Peak(s):  Wilson Peak  -  14,017 feet
Date Posted:  08/08/2012
Date Climbed:   08/04/2012
Author:  arianna2

 Silver Pick Basin approach, Southwest Ridge  

We were not sure if we were going to find an adequate camp spot for our pop up trailer, but there was plenty to choose from. There are 7 campsites, none of them were used yet. By far, the best one is right after the stream crossing. The road is very easy for any vehicle. Image We started the next morning at about 5:10. One or two other groups had just started up as well. It was beautiful morning, no long underwear needed for this day. It was a bit brutal hiking through the miles of talus and scree. Image Image Image Image It seemed like a very long ways to the stone house. Image Finally, the first saddle came into view. Image The next objective is the small saddle and there is just a little bit of scrambling there. Image Image On top of the small saddle, we had a good view of the fun stuff. We were lucky that there had been a rain a day or so before, because the dirt between the rocks was tacky rather than banana peel like. However, there are a lot of possible routes, and some of them involve looser rock. Be careful if you are below anyone, my husband almost got his hand smashed. Overall, we felt like the trail description was very good – you want to pick your way up close to the ridge, but stay below it. I thought it was even more fun climbing on the way back down. Image Image This section to the top is only a mile and a half or so but takes over an hour to complete. The false summit looks a little bit like the true summit. It was easy to go up it and a little more tricky on the other side. Image Image Then the true summit – looks much more daunting than it is. You can see the inner gully below the man on the summit and it looks pretty unsafe. The route to take is just this side of the deep gouge that often holds snow. I think we went up just a little closer to that cavity and the cracks above it than these people in the picture. There are several options, but it was never really very difficult to choose where to go. There is some loose rock to be cautious of. We waited for other climbers to get up that last pitch before coming back down. Image Image Image We reached the summit at about 9:20. It was so nice, no wind, just all sun. We spent close to 45 minutes on the summit. We stopped to take a closer look at the stone house and it’s one occupant – a marmot, on the way back down. We got back to the trailhead at about 1:40. Then a nice freezing wash off in the stream next to our camp. Great climb.

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 Comments or Questions

08/09/2012 17:15
Looks like you guys had a nice climb. Encouraging to hear that it's ”not too bad” to climb. Thanks.


08/19/2012 00:24
Hi Arianna,

I'm John H's sister and he had asked if I had any info about this trip before you left for Telluride. I hope it came in handy; what did you think of the climb?


08/19/2012 02:50
Yes, thanks for the info. The trip was great.

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