Peak:  Uncompahgre Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge from Nellie Creek
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  eskermo
 Date of Info:  05/24/2013
 Date Posted:  05/28/2013

Not much snow until treeline. Several smaller snowfields to cross on the standard route. We took a more direct line on the ascent and were able to stay on great snow most of the way up in the east facing gully leading up to the south ridge. The steep, loose gully on the south ridge has a few snowy areas, but they can be avoided with a little bit of easy climbing. There was some post holing on the way down, but nothing too miserable. For the most part, the snow we walked on all day was pretty solid and consolidated. We never used snowshoes, microspikes, or any other special gear. A beautiful day with great conditions!

Photo 1 - A broad look at the route just above treeline
Photo 2 - Looking down the good snow slope that cuts up to the south ridge
Photo 3 - On the south ridge
Photo 4 - The loose gully on the south ridge leading up to the final summit push

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

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