Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Date Posted:  12/22/2015
Modified:  03/06/2017
Date Climbed:   10/24/2015
Author:  XterraRob
 Wetterhorn - First snowy 14er experience!   

So this was my first time deciding to tackle a 14er with snow on it, didn't bring any snowshoes/mountaineering boots. My initial impression heading down there from webcams/reports was that the snow hadn't significantly built up in the area yet.


Boy was I wrong.



Plenty of snow:

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Matterhorn peaking out of the trees:

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Wetterhorn (left) & Matterhorn (right):

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Snow, lots of snow:

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Wetterhorn, towering against the sky:

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Matterhorn & Uncompahgre:

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The most ridiculous deep powder I ever had to deal with, lost my mind:

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Getting closer & closer:

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Scenic pictures:

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Final climb up to the summit was full of extremely deep and wet snow:

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Decided to do a little rock climbing to avoid being stuck in the snow gullys:

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Summit pic:

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Heading out:
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Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions
annajack25

XROB
12/23/2015 06:58
XROB, Maybe its my PC but I can’t view your pictures. Really would like to get a look at these. Anna


annajack25

Thanks
12/23/2015 09:20
XROB. Thank you for reply. I’m afraid I am not a good tech person but I do see the pictures now and they are fabulous! We did Wetter/ Matter this past summer and I was really interested in seeing what you did. Thanks again! Anna


XterraRob

Thank you :)
12/23/2015 10:02
All of the mountains in that region are gorgeous!


Mtnman200

Nice Photos
12/26/2015 12:08
Did you have a lot of wind on your climb?


XterraRob

thank you
12/27/2015 10:49
No wind that I could remember, just a calm & warm day.


Jay521

Really nice
12/30/2015 13:02
Love your photos of one of my very favorite mountains and your report makes me want to leave for Lake City now!


XterraRob

Heaven
12/31/2015 02:55
It’s so majestic, the surrounding area. I wanted to hit the area right before significant snowfall happened and I think I was just lucky. Wetterhorn only had 1-2 storms when I hit it, Uncompahgre.. was like ~3 storms and it was just enough to enjoy and not risk any avy danger.

Those mountains are beautiful. I’ve never seen so many dynamic and intense mountains before. From Wetterhorn, everyone looked incredible. From Uncompahgre, Wetterhorn looked like a K2 because of how prominent it was. From Sunshine/Redcloud, both Unc & Wetterhorn looked like skyscrapers (of course the pictures don’t do it justice).

I love the San Juans. It’s worth the long drive and long hikes.



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