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 Peak(s):  Mt. Wilson  -  14,246 feet
 Post Date:  07/30/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/28/2009
 Posted By:  zeekzilch

 Fear and Loathing at 4,342 metres (14,246 feet)   

 
 

My personal page about low impact techniques:
http://www.rogerwendell.com/softly.html

My personal page about 14ers:
http://www.rogerwendell.com/14ers.html

I had just finished climbing Wilson Peak with three others who were a bit smarter than me - they saw the weather above Mount Wilson and decided to head back to camp. I, on the other hand, thought I could risk the weather but was wrong - I violated my own rule by not turning around by noon and ended up getting caught in the rain at over 4,000 metres on my way back down from the summit.

Nevertheless, I made the summit in about two hours from the basin between Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak. Even on the summit it appeared that I had enough time to swap out the old summit register and make a GPS waypoint - I did both - I volunteer to take old summit registers back to the Colorado Mountain Club's Golden office where they archive 'em for for future use and research
( http://www.cmc.org ).

Slippery, wet and treacherous - you don't want to be downclimbing 3rd and 4th class terrain with lightning and thunder all about you. At first it started with graupel (subminiature hail-like snowflakes) pelting me in the face and then it turned to rain. I tried to take cover, as best I could, but was pretty much out in the open anytime I thought it was starting to clear and I'd make a run for it - the rain and lightning would suddenly appear again making a hazardous situation that much more dangerous. Lightning flashes were less than one second away and quite loud - I dare not use the camera or do anything else during those dangerous periods...

Here is the YouTube video I made of myself on the summit. If all you see is a bunch of white space here please scroll further down for the regular pictures. (The reason you're seeing white space is because most employers block YouTube videos as they'd rather have you working than studying climbing beta...)



Pix:
(I usually take a lot of photographs on my way down but didn't get a chance as the storm moved in right after I left the summit. But, you can get a good idea about the approach and other info from my Wilson Peak report at: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6744&parmuser=zeekzilch&cpgm=tripuser)

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    Roger J. Wendell (aka ZeekZilch) on top of Wilson Peak with Mount Wilson in the background - to be visited in just a few short hours...

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    On the summit block nearing the top


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    One small step for man, one giant leap for weather forecasting...   


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    Looking toward El Diente   


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    My favorite mountaineer with Wilson Peak behind him
    


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    Summit register courtesty the Colorado Mountain Club ( http://www.cmc.org )
 
     

 
 



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
cftbq


Congratulations     2009-08-01 12:57:32
Sounds like great time between the two peaks. Glad you did get down safely.


bad andy


Nice     2009-08-01 22:27:04
Good job Roger!
We talked briefly as you were just starting your ascent of
Mt. Wilson. I was taking a break on my way down - just a few hundred feet above the basin.
Did you ever see the other 2 climbers I mentioned?
Once I got back to camp, and starting tearing things down, it was getting pretty nasty. The family and I were hoping (and assuming) you had turned around. Glad you made it OK, and congrats!



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