Navajo Basin still has a considerable amount of snow up above tree line. As a result the climb became much tougher than it would have been during fair weather hiker 'tourist season'... me and my friend relished the extra challenge!
Steep icy snow, but we had Navajo Basin to our selves for 3 days.
I went solo, which was fine until the upper portions. There was at least a foot of snow on the north slope where you have to circle around the summit block. Any later in the season be sure to take an AXE and PARTNER. I probably should have turned back.
Climbed the snowy North Couloir from Navajo Lake and scrambled west to EL Diente's summit. Then, traversed east to Mount Wilson for a little more fun.
From Navajo Lake, took West ridge, hit Mount Wilson via ridge.
Seventh of 14 14ers in 11 days and also my first snow climb. Very loose and potentially dangerous mountain, but when combined with Mt. Wilson, it makes for a fun day.
Agree with Skasgaard, this is a tricky mountain. The snow climb up to the ridge was great, but when weather forced us to bail on the traverse to Mt Wilson, we were left descending the north face. Getting off this mountain is much tougher than getting up it.
This is a dangerous mountain!! Far worse then the Bells or Little Bear. We did a snow climb up the north couloir and took a North Face variation on the descent.
A member in our climbing party was quite literally 2-3 sec. away from being crushed to death by a mini-fridge sized piece of rock that came loose.
Approach this mountain with care. The exposure was wonderful and eye-opening!
This was my second climb of El Diente. We used the Kilpacker Basin approach.
This was my first climb of El Diente. We approached from Silver Pick over Rock of Ages. We then did the traverse to Mount Wilson.
From camp at Navajo Lake, climbed the North Slopes of El Diente, performed the traverse to Mt Wilson, then descended Mt Wilson's North Slopes to Wilson Peak's West Ridge with my friend Keith. No snow gear was required for the North Slopes route of El Diente; we avoided the snow.
second time up the tooth, this time via the annoying standard route. the approach is still lovely and upper kilpacker will forever remain bloody hell!
the closest I have come to death by lightning. The rocks were popping and the air was buzzing. We scrambled down the west face not knowing how we would get down, but needing to get down asap. we took our time and made it eventually. long day doing all three there in the area.
Climbed with Shanahan96, JamieNellis and ATTM. Long scree slog in upper Kilpacker but it wasn't too loose. After hearing nightmares from others on the ridge who had climbed the north slopes I am glad we went this way. Got a little lost on top and started climbing the Organ Pipes, quickly changed that and got back on route! Nice views to the west from the westernmost 14er in Colorado!
is the way to go! While still steep and loose it was way better than I anticipated after hearing horror stories from climber's on the North Slopes. Forget Navajo, go with Kilpacker
I have two 14er finisher friends who said they CRIED on only one 14er... and this one was it. I had also read some nasty trip reports about it. SO, needless to say, I was NERVOUS about this one (I almost backed out). HOWEVER, I have GOOD news- I LOVED it! We climbed this one from Kilpacker basin... not near as loose as I hear the Navajo basin trail is! After some very fun climbing, we had the summit to ourselves (for a bit), then began the long descent back to our jeep at the trailhead, and the near 7 hour drive back to the Springs!
Soloed this very early in the morning, so the little remaining snow was a bit crusty. Very rotten at the top of the couloir...be very careful if their are climbers below you!
Climbed the North Slopes from high camp at Navajo Lake. Not really enough snow to make for a fun snow climb. Leave the crampons at home for this route this time of year. The rock was very rotten and loose, do not trust anything you step on or pull on here. Storms came in around 2 or so in the afternoon like clockwork the 4 days we spent in the basin. Mornings were glorious. Afternoons and evenings were full of rain rain rain...
Long dayhike in a beautiful vally. Lots of loose rock everywhere!
Very fun snow climb up to the top, and an incredible traverse to Mt. Wilson