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shknbkefrom Navajo Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006


Took over 5 hrs one way from Navajo Lake with an afternoon start as the weather broke temporarily. Took north slopes route which is the loosest, most dangerous rock I have been on. I would highly recommend NOT descending this route!
Posted Sep 15, 2006 6:40 pm

Brian KaletWest Ridge via Navajo Lake (ascent), Traverse to Mount Wilson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

Brian Kalet

12 hours roundtrip from Navajo Lake TH. Trip Report
Posted Aug 21, 2006 4:07 pm

CODaveNorth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2006


Started w/ El Diente from Navajo Basin, traversed to Mt. Wilson, then traversed in talus below Gladstone up to Gladstone-Wilson Peak saddle and then on to Wilson Peak. Descended and left camp. 15 hr day camp to TH
Posted Aug 12, 2006 5:30 am

seth@LOKI2x  Sucess!


2x and counting
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:16 pm

shanahan96south buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006


soloed the south buttress from kilpacker basin. it's a class 5.0-5.2 route going through some questionable rock. being early in the season with no one for miles, just throw the bad rock aside and keep going. a scary yet exhilirating route! do this one.

Posted Jul 1, 2006 12:25 am

Mountain JimNorth Slope.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 1969

Mountain Jim

Inexperienced climbers might want a rope in a couple of places just below the summit ... mostly for the exposure.
Posted Mar 20, 2006 2:37 am

markhyamsNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 1999


Snow was mostly melted out, with it being a steep dirt climb, with a few patches of ice. I came in from Silver Pick basin.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 12:18 am

LSRoute Climbed: north slopes Date Climbed: 8-sep-2005  Sucess!


See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_wilson
Posted Dec 26, 2005 4:50 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: September 6, 2005  Sucess!


Surprised with how many wild flowers there were and how lush the grass was. It was great to be there after Labor Day since there was only 1 other person on the mountain that day .
Posted Sep 16, 2005 10:48 am

skideep1Route Climbed: Kilpacker Creek South Slopes Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!


Started early. Solo ascent. Off Mtn by 9:30am
Posted Jul 22, 2005 4:36 am

doumallRoute Climbed: Traverse from Mt. Wilson Date Climbed: 7-10-05  Sucess!


Summited with ColoradoScott. Traverse was solid and fun, took 3 hours. The descent off El Diente into Navajo Basin is loose and steep. Take this mountain seriously!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 1:55 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: East Ridge traverse from Mt. Wilson Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!


The ridge traverse IS a classic, but not as difficult as I imagined. The downclimbs and scrambles are exiting and the exposure along parts of the ridge are exhilarating (or terrifying to some, probably)!!! The traverse took three hours. On the descent, We scrambled down rocks to reach the main snow couloir and found the top of the snow to be thin (18" over rock) and I took a nasty fall, despite my crampons and axe. After immediately attemping self-arrest, which only slowed my progress on the 55 degree slope, due to the rotten snow conditions, I flipped onto my back when my crampons caught a rock hidding under the shallow snow. Immediately I returned into the arrest positon, finally coming to a stop after a 100 foot slide (and only ten feet above a ten foot drop onto rocks. Fortunately, my quick reactions and equipment prevented any injuries other than scraped knuckles and some soreness.

My partner carefully downclimbed this section w/o incident, although he was shaken to watch my accident. Because of the steepness and soft snow, we downclimbed rock ribs until the slope angle eased back to about 35-40 degrees, where we tested the snow, and began glissading to the bottom, carefully avoiding and rock outcrops below. I finally hobbled into camp 13 hours after our day began.

The moral of the story is: 1)wear a helmet (like I did), 2) have an axe and crampons and know how to used them (it could save your life), 3) climb these with partners, and 4) do not take them lightly...they are difficult climbs with dangerous potential, even if the weather is perfect.
Posted Jul 12, 2005 1:03 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: north slopes, return to Silver Pick Date Climbed: August 1995  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed the steep, snow-filled gullies and ribs up and down the north slope, following a partial descent from Mount Wilson to about 13,000'. This was a miserable route, and my most difficult climb in the Colorado Rockies to date. Made for an extremely long day, with the latter part being done in a cold rain.
Posted Feb 20, 2005 6:17 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


Wow, what a mountain! We backpacked into Navajo Lake and thought it wouldn't be a long day up El Diente from there. But the monsoons started building around 8:00 AM (!), the rocks were covered with a thin glaze of ice in places, and one of the guys in our party was feeling pretty sick. However, we got up to the top after all of that thanks to an early start and some luck with the storms barely missing us as we were descending down the couloir. Don't take this mountain lightly at all!
Posted Sep 9, 2004 12:58 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: 15 Aug 2004  Sucess!


Camped below the route on Sat...started up at 5:00a.m. and caught a beautiful sunrise half way up. We followed the couloir most of the way by climbing the rock on either side and then took a direct path up to the summit. Continued on the ridge traverse to Wilson after that.
Posted Aug 16, 2004 12:20 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Kilpacker Basin Date Climbed: June 20, 2004  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Wow...what a beautiful campsite at Kilpacker. The end of the climb can be difficult as the route can disappear on you when there is snow coverage...pretty awesome though!
Posted Jul 22, 2004 3:50 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: El Diente and ridge over to Wilson from Silver Pick trailhead Date Climbed: Jyly 9, 2004  Sucess!
Thursday and Friday joined a guide and three others on this

climb of El-Diente and Wilson via the ridge. See trip report.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 8:21 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: north chutes Date Climbed: june 02  Sucess!


miserable route. awesome campsite in Navajo basin, but without snow, avoid the north side and do kilpacker.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:33 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 17, 2003  Sucess!


This was the most amazing, challenging and rewarding route I've done to date on a 14er. We started the day from our Navajo Lake campsite. Gaining the ridge was extremely difficult as we were climbing rock that was very loose and inbetween talus and scree in size. On several occasions I would step up and the rock would slide causing me to only move a short distance with each step. Once on the ridge the climb became very exciting with sections of extreme exposure yet solid rock that made these sections very comfortable to climb. Gerry Roach says routefinding is key on this route. Well we must've gotten lucky because the route seemed pretty straight forward. Next task traverse to Mount Wilson :)
Posted Feb 1, 2004 10:46 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


A late summer freeze cemented the scree on the north face solid, so we had no problems with the infamous rockfall. Still, wear a helmet. Traversed to Mount Wilson. Another group on the mountain had a miserable + dangerous descent of this route - be careful.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:09 pm

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