Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2012-02-12

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 12, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

Route goes from the end of the dirt road down a wash, then up an E/SE Ridge then a connecting ridge to First Creek Overlook Peak. We then dropped off the North Face onto very steep, slippery scree on frozen mud covered with snow in places. Lots of slipping and cutting of hands on sharp limestone. We eventually worked our way down to a saddle at the back side of Mt Wilson, and it was an easy walk up from there. Conditions at the summit were 32 degrees and about a 30 mph wind, with snow flurries. Followed the same route back, but again found the going tough on the N face of First Creek Overlook Peak. We considered climbing the last hundred feet of rock face just to escape the scree, but I had a rock hold break off and dislocated my shoulder, making any type of ascent extraordinarily painful and difficult. After a lot of pain and struggle, I found a way back up. I later found I had suffered a 4th degree labral tear and a torn rotator cuff, which required surgical repair and months of physical therapy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2632 ft / 801 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2632 ft / 802 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Cloudy with a light snow on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2029 ft / 618 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1366 ft / 416 m; Extra: 663 ft / 202m
    Loss on way in:663 ft / 202 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Wash to First Creek Overlook Pk, then down N side
    Start Trailhead:End of dirt rd off Lovell Canyon Rd  5704 ft / 1738 m
    Time:3 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1969 ft / 600 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1366 ft / 416 m; Extra: 603 ft / 183m
    Gain on way out:603 ft / 183 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Wash to First Creek Overlook Pk, then down N side
    End Trailhead:End of dirt rd off Lovell Canyon Rd  5704 ft / 1738 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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