missed the first year from silver pick (forgot my damn parka), but made it from navajo the following year.
Tanya and I did this one together from Silver Pick Basin. A pretty straight-forward climb until you get to that false summit right before the top, then it gets fun! Great weather - very warm, but haze from the fires in the area obstructed some of the views.
Backpacked into Navajo Basin Friday night from the south, arriving at 5:30am; slept a few hours before starting out. Reached the saddle between Wilson and Gladstone quickly, but got way off route and climbed the third class ridge almost all the way. The route was covered in snow which made the last sections pretty treacherous - 2nd CO 14er
Excellant route from our Navajo Basin campsite. Weather was perfect on the summit but after getting back down the rock of ages it turned pretty foul pretty quickly. Luckily for us we were heading back to our camp and found shelter in a little old mining shack. The others heading to Silver Pick must've gotten soaked. And one couple started heading up shortly before the weather turned. Hopefully they made it off safely.
enjoyable hike some challenging class 3 near the summit.
Climbed in PM after traversing Mt. Wilson to El Diente for 12 hours total. There is a surprising false summit. The true summit is not seen until you are one step from what appears to be the top. Then the hard class 3 downclimb and back up reveals itself.
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.
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!
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.