All right: Wilson Peak, 14,017, near Telluride in the San Juans - the peak on the Coors beer can!
This large photo by Thomas Mangelsen hangs in my living room.
Wilson Peak is well-known as the model for the Coors peak.
Surprisingly, mine would be the only car there overnight.
Enlarge this for better viewing. .. We'll be taking the Rock of Ages trail (yellow line) to the ROA saddle.
Image from 14ers.com, showing the purple route from the ROA saddle up the SW ridge of Wilson (upper right corner).
Concerned about the chance of afternoon thunderstorms, I headed out about 3:45 am. .. My headlamp shining on my pack here as I take a clothing break - not cold at all.
Close to sunrise around 6 am. .. Wilson Peak in the center of the shot.
Lots of cairns - easy to follow the trail to the ROA saddle even at night.
Image from 14ers.com - http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=silv0&peak=Mt.
View to rear.
Cairn beckoning up ahead - lots of talus, so just get over it.
Dude - thanks so much.
Are we getting closer to the saddle and the peak?
Telephoto doesn't really take you closer!
View back down the Silver Pick Basin.
7:00 am - the saddle at last. ... Gladstone Pk on left, Mt Wilson on right.
Mt Wilson left with El Diente right now. .. I did the way-gnarly traverse from El D to MtW last September, but subsequent bad weather kept me from climbing Wilson Pk the next day or two.
Trail leads over to the ridge connecting Wilson Pk with Gladstone.
Wilson Pk ahead on left; we'll be atop the Wilson ridge some, but mostly on the right side of it.
Trail meandering up to the ridge with Gladstone (on the right).
Gladstone in center.
View back to ROA saddle, right of center.
Telephoto - someone following, however he headed down into the Navaho Basin.
Route image from 14ers.com - http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=wils1&peak=Mt.
Our approach was from the other side of the ROA saddle shown here.
7:23 - The "Wilson-Gladstone saddle" at last - Wilson Pk looming ahead.