Peak:  Wilson Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  jrb6907
 Date of Info:  09/29/2013
 Date Posted:  09/30/2013

From ROA TH snow has accumulated (dusting to 6") over much of the trail from ~11K up. There was a lot of melting down low on my descent. The downclimb off the false summit and ascent back to the summit ridge was pretty sporty. I used microspikes and spent considerable time feeling for footholds through areas of soft drift snow up to 18". Melting and refreezing could create additional challenges but this section gets very little direct sun. Downclimbing the class 3 ledges around 13.2K was sketchy due to slushy conditions but if the forecast holds the ledges will likely be dry soon. It was a beautiful snow climb.

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