How many here have climbed Wolf's Head in the Winds?

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wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Feb 19, 2013 - 09:37am PT
That climb is really memorable. And no, in general the weather in the Winds is not bad. Not that I haven't spent a fair amount of time in the tent there listening to rain or snow on the top of the tent. Typical weather is afternoon thunderstormy, like almost all mountain ranges, but sustained good weather is common during the summer months.
Branscomb

Trad climber
Lander, WY
Feb 19, 2013 - 09:48am PT
1991. Really nice climb and quite fun.
GoMZ

Trad climber
Eastern Sierra
Feb 19, 2013 - 11:56am PT
I had the pleasure of climbing the east ridge this summer. An incredibly memorable climb, I'd be hard pressed to think of a better climb of it's grade anywhere. Can't wait to go back the winds!
Wolf's head
Wolf's head
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jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 20, 2013 - 04:20am PT
I'm not sure if ddriver's post was in part replying to my question about the descent from Wolf's Head - apologies if it was. So here it is again:

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.
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Feb 20, 2013 - 06:38am PT
I'm not sure if ddriver's post was in part replying to my question about the descent from Wolf's Head - apologies if it was. So here it is again:

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.

It was not, but I did notice your question after I posted. The Kelsey guide describes a walk-off descent off the back so you're in the East Fork drainage briefly, skirting left near the ridgeline and into a saddle for the walk back into the cirque. We did that descent but found it had a couple steep loose sections that had some rap slings in a couple spots, which we backed up. You may have found a bit easier route, maybe closer to the ridge, or just felt more comfortable with the downclimb.
jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Feb 20, 2013 - 07:20am PT
Thanks. My other memory of it in 1981 was that when we arrived and set up our tent, we saw a group of maybe four or five women, coming down from the Pingora Wolf's Head col. They said they'd been worried about storms and so had bailed. Despite blue sky weather, they walked out that afternoon. The next day we collected nuts and biners and slings off every belay - almost a whole rack but with no-one to return it to!
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