Kings peak reportJuly 14 2005 at 6:12 PM
|Scott Wesemann (Login climb14ers)|
I just returned from climbing Kings peak and West Gunsight peak in the Uintas. The snow is burning off fast and I would not let that scare you off. We did have to negotiate some snow, but it was not a problem. We glissaded down from the ridge to save some time. The worst part was the incredible amount of mosquitoes up there this year. I have done Kings 5 times since 97 and this was the worst year by far for bugs. We had to apply deet constantly to keep them at bay. Also, Painter basin is totally soggy, so expect a lot of mud. We avoided it by climbing up and over West Gunsight peak and we avoided it on the descent too, by glissading down some snow on the back side of West Gunsight. We were also surprised at the lack of people on the mountain. We only ran into two other groups in three days and one night we were the only people camped at Dollar Lake. That actually made the trip very enjoyable.