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jafriesenSW face to ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2013

jafriesen

Climbed Williams on the way up to Thompson from the Redfish TH. Had a nice hike to the SW face and picked a line straight to the ridge. After gaining the ridge, had a lot of fun climbing over and under several towers of rock and false summits. Saw 9 mountain goats running along the north ridge and cliffs along the south face. After following the ridge to the summit block, I hesitated for a bit until I found the chute that goes up almost directly west. From there, it was straight to the top after a quick and narrow traverse north to the true summit. What an awesome climb!
Posted Aug 6, 2013 8:21 pm

markthejockSE slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010

markthejock

Climbed up the SE slopes after setting up camp at the small lake beneath the Williams/Thompson saddle.
Posted Feb 18, 2012 7:08 am

mansfieoSE slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2011

mansfieo

This would make a great ski descent! Maybe this spring. Great angle, exposure, and nice perspective on Thompson.
Posted Nov 1, 2011 2:56 pm

alexExcellent Adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2010

alex

Ascended the Southeast ridge until it stopped short of the summit. Saw the goat and tried ascending the Southwest ridge before hitting a larger face than I was prepared to scale solo. After another try, I finally found the correct gulley that led to the last section of the thin Southwest ridge to the summit. An excellent, warm and cloudless day!
Posted Jul 22, 2010 1:29 am

SawtoothExplorerSouth Slopes - SW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

SawtoothExplorer

Perfect Day. Hiked south slopes close to Thompson saddle to gain the Williams ridge. The summit ridge is definitely interesting. Glad I had the gps with me to pin point the correct summit as many of the pinnacles seem like they are the 'one'. traversed the nrth west side of the ridge to reach the summit, and was greeted by the local mountain goat 100ft from the summit. Apparently he though it was a great day to summit as well!
Posted Jul 19, 2009 6:43 pm

sprossedaSouth Slope to SW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009

sprosseda

Took Alpine way from Stanley ranger station dirt road. Into Thompson Lake basin and up snow to Thompson-Williams steep snow/rock headwall. No need to go up headwall and around to dense tree stand on SW side. Just went straight up dirty south slopes to ridgeline. Then some ups and downs on N side of SW ridge. Lost some time in class 4 dead ends on last 2 towers. Finally found way to top on loose west slopes. Top-most ridge is narrow 2ft wide, exciting and beatiful white rock. Great views. Big thunderstorms and got snowed on while on summit and coming down. Back down alpine way to Redfish Lake backpackers lot. Roundtrip time of 7 hours. Excellent day!
Posted Jul 9, 2009 5:50 pm

kdonaldsonSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

kdonaldson

Went up with my friend Brandon and 3 dogs to attempt Willams from the Southern Slopes. Stated class 3 turned out to be more of a route finding problem than expected. Left the redfish trailhead at 6:35. At a leisurely pace - reached the junction to head up into the Thompson/Williams valley after 1.5 hours. No problems until we started heading up the south slopes. It is difficult to figure out which point is the high point from the slopes and I had not committed the image to memory. I was route finding in front with two of the dogs, and we got a little too far to the left and got up into some tricky class 3, which was too challenging for the dogs. Cross back down and to the climbers right until reach a wide drainage almost in the middle of the slope (which is what you should target). With tired dogs, and Brandons leg cramping up, they decided to rest, and were not going to head to the summit. It looked close and I felt good. It was about 11:10 AM. I went up sticking on the class 3 rock over the loose gravel of the gully, and summited in about 40 minutes. 15-20 minutes later I was back down with Brandon and the dogs. Tricky decent, and best to stick to rock where possible. We were back down to the car at about 3:15 pm. Went up and grabbed a swim in redfish lake, and a burger at the lodge.
Great day.
Posted Aug 17, 2008 4:12 pm

Scrambling ManSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2007

Scrambling Man

Took approach from Redfish Lake on the Alpine Way trail. Took climbers trail into Thompson/Williams basin and then shot up Williams. Caught a little more of the east ridge than we tried to, but it was a fun scramble. Terrific views of the Sawtooths.
Posted Jun 10, 2007 11:38 am

awilsondcRoute Climbed: East Ridge via SE slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006

awilsondc

I just got back into Idaho for a couple weeks and couldn't wait to get up into the mountains. I was worried about snow so I was wondering what I could do with a good class 3/4 climb on a south facing slope. The answer was obvious!.... I had no idea. Thank god for SP! I found this page and it fit what I wanted to do perfectly. I took the fishhook creek and alpine way trails until the trail faded on the SE slope of Williams. From there I traversed west while climbing until I reached the ridge, and then scrambled up to the summit. What an AMAZING scramble!!! Sooooo much fun! There was still plenty of snow in the sawtooths, but it didn't effect the climb up, and made for some good glissading to speed up the descent. Good views from the summit too!
Posted Jun 29, 2006 9:17 pm

splattskiRoute climbed: south side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2001

splattski

Walked up Fishhook Creek, scrambled up the scree to the summit, then headed over to Thompson for a long day.
Posted Feb 18, 2006 2:16 pm

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: East Ridge- Class 4 Date Climbed: September 28, 2005  Sucess!

SawtoothSean

Great trail run, then an exciting scramble up and over many pinnacles and across some steep gullies. Mountain Goats near the ridge and great views of Thompson.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 7:05 pm

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