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Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre - Last weekend of winter?

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

Postby SilverLynx » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:32 am

This is too far away for me to know what I'll be doing. I'll have an answer as the date gets closer. Right now there are too many variables in my life that could change before then... Sounds like fun though, and Wetterhorn is one of my top 5 faves.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby MonGoose » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:48 pm

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:
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A woman with a sled? I think I'm in love. :-D

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

Postby DeucesWild » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:54 pm

Fletch wrote: This isn't some Eiger expedition from the 30's...


Way to rain on my parade. I was getting really fired up for my snowflake on this one until you had to mention that.
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby bergsteigen » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:57 pm

MonGoose wrote:
A woman with a sled? I think I'm in love. :-D


Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, WG 2011... (photo post recovery of said sled)
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:03 pm

d_baker wrote:MountainMedic wrote:
James, I wouldn't be so sure. Anderl Heckmair will be in Golden next week to discuss the route.

I wouldn't be so sure either, since he's dead.


Now that's funny. :lol:
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby MonGoose » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:04 pm

bergsteigen wrote:
Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, ...


Oh, I am aware. I took a sled on the Christmas day trip to Humboldt last winter and I still take a lot of crap for bringing that sled (especially from Dillon). I am forever indebted to Brian Thomas for helping me get it out, because it took two people to control it on the downhill.

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

Postby bergsteigen » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:14 pm

MonGoose wrote:
bergsteigen wrote:
Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, ...


Oh, I am aware. I took a sled on the Christmas day trip to Humboldt last winter and I still take a lot of crap for bringing that sled (especially from Dillon). I am forever indebted to Brian Thomas for helping me get it out, because it took two people to control it on the downhill.


I've used a harness with poles firmly attached to the sled. While still comical (no photos in pre-digital age), it works better. Better control, unless on steep side hill with an open stream...
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby moon stalker » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:47 pm

bergsteigen wrote:Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, WG 2011... (photo post recovery of said sled)


Oh that's not fair! No pictures allowed, no digital evidence of me learning the hard way! :lol:
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby bergsteigen » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:35 am

moon stalker wrote:
bergsteigen wrote:Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, WG 2011... (photo post recovery of said sled)


Oh that's not fair! No pictures allowed, no digital evidence of me learning the hard way! :lol:


I didn't say it was you! :wink: Should I have used a black box to protect the innocent? :lol:
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby moon stalker » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:01 pm

bergsteigen wrote:
moon stalker wrote:
bergsteigen wrote:Beware sledding disasters on non-roads, WG 2011... (photo post recovery of said sled)


Oh that's not fair! No pictures allowed, no digital evidence of me learning the hard way! :lol:


I didn't say it was you! :wink: Should I have used a black box to protect the innocent? :lol:


Innocent - not really. Stupid - more appropriate. No worries, I can take it, I'm always in for a good laugh. I still laugh at that picture and thinking about that trip. What's bad is that this winter I will be found pulling a sled a lot, but I will stick to roads or trails known to be wide! ](*,)
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Re: Save the Date - Winter Gathering - Wetterhorn/Uncompahgr

Postby Papillon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:12 pm

moon stalker wrote:Innocent - not really. Stupid - more appropriate. No worries, I can take it, I'm always in for a good laugh. I still laugh at that picture and thinking about that trip. What's bad is that this winter I will be found pulling a sled a lot, but I will stick to roads or trails known to be wide! ](*,)


Come on, moon stalker. I had a sled on that trip and it wasn't that bad... until half the road out of Horn Fork was melted out on Sunday afternoon.
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Re: Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre - Last weekend of winter?

Postby sgladbach » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:13 pm

I spoke with dancesatmoonrise earlier this year and suggested that Wetterhorn would make a cool place for a winter gathering. It seemed like anothe step-up in difficulty from our last three trips (Uncompahgre from Nellie Creek, harvard/ Columbia from horn Creek, holy Cross via Halfmoon pass.)

I'm sorry, but (in spite of suggesting the trip) I've decided not to participate in the winter Wetterhorn gathering. A few members voiced th eopinion that they felt it a foolhardy endeavor and, as a result, I've decided to cancel for myself. Personally, I can't be involved in a project where the criticism begins months in advance. Mountaineering is risky and, because of my personality, I would be inclined to shoulder the blame for an entire group should there be an incident.

A few years ago an author published a book where he included me under his chapter on how dangerous it is to follow a leader based on his reputation. The significant facts were wrong, but as one might expect, the book resurrected a very dark period of my life that took many years to reconcile.

Currently, I'm not capable of dealing with another personal attack. We all know mountaineering is dangerous but, if there is a problem, some Bozo will figure out where he wants to place the blame and publish his opinions (maybe not in print, but it will be on this site in about 15 minutes). Someone has to deal with the fallout of that crap.

I do feel Wetterhorn is a reasonable late winter goal for those with moderate snow travel and snow evaluation experience. I don't think it is "foolhardy."
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