|Peak:||Uncompahgre Peak (14er)|
|Route:||South Ridge from Nellie Creek|
|Date of Information:||05/29/2011|
Standard 4wd can make it to just past 1st stream crossing. A large boulder is in the middle of the road about 0.2 mi above stream crossing - narrower, modified 4wd made it to just past the junction where they were stopped by a drift. Continuous snow starts about 1/2 mi below 4wd TH.
Using beta from Rastaman566, packed in from 2wd Saturday night to 4wd TH (~2hrs), climbed Sunday morning (~5hrs RT), descended Sunday noonish (~1.5 hrs). Moderate pace; few breaks. Snowshoes highly recommended after about 10AMish due to sun. Snowshoe traction was useful in the morning for gaining the higher slopes. Crampons weren't used, but an ice axe was used for the crux, cliffy, gully section (1st gully still holding a lot of firm snow - can either kickstep across or climb up to exposed, class 3ish stuff). Snow not continuous up top. Wet slides all over the place - obvious and avoidable. I'd recommend starting extremely early.
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