| Wilson Attempt
The San Juans have been getting hit by some big storms in the last couple of weeks. Sunday alone brought over a foot of wet heavy spring snow to Telluride, and the Wilsons were socked in. I dropped the sled at the snow closure, and punched a deep track up an untracked road, wishing I had a snorkel. About a hundred yards from the summer trailhead the sidehills became a problem. I stopped and scooted the machine around in place, ug, and headed back to camp. I knew I was going to have to forfeit this climb, but still wanted to get up there and ride a little. forgot my camera, so brought a couple disposables: the optics are not great.
I slept on the trailer, and let the moon wake me about three. A little late for an actual summit bid, but self sabotage is one way of making the decision sooner, rather than later.
I rallied up to the TH again, and skinned into Silver Pick basin.
I headed for the bottoms when the road cut across several areas of concern, and emerged in the basin from a narrow cliffy gorge.
The right side of the basin allowed a reasonably safe route to the Rock Of Ages Saddle. From there things started to get a little dicy with all the new snow.
When I was confronted with the next traversing section from the Gladstone saddle I stopped. This south facing aspect was really caked from yesterday, and the temperature was starting to rise. It would be difficult and dangerous.
The ridge blocked passage with a short 5th class pitch that was too much for me without the proper tools.
The run back was really good, though. I would like to get back soon when things have settled out and firmed up a bit to ride the east face, or the little slot on the west face.
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