CHRISTOPHER WILOCKI

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Mt. Snowdon peak with San Juan Mountain Guides

I was able to shoot a climb of my favorite mountain in the San Juans with Nate and Gary of San Juan Mountain Guides. They were guiding a great group of climbers on Mt Snowdon this past weekend. 

My relationship with Snowdon started when I decided to try to climb it  solo without any information at all. I went up the wrong side, went back down and up the other side just to come to a pretty scary solo down climb. (You can see it in these pictures). 

I was really happy to get a winter ascent up the same route that turned me away in the fall.

And as usual I had a really fun time climbing with the guys from San Juan Mountain Guides.

Headed to the Coast

I will be spending some time in the Bay area this week. Going to pair the trip up and knock some National Parks off the list.

Grand Canyon for a couple days then off to Yosemite for a while.  

Cheers.

Work in progress

There are very few things I can compare to watching an almost inconspicuous wall of rock made up of cracks, moss, and snow turn into something climbable. This past week I was lucky enough to join OR athlete Mark Allen and european guide Geoff Unger as they work on putting up a new route in the San Juan. 

The first day was officially the learning day. 

Video and stills of the next day coming soon.

Merry New Years and Happy Christmas.

   Now that I am back in Chicago for the holidays, barely missing the first storm of the season that {finally} brought some real snow to Durango and the mountains. I am enjoying my family and remembering what a hangover felt like with friends. 

   I am currently working on a series of videos for the Ouray Ice Park. After 3 long, fun, inspiring and informative days at the San Juan Mountain Guides training days a couple of the guides, Nate Disser and myself put together some really great videos for the Ice park. Look for them soon up on the parks website.

Couple screen shots from the videos......

Be safe, travel hard, hug your friends, kiss your family.

Exciting new pertnership!

Extremely happy to finally announce my partnership with San Juan Mountain Guides. SJMG are located in Durango and Ouray Colorado and are Colorado's largest and most respected guiding companies in Colorado. SJMG Guides all over the world and specializes in the amazing area of southwest CO.  

I will be providing professional photography services to clients on all Ice climbing, skiing and winter mountaineering trips.

This has been a long time in the making and after a lot of planning and work things are finally up and running. 

Stay tuned for updates and look for lots of great videos and images soon.

Click HERE learn more about San Juan Mountain Guides. 

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Snowdon Peak is no joke

  The day started around 10am. The hike is one of the most beautiful I have ever been on. Alpine lakes, giant sprawling golden meadows and old growth forest that makes you imagine  dinosaurs still walking around.  

   I was so captivated by the views and surroundings that I went up the wrong side of the mountain. After finding myself around 12k feet, looking at a knife ridge that involved imminent death if attempted. So I had to find another way up. I then had to walk/run/control fall down to the base of the mountain, hike around to the south west side and work way way back up.  

   After finding myself at the base of southwest side of the mountain facing what was a 30min hands and feet crawling climb, I knew I was doing something as close to stupid as I have done in a while. I went to go for it, deciding to "go until I knew it was wrong" attitude. Crawling up this type of fallen rock is not something for the weak hearted. Every step has a chance of giving out and causing a rock slide that no one likes to think about. After the crawl I got to what was "the end" for me. If you can see in the larger views of the mountain there is a notch on the right side of the mountain, that notch is about 50' wide and impossible to get across. UNLESS you use the little gully with snow it it. 

   There was a chance to down climb a bit and I was one dumb idea away from doing it. But the other side of making the moves work was falling and every scenario of falling was bad. So I decided to say good bye and make my way down. 300' shy of the summit. 

   Snowdon Peak is no joke. It is pretty exposed and I have to admit, being that exposed on a ridge is pretty uncomfortable and scary when your alone. Fortunately, I have read too many books and watched too many movies only to learn that it only takes one mistake to change your life. And I am not ready enough, strong enough, or experienced enough to make those choices.....yet.  

 Snowdon Peak......Ill get you one day.