After failing to get Wetterhorn Peak last year, due to snow, we were giving it another try on a long 4th of July weekend, 2004. Picture opportunity #1 came as the East Ridge of Wetterhorn came into view, with 13,590 foot Matterhorn Peak on the east end of the ridge.
After an hour or two of humping up the steep slopes below Wetterhorn, we finally started getting a good look at the southeast ridge. We were looking forward to a little 3rd class fun.
Once on the southeast ridge, I got this shot of the Wetterhorn's 4th class east ridge leading over to Matterhorn Peak. I actually met a guy earlier in the morning who had attempted to cross this ridge with his dog the day before. Knowing its limitations, as should any good mountaineer, the dog put a quick stop to that idea.
Finally on top, Suzy signs the summit register with Uncompahgre Peak looking huge behind her, as I did a 360 taking shot after shot.
This cool view looking northeast from Wetterhorn Peak actually shows the tail end of Wetterhorn's long northwest ridge.
While there's nothing of specific interest in this next picture, it's what I call mountain-snow-art and is simply a great view: best when view live of course.
Just about down off the steep east slopes of Wetterhorn, and only about an hour away from the beer, I got this last shot of Uncompahgre Peak looking through the pass with the lower southeast slopes of Matterhorn Peak on the left.
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