Climbed this after summit of El Diente. Difficult traverse and downclimb. Epic Day.
With Mike Green
Exhilerating finish to the traverse. Rock of Ages TH was closed at this time, but may be open now. Had a long day from Woods.
Easy after just completing the North Ridge on Kit Carson. Bagged on the traverse to El Diente due to weather.
My last 14er in Colorado.
We noticed that Roach added the Rock of Ages trailhead/approach in the 3rd edition. Tried to get there - the road was gated. Given deteriorating forecasts and our schedules, we decided our best option was to dayhike from the Navajo Basin TH. Started at 2:15am. I felt great and was moving fast, but ran into route-finding issues and summitted at 11am. We were hurried off the summit by gathering weather. Got into rain and hail on the way down. Feel fortunate to have squeezed it into a narrow window.
up and down a couple times from the saddle to peak. fun summit. via the traverse, ecommended; tr here http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
8/27/06 - From camp in Navajo Basin. Traversed from El Diente and descended the standard route.
2/12/11 - Backpacked from Dunton into Kilpacker Basin. Climbed the southwest couloir with a variation near the top to avoid the standard 4th class finish. Lots of fresh snow in the couloir so we roped up and placed pro in the surrounding rock to try to protect against a possible avalanche. Awesome climb!
A great mtn!
My friend & I witnessed a massive rock slide on this one, the down climb from the summit is pretty intense!
ended my month after I rolled my ankle badly at 13k. It was a long backpack out with a stupidly swollen ankle
Amazing summit ridge! The best part! This summit has been the most inspirational of all the mountains I have climbed by far, minus Lone Eagle Peak.
Also later in July as part of Wilson-El Diente Ridge.
Started up from base camp at 8:15AM reaching summit at 12:15PM on the standard route. Stayed briefly; back to camp at 2:35PM then packed-out the 5+ miles to the TH. My 54th 14er on this splendid day..........Sweet!
Traversed from El Diente. A day trip starting from Kilpacker TH and returning via Navajo Basin and Kilpacker Trail. Good weather, nice scrambling on the summit ridge.
Great day out
Great backpacking and climb!
I hiked up Mount Wilson, then traversed over to El Diente. Part of a really great backpacking trip with my Dad.
The snow didn't hurt the traverse, and immensely helped the descent -- plunge steps FTW. I didn't get sidetracked much, and it still took me about 1h30. 1 hour would really be cruising.
Did the traverse from El Diente in perfect weather. Hard work, but very rewarding.