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hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 2, 2013 - 09:40am PT
I just bumped the Pingora Thread and I was thinking that Wolfs Head needs some air time. The arete leading to the summit towers is one of the most beautiful places I've ever climbed.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:21am PT
1977
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:25am PT
The easr ridge is a classic...outstanding photo opportunities and great granite.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Love the way the route winds in and out of the towers and those fun exposed traverse sections.
Definitely a memorable climb.
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:35am PT
Did it in the early 80's. Got chased off the top by an approaching thunderstorm. Never moved so fast over such steep terrain in my life...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:49am PT
One of my early technical climbs in 67 or 68.....loved it!
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
Yow! a great climb.
mhay

climber
Reno, NV
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
Great photo Todd Gordon. Did this route in 2000. Still remember that short, runout slab/arete section at the beginning of the arete.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
I don't have any photos of us on the climb, but did it in 1997
a memorable climb, and the best moderate ridge climb in North America...
the first pitch is an awesome uphill plank walk with tremendous exposure, and technically easy but very heady

recall having to wait out a quickly passing thunderstorm hiding out in the big blocks on the ridge





a wonderful place to climb
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
East Ridge variation, mid-seventies

Credit: rgold
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 2, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
There's a lot of rock up there...

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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
I hate the Winds. The weather has sucked every time I've been there.
The only good day we had on one trip we spent hauling some crispy critter
off of Wolf's Head.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
I did Wolf's Head back in the early 70s.

I have a great set of slides buried in the box...

The climb itself was dreamy but Brad Udall and I got a bit lazy on the descent and started rapping down the Cirque Lake side for some extended play!

Fortunately we weren't the first! LOL
WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Magical.
Magical.
Credit: WyoRockMan
The 5.2 "Sidewalk" pitch. Nice exposure to both sides.
The 5.2 "Sidewalk" pitch. Nice exposure to both sides.
Credit: WyoRockMan
Parts of it feel like caving.
Parts of it feel like caving.
Credit: WyoRockMan
Abundant Type 1 fun.
Abundant Type 1 fun.
Credit: WyoRockMan
The classic "piton" traverse. Airy!
The classic "piton" traverse. Airy!
Credit: WyoRockMan
The fun never stops.
The fun never stops.
Credit: WyoRockMan
Bombtastic!
Bombtastic!
Credit: WyoRockMan


What a jewel of a place!
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
Great shots, thanks! Those bring back the memories. Anyone else catch fish up there? We got quite a few.

It's true that the weather in the Winds can be variable. Once I spent the better part of a week holed up in a tent in Upper Titcomb Valley. Did Helen and Sacajawea in brief breaks, but mostly got rained and snowed on.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Alpine mountaineering means learning to deal with weather... if you don't like weather, climb in California (we seemed to have minimized it...)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Nice shots!
I think everyone has a picture of that waterfall!

Grossman- My pardner and I were downclimbing the descent that goes off the backside there until I finally called out in favor of rapping.
I had to use a carabiner brake, as I had dropped my belay device(only time in my life) earlier at the start of the piton traverse.

Once we made it to the Col, I had my one and only "mountain meltdown"- scared shitless having never descended a couloir before, much less in old five tennies. My pardner basically tele turned down the chute in his approach shoes and smoked a cig at the bottom, laughing at me as I tried to pull my sh!t together and descend.
I finally decided my nut tool would suffice to self arrest if I got out of control glissading, which I did, and it didn't.
I ended up clawing at the corn with my bare hands to try and slow down. When I got to the bottom it was as if my finger nails had grown a quarter inch!
Classic desert rat meets alpine situation!
The hike back to camp was awesome, through a gauntlet of falling ice stationwagons sliding off of slabs high on the flanks of Wolfs Head.

Chipped a bunk tooth on the summit, too, from some pinche nut in my energy bar.
Good times!

Edit-
perfect weather for a week!
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Nice photos everyone!

I had the good fortune of climbing Wolf's Head with Kim Grandfield back in the early 1980's. The previous day we climbed Pingora's NE face. Excellent routes, excellent partner and excellent weather . . . special experience.
Roadie

Trad climber
Bishop, Ca
Feb 2, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
Great picts and memories. I linked Pingora and Wolfshead about eight years ago and got chased off the top by lightnigh, really scarry lightning!
Went back a few years later and did a route on the south face which was mid 5.10 and also quite good.
Yeah, its too bad that between the bugs and the weather the season in the Winds is about three weeks. But then maybe thats part of what makes it special.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Compared with wrestling warm desert stone, alpine rock climbing always seems to turn into a prize fight at some point. LOL

Desert Rats On Ice is usually pretty entertaining.

On a Minarets trip long ago, Mike Strassman and I had to negotiate a bit of firm snow to cross the pass to put up a new route on Michaels Minaret. I went first carefully and got to sit and watch as the Hell Jar descended on Mike. He had a rock in one hand and a Yo hammer in the other and visions of doom on the screen. He was hugging that slope and scratching and clawing so much that I HAD to start ribbing him. The funniest part of the whole scene was that his faithful golden dog, Denali was standing right next to him offering support the entire time such was the inclination of his horror!
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