "standard" summer route would need to be evaluated and possibly skirted (see photo #7 in Bill's route description for summertime route).
Once beyond those areas, the crux of the summertime route will still be the crux of the winter time route: the last pitch to the summit.
If the rock ledges are snow covered or icy, expect spicy conditions where a rope and pro would be beneficial. I recall Gladbach's winter report on Wetterhorn stating he rapped it.

I've always thought Wetterhorn in winter would be a fun and beautiful challenge. Not sure if I'll be in the state to attend this gathering, but if I am, I might want to join.
Gladbach had organized a pre-winter (Dec 18ish?) intro camping trip to the same area a couple of years ago and we had a good time in there! Uncompahgre was the only peak on the agenda that year.

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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Kevin Baker » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:17 pm

I would be highly interested in this outing conditions permitting as Wetterhorn is on my short list this winter. As Darin has stated, Wetterhorn in winter is a pretty serious climb. I also have some 13ers around Wetterhorn left to do that would go in winter.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby TomPierce » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:42 pm

I'm tentatively in.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Fisching » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:17 pm

geojed wrote:Or some other "Big Day".



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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Slim Pickins » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:43 pm

This sounds like a great trip! I'm definitely in:)

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