El Diente Climber's Log

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Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Sep 27, 2010 12:29 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010

Up the north slopes, down the south slopes  Sucess!

This was an interesting climb. Got fresh snow on the north side, making it an ice/snow climb, the final approach to its tiny peak was completely covered in the snow, so I climbed on the top of the ridge, making it more exposed. Descended down via south slopes - dry rock, but more exposed, lot of loose stuff. Fun day. Start and end at Navajo trailhead.

7/27/13 - 2nd summit of El Diente, via North Buttress, fun scramble. With Patrick (patyoda on SP).


triyoda - Sep 20, 2010 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2010

Saw Some Lightning  Sucess!

Had to hide out in an old mining shanty below the rock of Ages saddle when we got in some hail on the way down.


strudolyubov - Sep 13, 2010 12:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2010

South Slopes Route from Kilpacker  Sucess!

Climbed El Diente via South Slopes Route from Kilpacker TH, traversed to Mount Wilson and returned via Navajo Lake and Kilpacker Trails. 12 hours car-to-car. Nice scrambling, beautiful weather, great views.


noahs213 - Aug 29, 2010 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010

Killpacker with traverse and down Navajo  Sucess!

great day out


theREALCarpeDM - Aug 7, 2010 12:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2010

worst day of my life...  Sucess!

...but at least I'm still alive. Brad Snider's North Buttress route was fun (except for the slabs - which I thought were much more difficult that advertised). The traverse turned tragic when the mountain crumbled under the foot of a climber in our group and took a life. This was NOT loose, free-standing rock being kicked around; this was a large piece of the mountain breaking off. Be very careful!


noahs213 - Sep 28, 2009 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

North Buttress  Sucess!

Perfect Weather. With snow on this route it makes it class 4/5 with mixed climbing thrown in along with a little ice climbing. I found it a bit hairy with all that thrown in. Would recomend rope and technical gear if doing it in fall, winter, spring. Descended via the Killpacker Basin.


seano - Sep 22, 2009 11:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2009

North buttress / ridge  Sucess!

Beautiful weather, but enough snow to make this really class 4.


cftbq - Aug 28, 2009 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2009

North face  Sucess!

Did the standard north face coulior route from Navajo Lake. Tediously loose, but had perfect weather. Awesomely small summit.

Brad Snider

Brad Snider - Jul 31, 2009 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2009

North Buttress  Sucess!

Great, solid, fun route up the North Buttress before traverse to Mount Wilson.


altitude14er - Jun 27, 2009 1:38 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009

Route Climbed: North Slopes  Sucess!

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!


byates - Dec 4, 2008 1:02 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2008

Via Navajo Lake  Sucess!

Steep icy snow, but we had Navajo Basin to our selves for 3 days.


BigRob - Sep 15, 2008 3:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008

Kilpacker Basin  Sucess!

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.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Aug 27, 2008 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Independence Day Climb  Sucess!

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.


Ingman - Aug 23, 2008 5:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

West Ridge  Sucess!

From Navajo Lake, took West ridge, hit Mount Wilson via ridge.


spannring29 - Aug 9, 2008 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

7 of 14  Sucess!

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.


Mots010 - Jul 9, 2008 12:19 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

North Slopes  Sucess!

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.


Kiefer - Jul 6, 2008 11:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

North Slopes  Sucess!

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!


MountainHikerCO - Feb 16, 2008 10:59 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 1998

Kilpacker  Sucess!

This was my second climb of El Diente. We used the Kilpacker Basin approach.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 16, 2008 10:58 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 1992

With Mt Wilson  Sucess!

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.


tomlauren - Feb 2, 2008 8:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

El Diente - Mt Wilson - Wilson Pk in a day  Sucess!

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.

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