Ascent of Uncompahgre Peak on 2012-08-15

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Kaerstin Quinlan <6863>
Gudrun - Partial
Torsten - Partial
Date:Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Uncompahgre Peak
    Elevation:14309 ft / 4361 m

Ascent Trip Report

Uncompahgre Peak
7:05 am
Somewhere along County Road 17, short of Nellie Creek TH. Although we have a nice big 4-wheel drive I’m not so familiar with it and this “road” is making me nervous. So after crossing the second river that flows over the road I found a place to park and we started hiking from there! The team of Gudrun, Torsten Kaerstin and I headed toward our 3rd 14,000 footer during our vacation here in Colorado. Skies are clear and we are hoping we have a nice day for our hike.
8:15 am
We reached the very nice Nellie Creek parking area. Too bad I was such a wimp, it would have been nice to have driven up to this point. Kinda funny that the parking area itself is rather nice, but the road to get here is a different story!
What a gorgeous day and such wonderful sights. Basically we can see Uncompahgre the whole time we hike. It looked so small this morning, but now that we get closer it is looking so huge. Kaerstin and I now have 1000’ of ascent left and it looks so far and no matter how slow we go, we are sucking air badly. But the weather is so nice we can stop to catch our breath and enjoy the views as often as we like.
The scramble up the backside of Uncompahre was a lot of fun. We don’t get to do this much back home in Vermont, so this was special. Now we just have 1,000 feet or so (as the crow flies) to get to the summit. We look back down in the valley and we can see Gudrun – she is soooo tiny!
SUMMIT! Wow wow wow. The Lord was good to us today – blue bird skies and calm winds – what a gorgeous place to be today! We took lots of pictures as we stood close to the edge – but not too close!
After taking lots of pictures, eating lunch and just enjoying our surroundings – we reluctantly say goodbye to the summit and head back toward the rest of the family.
Kaerstin and I reached the Nellie Creek parking lot and along the way we caught back up with Gudrun. Torsten wasn’t feeling well today so he had retreated back to the car earlier in the hike.
Back to the car on a day we won’t forget for a long time! This is a VERY interesting hike. You can see your goal almost the whole time. At first you can see it is ‘big’ and will be neat to stand on the edge of the cliff. But as you get closer the goal becomes enormous. And around 13,500 our breathing seemed to be very difficult and it became a lot of work. But on the summit, it was all very worth it!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1250 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Just a great day for a hike!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1250 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:County Rd 17, Uncompahgre Trail
    Trailhead:County Rd 17  10209 ft / 3111 m
    Time Up:8 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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