Peak #7: Wednesday February 10, 2016
Ski Route: Southeast Ridge up and East Face descent
Round Trip Mileage and Skiable Vertical: 21 Miles and 7,800′ (Including both Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn for the day.
Ski Partners: Solo Summit
- Start Time: 11:00 AM (directly after Uncompaghre Peak)
- Reached Summit: 2:00 PM
- End Time: 6:00 PM
After pausing for Lunch in the basin below Wetterhorn’s east face, I knew I needed to forge ahead.
The southeast ridge of Wetterhorn is tedious, and in soft snow can also be a real hassle as you have to boot up the steep sections and sometimes deal with trap-door snow and rocks that must be climbed in low 3rd class fashion.
The there is the summit pitch for a 150 feet above the Ship’s Prow. This part of Wetterhorn is the few pieces of this entire adventure that isn’t skiable.
No worries, I ascended the fun rock steps and found myself with a summit in Winter in Colorado that is small, spectacular and all to myself.
Then it was finally time to descend so I down climbed the short section and clicked into my skis for the East Face.
I made quick work of the face and was into the basin quickly headed back towards the Engineer Alpine Loop and down the snow covered road to my vehicle at Nellie Creek.
What a great day in the mountains, the San Juans always deliver! Here is a video I made of my journey on these peaks two years earlier which nearly matched my effort on this day in 2016.