Peak:  Mt. Wilson (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  emily_m
 Date of Info:  07/11/2020
 Date Posted:  07/13/2020

Did Kilpacker TH -> El Diente -> traverse to Mt Wilson -> down southwest slopes. Everything up El Diente and on the traverse is summer conditions, remnant snow can be avoided or quickly crossed without issue. On the way down Mt. Wilson in the early afternoon, we used ice axes to glissade. The upper part of the route is dry, but you will hit snow when entering the upper basin. There was some sun-cupping in the snow, but the glissade was overall pleasant and way faster than trying to boot ski or walk down the very large snowfields. I thought it was worth having the axe for this purpose as I gained some speed in some longer sections. It didn't seem like this route would be super fun to go up right now, though the snow was very icy in the morning so you could go up with traction. A lot of the snow was unavoidable.

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 Comments or Questions

07/15/2020 14:15
At the end of the traverse do you meet up with Mt. Wilson€„¢s standard route or do you drop to the SW route?

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