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Roadie

Trad climber
Bishop, Ca
Feb 2, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Hey Steve G.
I don't know if you remember me but we sat together at Jay Smith's wedding dinner.
Geeze, I feel like you could have almost been talking about me there!
Last spring i was down climbing some so so snow comming down from Bear Creek Spire- and rather gripped i might add- my faithful dog took me out in her joy at our reunion. I went for a hundred-footer. I took her with me. Now she gives me a little more space on steep snow.
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Feb 2, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
1988. Stellar granite. What's up with the lines on Wolf's Head, that face towards Warbonnet. Didn't Greg Collins and some other folks put some good stuff up there?
Roadie

Trad climber
Bishop, Ca
Feb 2, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
There are maybe a half dozen routes on the south face. I can't remember which one we did. It was way left of the Becky route. I do remember we raped down Collins' route [storm] while he was working it. It starts on the Becky route, and follos it for several hundred feet. Then there is s body length or two of what looks like very hard slab [stick clippeble] into a pitch or two of great looking 5.11ish fingers. It seems like about 75% of the climbing was on Freds line but its been a long time...
Crump

Social climber
Lakewood, CO
Feb 2, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
Solo-ed back in the early '90s with a video camera...

https://vimeo.com/23876978
boomin

Trad climber
vermont
Feb 2, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
August 1978. Used the Bonney and Bonney guide. Smoked it. Feeling hot we upped the ante the next day and did Warbonnet NE face. Route finding probs, this way, no, this way, lets try that way. Burning daylight and the grip was creeping higher. Then the storm. Let's see, on NE face, storms from SW. Yep, So when someone says Wolf's Head I think I hear Warbonnet and the hair on the back of my neck stands up.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 2, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
Did Wolfshead in 1964, 3 days before we did the 1st ascent of Pingora's north face. Got some slides somewhere. I'll dig them out.
norm larson

climber
wilson, wyoming
Feb 2, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Many times. It's a fun route where the summit is just a tiny part of the reason to climb it. One of my most memorable climbs on the east ridge was years ago in early June when I was guiding it. Anything that was slightly out of the sun still had a full load of winter snow and ice. Made for some pretty exciting 5.6. It was a great day of very alpine rock climbing. Done 3 routes on the south face and the rock there is about perfect. It seems someone epics on the descent route more days than not in August. Don't rap down the big chimney on the south side! Made that mistake myself, but only once.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 2, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
I remember you Roadie.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 2, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
I went there with Larry Reynolds in 1968. It was very cool cruising across the desert in his blue Camaro listening to classical tunes. We met Bud Couch there and we all climbed Pingora and Wolf's Head. I was all of 16 years old!

Things other than the climbing that I clearly remember; I thought it was weird that Bud carried a can of Right Guard Spray in.......must have been to keep the bears away. And, on the approach in, a young guy came out of the woods and asked to borrow one of our ropes - he wanted to lasso a deer because he was starving he said, said he was on one of those Outward Bondage or NOLS trips. Was a great trip we had - sorry no pics on this end.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 2, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
I hate the Winds. The weather has sucked every time I've been there.

Speaking of weather... it's been shady and 55 to 65 degrees in the gym this Winter

:-)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 2, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Weather in the Winds...Cali climbers spoiled and softened by the Sierra Summers. Oops, I first met Reilly in Seattle.
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
Feb 2, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
Nice pics!

With excellent weather in the summer of 2002.
OldEric

Trad climber
Westboro, MA
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
I did. ~1991
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
In 1976 at the Climber's Ranch in the Tetons, two climbers raved about this great route they had just done in the Cirque of the Towers on the East Ridge of Wolf's Head. With little more than this verbal beta, my partner Paul Bell, an Englishman on a two-year trip around the world, hiked into the cirque and we climbed this fantastic route.

Memories of this fine climb and the Cirque made we want to return to the Winds every season but I didn't make it back until 1999. With my llamas carrying loads over Jackass Pass, a party of four made it to the Cirque. I repeated this route with Crystal Davis. She went on to make some great first ascents and bold climbs in Patagonia. On our way out, we passed a ranger who asked where we had been. We told him we had crossed Jackass pass with llamas. He congratulated us, saying we were the first party to do so. (This was not true, but I did not correct him; other llameros had beaten me to this "first." I repeated a crossing of Jackass Pass with llamas in August 2012.

Now that I'm thinking about this great climb, I wonder why not climb it again this summer?

Pingora and Wolf's Head East Ridge from another summit within the Cirq...
Pingora and Wolf's Head East Ridge from another summit within the Cirque
Credit: TWP
TheLittleUnit

Trad climber
Cambridge, MA (formerly) SF Bay Area
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
Best camping in the world
Best camping in the world
Credit: TheLittleUnit

Pingora and Wolf's Head
Pingora and Wolf's Head
Credit: TheLittleUnit

Yep, that's me. Photo courtesy of jsb
Yep, that's me. Photo courtesy of jsb
Credit: TheLittleUnit
Neesh

Trad climber
Connecticut
Feb 19, 2013 - 03:32am PT
Climbed it last August. One of my favorite climbs i've ever done. Not only the amazing climb, the beautiful scenery, awesome approach into the cirque, the prime camping locations, and we were lucky to have perfect weather the whole week. Can't wait to go back one day!
jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 19, 2013 - 05:05am PT
I climbed Wolf's Head and Pingora in 1981. I went back to the Cirque a couple of years back whilst hiking the Highline Trail. I took a short rope and a few nuts with me so I could do Wolf's Head again with my wife. In the event we woke up to a light layer of snow and cold temps so didn't do it, just carried on with our hike. However, someone asked me later how I was intending to get off the route afterwards with such a short (25m) rope. Well, I have absolutely no recollection of rapping off it in 1981. I thought I'd just continued traversing until I could scramble back down left into the Cirque. Is this possible? Could I have done this or did my brain just wipe rapping from my memory? Thanks.

Jackass pass mid September 2007.
Jackass pass mid September 2007.
Credit: jaaan

Menacing skies over Wolf's Head and Pingora, mid September 2007.
Menacing skies over Wolf's Head and Pingora, mid September 2007.
Credit: jaaan

In contrast with TheLittleUnit's idyllic camping photo.
In contrast with TheLittleUnit's idyllic camping photo.
Credit: jaaan

Walking up out of the Cirque to Texas Pass.
Walking up out of the Cirque to Texas Pass.
Credit: jaaan
Alpamayo

Trad climber
Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 19, 2013 - 09:33am PT
Credit: Alpamayo
Credit: Alpamayo
Credit: Alpamayo
One of my most memorable climbs!
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Feb 19, 2013 - 11:12am PT
Couple times, first time with Crump and his video camera, second time without. Have descended the rap chimney and the backside mostly walk-off. Left a pin on the "walk-off." I'd recommend doing the "walk-off" over the chimney.

Credit: ddriver
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
http://legacy.climbing.com/news/hotflashes/windrivers06/
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