05-11-2011, 10:51 PM #1
TR: Wilson Peak (aka the one in the Coors ads)
Wilson Peak, 14,017ft
San Juan mountains, Colorado
North East Face
Skied the peak in the Coors commercials on Saturday with Marc, Ben (Benners on TGR) and Rick.
Parked on the road below the Wilson Mesa and Silver Pick trailheads around 9,650ft. Left the truck by 3:45am Saturday morning. Skinning the road was efficient until we had a mandatory game of Limbo.
Ben, Rick, and Marc in the basin for sunrise.
Climbing the northwest face is efficient cause it puts you on the ridge less than two hundred vert from the summit.
Ben and Rick negotiating the brief dry section before the ridge.
Cresting the ridge provides amazing views of Gladstone, Mt. Wilson, and El Diente (Sunday's objective). Catching the sun, these views, and the realization that you're only 10 minutes from the summit, all at the same time, made getting up in the middle of the night and skinng in the dark for hours well worth it.
Made the summit about 9am.
And enjoyed the views for a little too long.
Stopped just below the summit to figure out the line.
The first few hundred vert were pretty steep. Pushing 55 degrees in spots. Unfortunately the coverage in this section was thin so we were all too nervous to link many turns. With good snow this top section would be incredible.
After a couple dozen sketchy jump and kick turns we got to where things looked promosing.
Finally able to relax a bit.
We cut right about a hundred yards where our line appeared to end in cliffs and found another couloir with a small entry fee.
Ben making turns in the lower chute.
Opening it up lower down.
The day ends by traversing hard left
and fighting our way through some tight trees to find the truck.
Went to Telluride for burgers and then really enjoyed doing nothing the rest of the day before totally exhausting ourselves on El Diente Sunday.
05-11-2011, 11:13 PM #2
Very Nice. Looks like a fun time
05-11-2011, 11:51 PM #3
Solid, nice work fellas.
I'm pretty sure that is the one on the can too.`•.¸¸.•´><((((º>`•.¸¸.•´¯`•.¸.•´¯`•...¸><((((º>
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05-12-2011, 02:39 AM #4
Tap the Rockies!a positive attitude will not solve all of your problems, but it may annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
05-12-2011, 05:24 AM #5
05-12-2011, 09:21 AM #6
Nicely done, great TR and photos.www.mymountaincoop.ca
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05-12-2011, 09:41 AM #7
Yeah dawg, great pics, classic line. Let me know what your plans end up being for the weekend. I'm still looking for a partner for Lindsey.
05-12-2011, 11:18 AM #8
Nice work, guys. You should have picked up a sixer of Coors in Golden and drank it at the top.
05-12-2011, 11:56 AM #9Registered User
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very cool, looks fun!Corner store junkies giving advice
05-12-2011, 08:32 PM #10
FKNA....great peak, great line, great stoke
05-12-2011, 10:40 PM #11
Nice one, eh? Still one of my favorites!-
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05-13-2011, 12:22 PM #12Panda Bear
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05-13-2011, 05:40 PM #13
solid work guysWait, What?
Friends of Berthoud Pass
05-13-2011, 10:54 PM #14
05-16-2011, 09:16 PM #15
looking nice and burly!
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