Ascent of Uncompahgre Peak on 2013-07-05

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:Kent Dallow
Ellen Smith
Colin Enger
Molly Hoppe
Leah Petersen
Jeff Skillings
Pat Loguidice
Date:Friday, July 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Uncompahgre Peak
    Elevation:14309 ft / 4361 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a long, but phenomenal hike. It was my first hike with the 4th of July crew. Early start, slight wrong turn in the dark, but we made it up Wetterhorn quickly. It was pretty sketchy near the top. Lots of climbing. The final pitch was class 4 if you read Roach's descriptions, but there's route finding involved. Who knows what the difficulty truly was, but there was plenty of exposure. It was straight down, steep, and very nerve-wracking. Baxter didn't make it up, and he was a little (a lot) scared on the loose stuff. Kent and Ellen took turns running up and tagging the summit while the other stayed with Baxter. It was still somewhat dark when we got onto the summit. Sunrise was awesome.

The hike over to Uncompahgre was incredibly long. Again, there was one tricky pitch on the notch below the summit, but not as bad as Wetterhorn. Molly, Leah, and Pat were some impressive, strong hikers. We made it back after a long slog thru the valley and down into the forest. Got hit with some rain but survived on gummy bears - I specifically remember being so depleted that when Ellen gave me a handful of these, I could literally feel the sugar rush running thru my veins.

After the hike, we had the EPIC 4WD adventure over Engineer Pass in Kent's Grand Cherokee - Kent and Ellen up front, Colin, me, and Baxter in the back. White knuckles the whole way. This got us to Ouray and then we made the drive to Telluride to spend our last night.
Start: 2:30am
Wetterhorn summit: 5:45am
Uncompahgre summit: 11:15am
Finish: 2:30pm
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5850 ft / 1783 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5850 ft / 1782 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16.5 mi / 26.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Slight hail, light rain before sunrise, a few clouds, but rain held off until the very end of the hi
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5850 ft / 1783 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3909 ft / 1192 m; Extra: 1941 ft / 591m
    Loss on way in:1941 ft / 591 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.3 km
    Route:East Slopes
    Start Trailhead:Matterhorn Creek Trailhead  10400 ft / 3169 m
    Time:8 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3909 ft / 1191 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.3 km
    Route:East Slopes
    End Trailhead:Matterhorn Creek Trailhead  10400 ft / 3169 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Wetterhorn-Uncompahgre

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wetterhorn Peak2013-07-05 
2Uncompahgre Peak2013-07-055850 ft / 1783 m
Total Trip Gain: 5850 ft / 1783 m    Total Trip Loss: 5850 ft / 1783 m

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