Left Navajo Lake at 6am knowing that there was a 30% chance of tstorms. Got to the top of El Diente via the godawful North Slope Route at 9:20am. Part of our group was having issues with exposure so we left the summit of El Diente at 10:00am and half our group decided to go down. We continued across the ridge and got to the saddle in 40 mins. A storm rolled in and we watched and heard the lighting from the ridge over Navajo Basin. It cleared up so we kept going. Went off route in the crux section and ended up climbing some scary 5th class choss. We summited Mt. Wilson at 11:30am and then went down the regular route back to lake. All in all, it took 8 hours roundtrip. The summit ridge to Mt. Wilson is spectacular and the coolest summit ridge I have ever done. One of my top five summits for sure
via Navajo Basin. Pretty exhausted still from outing on El Diente the day before, but went for it anyway. Route description given here pretty much spot on. Fun, especially last ~50'. Spectacular views (wildfires obvious, though). Back @ camp @ lake shortly after 18.00- enough time to break down camp & backpack out. Magnificent peak & great day! Glad Faith enjoyed it too.
We did the El Diente/Wilson traverse which was a lot of fun. I admit I'm not used to the Colorado altitude so I was definitely tired by the end of the day.
Fun first 14er for me and a hitchhiker from Colombia.
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.
Got Wilson Peak and Mount Wilson with Chris Gerber and Tressa Breindel. Was also planning on El Diente, but got stormed out.
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!