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Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

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Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby PKR » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:57 am

I was playing on Wilson Peak’s NW face yesterday and took some photo I thought I would share….

Wilson’s NE face.
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Wilson’s NW face.
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Lower Silver Pick Basin from ~11,900ft..
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Upper Silver Pick Basin looking from Wilson’s NW face ~13,100ft.
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A shot of Rock of Ages pass with El Diente’s north face in the background.
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Rock of Ages pass from ~12,300ft. in upper Silver Pick Basin.
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Yesterday I drove up Silver Pick rd. to the usual winter snow closure (~9,400ft. & ~ 1.8 mi. below the upper gate) from here I walked up the road .5 mi. where I clicked in and began my skin up into Silver pick basin. Snow coverage was continuous beyond the Wilson Mesa Trail intersection. I skinned up to ~13,500ft. on Wilson Peak’s NW face.

At 2:30 pm Wilson‘s NW face skied well, stiff wind affected powder down to about 12,800ft., between 12.800ft. & 12,600ft. I hit a small patch of breakable crust. At 12,600ft The basin's snow transitioned into a mix of mashed potatoes and corn and depending on aspect. Below the upper gate things got progressively sloppy.

Enjoy your spring skiing,
Ken

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Re: Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby Adventurgal » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:27 am

Awesome pics.

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Re: Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby schrund » Sat May 01, 2010 8:00 am

Does this mean the Silverpick Basin TH "issue" is now resolved?

Nice pics~
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Re: Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby Jcwhite » Sat May 01, 2010 8:12 am

schrund wrote:Does this mean the Silverpick Basin TH "issue" is now resolved?

Nice pics~


If you are on snow...are you on his land?

Kidding really....but that boy is from Texas. In the summertime I think the other approaches are far more scenic anyway.
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Re: Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby Easy Rider » Sat May 01, 2010 8:46 am

Ken, Thanks for the Wilsons update, and PM, enjoyed your summer report from Slate Creek. I'm headed that way this weekend if you are interested in Mt. WIlson from Slate Cr.
j~

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Re: Current Wilson Pk. & Silver Pick Basin snow conditions, 4-27

Postby SchralpTheGnar » Sat May 01, 2010 9:08 am

Good luck on Mount Wilson, I'm very interested in doing that peak from Slate Creek as well, probably not this year, but some year.

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