Peak:  Mt. Wilson (14er)
 Route:  Mt. Wilson and El Diente Traverse
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  jmcguire1969
 Date of Info:  06/26/2020
 Date Posted:  07/02/2020

I did the traverse from El Diente to Mt. Wilson on 6/26/20. The only other traverse I've done is the Maroon Bells (South to North) 10 years ago so not super experienced with this kind of stuff. My advise for this route is to allow enough time, take your time with route finding and do not panic. It took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to make the traverse and lucked out with a great weather window. There are a few spots; 1) on the Gendarmes and 2) the Narrows where I probed a few different options and didn't really like either one. The couple sketchy/exposed spots had really solid rock and didn't require any significant acrobatics but were mentally tough to commit to. After getting off the Narrows, there are still a couple snow fields to cross where an ice axe will provide additional comfort as you cross them. The snow coverage on the North Slopes of Mount Wilson allowed for a great glissade back down to the upper Navajo Basin saving wear-and-tear on the knees. Enjoy!

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