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 Peak(s):  Wilson Peak  -  14,017 feet
 Post Date:  04/15/2009
 Date Climbed:   04/13/2009
 Posted By:  Easy Rider

 Wilson Attempt   

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4/12/09

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.

4/13/09

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.

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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.

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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.

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The ridge blocked passage with a short 5th class pitch that was too much for me without the proper tools.

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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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  • Comments or Questions
Prairie Native


Pic number 5     2009-04-15 23:19:34
LOOKS UNEARTHLY. Almost an Asian mountain landscape. It looks like summer lighting with winter features. Same with the last shot, it looks like it could be 95 degrees. Good Job!


RoanMtnMan


Good photos     2009-04-15 23:26:36
Sorry it didn‘t work out but I have a feeling the beta will be appreciated.


cftbq


Kudos for the attempt     2009-04-16 12:10:03
and very nice photos. Others will definitely benefit from this TR.


Easy Rider


That‘s the way the gravy stains     2009-04-19 12:51:45



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