Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Date Posted:  06/29/2012
Modified:  06/30/2012
Date Climbed:   06/23/2012
Author:  djkest
Additional Members:   Chaos Penumbra, AeroFaze
 Wetterhorn- Yep, it's awesome  

Wetterhorn Peak
South East Ridge; 6.5 miles, 3,300' elevation gain
Start: 5:00 AM Return 10:00 AM

Wetterhorn Peak is a striking crag from just about any angle. It has one of the steepest summit slopes of any 14er in Colorado, dropping off sharply on all sides. It's easily recognizable from far away. On any given Saturday (in the summer), a big and diverse group attempts to summit this awe-inspiring peak. It's nearby neighbor Uncompahgre is higher, bigger, and more recognizable. Wetterhorn's climbing is much more interesting though.

We had a very diverse group for Wetterhorn. We had Rob, a "seasoned citizen", 14er finisher, and multi-year Ironman Hawaii finisher. Myself and Scott, who have climbed 30+ 14ers together. We also had Jason and Sarah, two energetic and creative people who just ran the Garden of the Gods 10-mile run (and did quite well!) and like to take photos.

Special thanks to Sarah Nguyen (AeroFaze) for her great wildflower photos which appear at the end of the report, and Scott L (Chaos Penumbra) for his contributions as well. All told, 4 cameras and 3 photographers contributed to this report.

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Out of our group of 6, 4 of us reached the summit. 2 people were too tired from Uncompahgre yesterday and a lack of sleep the night before. The rest of us though, finished together with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts.

This climb feels kind of like "Longs Peak Lite" to me. The class 2 and class 3 sections are relatively short and the approach hike is fairly quick and easy. The scenery doesn't leave anything to be desired however. The sum total of these parts it that this is a "must see" hike with a classic route. It's not too difficult but it's just a blast to climb.

 Comments or Questions

06/30/2012 21:01
Nice pics! ”Spring” has certainly come early in the upper elevations this year! Nice flower shots! ”Longs lite” huh? Yeah I guess you could say that. It is a wonderful climb, and I hope to repeat it sometime! Thanks for sharing!

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