In July 2010 Terri and I flew
to Durango to visit the San Juan mountain range. We wanted to climb
Mount Sneffels (high point on the horizon, right of center) and
then I wanted to try Wetterhorn Peak (foreground) solo.
This is a Ryan Schilling
photo of the west side of Sneffels, taken from Gilpin Peak.
We spent the first night in Ouray, rented a jeep and drove
to a high trailhead (somewhere in the lower right of this
photo). To approach the summit you go up the valley, take a
right up the scree, then a left at the saddle between two
Terri at the trailhead, all
bright and chipper.
We headed north toward the
first gully, or "col". Funny, scree is easy when it is
Terri turns to head up
A quick rest about halfway up
the first section.
We alternated between the
scree on the right and the loose rocks to the left. Neither
was much fun.
It was encouraging to near the
saddle. We would take a left between the rock ridges.
From the saddle, suddenly the
world east of the mountain comes into view.
This companion to another
climber was having a blast in the snow.
The view to the west began
to open up as well. Terri contemplates Round 2, the climb
northward up "Scree Col".