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SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard--Nellie Creek Date Climbed: 198?, 199?  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

I've done this mountain twice, both times with Aaron, the first climb I don't remember who else was along, but the second time was with Rosa and Shirley. To me, Uncompahgre is a perfect example of the reason we climb non-difficult/technical mountains. The area is beautiful, the climb is nice, the view from on top is wonderful--it's an incomparably better place to be than our day jobs! This mountain--at least the standard route--doesn't have the interest, thrill, or technical challenge provided by peaks where just "making it" is an accomplishment, but what a wonderful way to spend a day!

First climb was memorable (and after actually being able to look down the precipitous north face on the second ascent, perhaps a bit more dangerous than we realized at the time) because much of the mountain's upper reaches were in the clouds, with limited visibility, wind, and snow. The only way we knew we'd finally made it was when there was no more "up!"

Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:55 pm

jvossRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 8, 2004  Sucess!

jvoss

Summited by 9:30am and the weather was so nice we stayed for an hour. Scramble at the end was fun, but there is a more stable route up the rock if you stay to the right. The trail was fantastic.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 11:20 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: West Couloir Date Climbed: 31 August, 2003  Sucess!

Ratballs

Highest Naked Man in America:



I headed down Crestone-wards in the evening, but the weather there looked so appalling that I just kept on going, bearing generally towards the southwest. Midnight found me deep in the San Juans, pulling up to the Matterhorn Creek trailhead, where I truck-camped for the night. I backpacked in at 8AM, set up my tent just below the Matterhorn slopes, and then hiked around the shoulder across the open plains of tundra to Uncompahgre, which I climbed up a frustrating scree-filled couloir on the west side.



It felt so damned good to be back up high that I practically skied back down Uncompahgre and ran over to Wetterhorn--beating by twenty minutes, I might add, the summit-to-summit time of Matt Mahoney, the ultra-runner (I know, because he recorded his time in the summit register). It was 4PM, and the latest I'd ever summited. On Wetterhorn, the weather was so clear that I took all my clothes off and wandered naked around the summit for a half-hour or so.



I'm fairly certain that for 30 minutes, then, I was the highest naked man in Colorado, if not the country. Of course, by the time I got back to my tent (fully and appropriately attired), it was still only about 5:30PM, so I backpacked the whole damned thing down again and drove the 380 miles home--I never did camp.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 3:41 pm

mountainmotaRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!

mountainmota

Nice easy 14er!
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:09 pm

s_tuning@msn.comRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 10th, 2004  Sucess!

s_tuning@msn.com

Very enjoyable hike! The views were incredible.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 1:20 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 98  Sucess!

DaveC

sumitted just in time to catch the view before clouds obscured it. i'm getting hooked on the san juans.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:43 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: West Face Couloirs Date Climbed: 15 May 2004  Sucess!

bc44caesar

Solo climbed Wetterhorn & Uncompahgre from the Matterhorn TH. Snowshoed up the southernmost couloir which felt pretty steep and descended the same couloir which was nice for glissading! The whole excursion took 15.5 hrs car to car!
Posted May 16, 2004 2:17 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: East Slopes (Nellie Creek) Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

sbkelley

This was a unique climb because I used this mountain as a back-drop for my high school senior picture - screw studio photography! :) I was definitely impressed with Uncompahgre's north face, too - what a cliff!
Posted May 12, 2004 2:56 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek (standard) Date Climbed: June 28, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Loved this peak. Its normal route is pretty easy, but still remains a must-hike. Incredible scenery, freindly summit creatures (marmots) and an easy hike. 1.5 to the top on which we sat forever. One of the most gorgeous days in CO I've ever experienced.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 5:00 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: June 28, 2002  Sucess!

