Spent a couple of casual days skiing and slogging up to the Rock of Ages Col. It could be done in one very long day, but we were just enjoying the outing! Dug the snow out of the miner's shack on the Navajo Basin side for a (relatively) comfy place to stay. Climbed Wilson the next day in horrible weather (got bona fide frostbite on one toe!). Summit day was so raw and intense -- best day of mountaineering ever!!! This was our (Rain Sussman and I) second winter ascent of a 14'er.
Not bad...I did it on the way back from Mount Wilson...climbing back up to the 13,000 foot ridge from Navajo Basin makes this final thousand feet pretty quick. Only took about an hour from the 13,000 foot saddle. The South slopes (most of the route) were completely clear of snow...but the final crux move was quite interesting with a few inches of snow on those small hand and footholds...beautiful views! Do the mountain in september, as the leaves are simply amazing up there!
Route Climbed: Silver Pick Basin Date Climbed: 09-15-90
We climbed this when one could drive a 4WD vehicle to the Silver Pick Mine bunkhouse. Instead of going to the Rock of Ages saddle and following the trail behind, we climbed directly up the NW side through a very mobile pile of talus. Not recommended!!! We got wiser coming down and descended via the "standard" route.