Near the town of Dunton Colorado, the end of plowed road, and the start of our hiking.
We have left the road, which was groomed snowmobile track, and started on the Navajo Lake trail.
Dominic's heavy load, it takes a lot of gear to climb a winter 14er safely.
I lost a crown to a shot block on the way in. It looked a lot like this summit, El Diente.
The next day we are in the upper bowl, wow, there is a lot of snow.
Our goal Mt Wilson is on the right. We went up right where Sarah is pointing.
John Prater leading up the couloir.
Dominic and Sarah follow.
Maybe we won't traverse to El Diente.
Gladstone Peak to the right, Wilson Peak farther back.
on our way back down
SW El Diente, will that route work?
Kilpacker falls cliff band
Kilpacker falls and our route through the willows to the left
a beautiful site
a lot of snow to melt, Ken Nolan graciously provided his Jetboil Helios for most of it.
tomorrow we attempt El Diente. Our route will be straight up to the saddle just left of El Dientes summit.
The Meisers enjoy dinner.
The start of 2000' of heavy snow trail breaking while simul climbing.
the ramp through the cliff band
John Prater leads out again. Dominic and him swapped leads all day.
this snow took a lot of effort to climb
Once on the ridge it appeared to be more difficult than anticipated. The slope to the right was too steep to traverse although the photo makes it look easy. The left side was steeper.
John is out there at the end of the rope. It was 2pm and we had a long descent ahead, we made the difficult decision to turn around.
the first clouds of the weekend appear to cool things down a bit.
we downclimb the ramp and head back to camp. 1 hard fought summit success and one summit failure behind us. It was a rewarding weekend.
Kilpacker basin and our tracks.
topping out on Mt. Wilson - photo by Sarah Meiser