RyanS

I loved climbing one of Colorado's most distinctive mountains (and arguably the most distinctive 14er). A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 6:06 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: from Matterhorn Creek Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

hhsilleck

A long but easy trail hike from Matterhorn Creek. Watch for thunderstorms in the summer.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 7:24 pm

brianhughesRoute Climbed: From Cimarron River Date Climbed: July 11, 2003  Sucess!

brianhughes

My buddy and I climbed Uncompahgre Peak as a side trip during a 3-night backpacking trip. We started at the Middle Fork Trailhead on the Middle Fork of the Cimarron River, followed the trail up and over a 12,595 ft pass and dropped down into the drainage of the East Fork of the Cimarron River. It took us all day to bag the peak from our base camp at the head of the East Fork. On the last day, we continued downstream to the East Fork Trailhead, where we'd left our 2nd vehicle. If you have the time, I'd highly recommended this route as an alternative to the much shorter hike up from the Nellie Creek Trailhead. Porphyry Basin and the Silver Jack Mine are points of interest along the way. The only negative in my opinion is that there is a lot of horse traffic on the East Fork Trail below the Silver Jack Mine.
Posted Dec 24, 2003 12:37 am

Steven CrossRoute Climbed: Matterhorn Creek/standard Date Climbed: september, 24, 2003  Sucess!

Steven Cross

We started at Matterhorn Creek and camped at the base of the mountain at about 12,000 feet.

What anIncreadible mountain! A nearly clear day, we could see the Elks, Sawatch range, Sangres and Mount Peal in Utah. The view was fantastic. Couldn't spend to much time on the summit, had to get back to camp to tear down and head back to the car. We did Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Uncompahgre Peak, I even got Broken Hill in. We then headed to Redcloud and Sunshine.

Met BIg_G as we were leaving the summit.

My 5th 14er
Posted Sep 29, 2003 3:27 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: Uncompahgre Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2003

big_g

Fun and quick climb on a beautiful day. Did not even start hiking until 9:15. I even met a fellow SPer, Steven Cross, there. Got some great pictures of the area.
Posted Sep 27, 2003 9:47 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek Date Climbed: September 20, 2003  Sucess!

wayneaflick

Me, my two sons, Troy and Patrick along with Troy's best good friend Tom Weiss climbed this magnificent mountain today. It was my dog's first climb. Molly (the mountain mutt) did great. We got a late start due to some 4x4 problems but the weather was really good although that wind on the west face was quite strong and the chill factor was rather low. We were dressed for it so it didn't cause any problems. This is my second climb of Uncompahgre and both have been a great experience. It was Tom's, Troy's and Pat's first time up. We didn't get to sign a summit register since none was there. All in all it was a great day.
Posted Sep 21, 2003 1:49 am

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Nellie Creek Date Climbed: 09/01/2003  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

I call this mountain the gentle one. What a wonderful hike is all I can say. We had great weather. We even ran into someone I knew from Denver! I would climb this mountain again in a heartbeat. Views are wonderful. The view over the cliffs are incredible.
Posted Sep 10, 2003 8:44 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: SE slopes Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Nice day, climbed Wetterhorn afterwards, starting from Capitol City.
Posted Jul 27, 2003 10:09 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek Date Climbed: July 13, 2002  Sucess!

Grant

It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, and we needed a good day to get this one in. It was Tina, Lisa, and Amanda’s first fourteener. The road to the trailhead was pretty bumpy and was definitely a 4wd road. We started at 8:00am a little late in my opinion but the weather held out.

Back at the trailhead everyone looked tired and we were all burned from head to toe. Great hike, Great accomplishment on everyone’s part. Thanks for going.















Posted Jul 18, 2003 11:10 pm

climberkjpRoute Climbed: Unknown - standard Date Climbed: August 31, 1997  Sucess!

climberkjp

I forgot about this one! I believe one of the other summit logs say that Lincoln/Democrat/Bross were my first fourteener encounters, but how could I forget my freshman year of high school, travelling with a friend's family and returning to find out that the world had lost a saint and a princess. That's about all I remember about this one.
Posted Oct 27, 2002 10:28 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Matterhorn Creek Date Climbed: August 6 1999  Sucess!

rmjwinters

In between morning storms I managed to summit.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:34 pm

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