From Rock of Ages TH, we had to wait one hour for weather to move out, it wasn't fun getting rained on at 13K but patience pays off.
I love this area!
Climbed standard route from Kilpacker Creek (16 miles RT) - long day but a great climb!
Just under 3 hrs from Rock of Ages for the first 14er of the year. Bagged Gladstone while waiting for friends to summit Wilson.
From the Rock of Ages TH. Joined 5 friendly locals from Telluride to climb from the upper saddle to the summit. Saw fire plumes to the east.
Long day with big packs and ugly conditions. Had a mini melt down, but held it together... Marmots up there are vicious...
Finally a sunny day. Climb is very nice and a little spicy at the summit.
Climbed along with Gladstone on a trip to Navajo Basin.
Solo ascent from the Rock of Ages TH. Great day with fabulous views. Definitely need to get down there for more!
11th 14er this year.
Pretty miserable conditions reaching the summit.
Started at the Rock of Ages TH at 6:50am and entered the first basin. Semi-confusing trailsign mislead me to head up the basin with Silver Pick Mine. I then climbed up the end of the basin to the ridge, and followed it over Peak 13,540 (summit log tube at top) to the Rock of Ages saddle. Climbed peak via Southwest Ridge route. Was off the peak by noon, in time for intense T-storms at 13:00. Back to the TH by 2:30 after getting pelted by pea-marble sized hail. Another use for the climbing helmet!
with Faith, via new Rock of Ages trail (#429). New trail (props out to the forest service!) made it possible to take a trail to circumnavigate cockroach Nichols' private property. Well-marked trail to Rock of Ages col. Left TH @ 13.15 following long & late previous day (back @ TH/camp 23.31 after LONG day ascending/descending Lizard Head). Weather cooperated, though, & trail very easy to follow (easy route-finding from Rock of Ages col as well). Great day! Glad for your company, F.
Climbed with my best friend Robert N. - wonderful way to catch up on life after 2 years without a visit!!! Excellent high camp in Navajo Basin, including a visit from Mr. (giant black) Fox!!!
A quick jaunt across acres of scree. Only one more outing to finish the 14ers. Trip report.
The first peak I took Josh on for our Colorado trip. He did great. The summit scramble was fun and the views of the El Diente/Wilson Traverse was great.
Awwww... This was the hardest peak of the trip. Capitol Peak was much much easier by comparison... but then again I was not used to the altitude. I got around 500 feet from the summit which Matt Lemke suggested I stop. After he continued I passed out and woke up feeling very sick feeling. One of the worst summit attempts I've had in a long time. But the mountain itself was good quality.
Left Navajo Lake at 6am and got to the summit and 9:15am. Great summit was some of the most incredible views. We did this for a warm up for the Mt Wilson-El Diente Traverse. The day we summited was supposed to have awful weather (50% chance of thunderstomrs/rain. We had a little bit of rain on the summit, but nothing threatening hit us tell we started rolling down the hill. The Rock of Ages Mine is awesome..great place for rock hounding!
13 years old at the time and quite an intro to big peak climbing!
8/26/06 - Standard route from camp at Navajo Lake. Bad (electric) weather, shouldn't have climbed. Hid out in the little cabin below the Rock of Ages saddle to wait out storms on the way up and down!
1/14/12 - Winter ascent from Cross Mountain Trailhead. Dropped into upper Bilk Basin and climbed south slopes to join the standard route on the southwest ridge.
Tons of marmots though! :)