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dsnellRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge--Bilk Basin Variation Date Climbed: July 1993  Sucess!


I climbed Wilson Peak with my brother, John Snell, of Durango (at the time) and friend, Kurt Schneider, also of Durango. We spent the night in the old miner's cabin in Bilk Basin, which was full of about three feet of snow because somebody had left the old door open the year before. It actually worked out well, because we had a relatively soft snow shelf to sleep on, which is basically the same thing we would have slept on outside. It slept three guys and a dog fairly comfortably. This was the year Southern Colorado received record snow fall, so we glissaded down about 600' below the cabin--great fun!
Posted Dec 18, 2002 9:39 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Silver Pick Date Climbed: August 26 2000  Sucess!


Originally were going to try the triple slam. Settled on Wilson Peak due to bad weather. It hailed about 2 inches up high which made conditions slippery.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 1:38 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Silver Pick Basin Date Climbed: 7/14/02  Sucess!


Nice hike with just a little bit of class 3 to make it interesting!
Posted Jul 14, 2002 6:46 pm

mountrobsonRoute Climbed: Silver Pick Date Climbed: 02-14-02  Sucess!


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.
Posted Mar 2, 2002 5:52 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Silver Pick Date Climbed: 10/18/01  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

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!
Posted Sep 22, 2001 3:55 pm

pailsmurfRoute Climbed: silver pick mine Date Climbed: july 98  Sucess!
this was neat..... o.k. well it was a little challenging, but a fun climb. I think the reason why it was so bad is that I hiked it in a pair of vans. never do that very bad. it started to rain on the way down, I was slipping and swearing the whole way down. if your afraid of hieghts don't climb mountains, also theres one little sketchy part close to the summit, you have to climb down about 70 feet 5 pointing it then you climb back up to summit. lots of fun.
Posted May 28, 2001 7:31 pm

thepluggerRoute Climbed: Silver Pick Basin Date Climbed: 09-15-90  Sucess!


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.
Posted May 9, 2001 8:19 pm

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