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).
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.
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.
great day out
...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!
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.
Beautiful weather, but enough snow to make this really class 4.
Did the standard north face coulior route from Navajo Lake. Tediously loose, but had perfect weather. Awesomely small summit.
Great, solid, fun route up the North Buttress before traverse to Mount Wilson.
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.