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Colorado Climbs

Mount Wilson
El Diente
Mount Wilson / El Diente Traverse

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Mount Wilson

Grade II

Mount Wilson is Colorado's 15th highest mountain, and the second highest mountain in the San Juan Range. The North Face is an enjoyable snow climb and alpine scramble route which can be done in one very long day or a more relaxed two-day trip - route conditions hold well into mid summer. Mt Wilson is a good choice for a conditioning or training climb in preparation for other bigger trips, or for people taking a quick vacation to SW Colorado and wanting a fun and challenging adventure. It is also an excellent first climb for seasoned hikers or skiers who want to break into more “mountaineering-oriented” objectives.

On this climb we will cover:

  • Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
  • Basic rock climbing skills
  • Hazard assessment discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards and avalanche hazard assessment
  • Proper clothing and climbing gear for the high mountains, weather, alpine ecology, and Leave No Trace ethics

 

Qualifications

Beginner

This is a beginner level climb and no experience is required. It is recommended that you have some camping and hiking experience prior to this trip.

This climb involves the following:

  • Backpacking with loads to 40 lbs, if doing a 2 day trip
  • Basic rock and snow climbing
  • Altitude gain to over 14k and 5,000 feet of vertical over 10+ miles.
  • Climbers should be in good physical condition and able to move steadily for a full day

 

Dates: arranged on a custom basis

May-September custom dates and itineraries available, 1-2 day climbs

 

Land Cost

Per day: 1:1 $475, 2:1 $300, 3:1 $270

Client to Guide Ratio: 3:1

 


 

El Diente

Grade II+  Class 4, snow to 40 degrees

Elevation: 14,159 feet / 4316 meters

El Diente, meaning “The Tooth” in Spanish, is one of the legendary peaks of Colorado’s San Miguel Mountains and considered to be one of the more challenging of the state’s “14 thousanders.” With its central location and easy access, it is a great place to capture the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

While snow covered, the North Face provides an enjoyable and efficient climb to the summit - nearby Mt. Wilson can also be ascended in combination if time and energy allow. El Diente is a recommended conditioning or training climb in preparation for other North Cascade Climbs, Mexico, Ecuador, Aconcagua, and other high altitude peaks.

On this climb we will cover:

  • Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Crampon use and snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
  • Basic rock climbing skills
  • Hazard assessment discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards and avalanche hazard assessment
  • Proper clothing and climbing gear for the high mountains, weather, alpine ecology, and Leave No Trace ethics

 

Qualifications

Beginner

This is a beginner level climb and no experience is required. It is recommended that you have some camping and hiking experience prior to this trip.

This climb involves the following:

 

  • Backpacking with loads to 40 lbs, if doing a 2 day trip
  • Basic rock and snow climbing
  • Altitude gain to over 14k and 5,000 feet of vertical over 10+ miles
  • Climbers should be in good physical condition and able to move steadily for a full day

 

Dates

May-September, 1-3 day custom itineraries and dates available

 

Land Cost

Per day: 1:1 $475, 2:1 $300, 3:1 $270

Client to Guide Ratio: 3:1

 


 

Mount Wilson / El Diente Traverse

Grade II   5.4 

The Mt. Wilson-El Diente Traverse is one of Colorado’s great alpine ridge traverses linking two of the highest peaks in the San Miguel Mountains. It’s a great way to tick off both peaks in one trip for those on the quest to climb all of Colorado’s “14 thousanders.” The exposed and long ridge traverse demands competency and speed, but is not overly technical. The route goes up Wilson’s North Face, across the ridge to El Diente making a rappel on the way, around steep gendarmes called the “Organ Pipes,” then on to El Diente’s summit - descent is down its North Couloir. This is a big climb for a day trip, so many parties elect to attempt it as an overnighter, and enjoy a night out in one of the state’s most pristine alpine areas. If you are looking for a long and full day, however, this is a fantastic one!

On this climb we will cover:

  • Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots & harnesses
  • Crampon use & snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques
  • Basic rock climbing skills
  • Hazard assessment discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards and avalanche hazard assessment
  • Proper clothing and climbing gear for the high mountains, weather, alpine ecology, and Leave No Trace ethics

 

Qualifications

Advanced Beginner

This is an advanced-beginner level climb. Some scrambling and/or basic rock climbing experience is highly recommended.

 

This climb involves the following:

  • Backpacking with loads to 40 lbs, if doing a 2 day trip
  • Basic rock and snow climbing
  • Lots of 4th class rock on exposed terrain and some mid-5th class
  • Altitude gain to over 14k and 5,000 feet of vertical over 10+ miles
  • Climbers should be in excellent physical condition and able to move steadily for a full day over varied terrain

 

Dates 

1-3 day custom dates and itineraries available

 

Land Cost

Per day: 1:1 $475, 2:1 $300

Maximum Client to Guide Ratio: 2:1

 


 

Flight Information

Ouray and Telluride are located in the SW corner of the state of Colorado. The nearest airport is approximately 40 miles away in Montrose, Colorado. If you fly, plan on arriving the day before your course or climb begins. Rental Cars are available at the Montrose airport.

 


 

Price Inclusions/Exclusions

Included in cost: 

  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide services

 

Not included in cost: 

  • Airfare
  • Transportation within Colorado
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Restaurant meals
  • Gratuities for guides
  • All personal climbing gear

A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants

 


 

Accommodations

There are numerous lodging options in Telluride.  Please visit this website for full details: http://www.visittelluride.com/plan-your-trip