The El Diente Traverse is the fun way to hit both El Diente Peak and Mount Wilson in one shot. Since we climbed Mount Wilson from Navajo Basin last summer, El Diente is the goal and doing the traverse is a bonus!
Oh-Dark-Thirty from the Kilpacker Trailhead, very nice to car camp and not have to drag a heavy backpacking kit into the mountains! All good except the huge herd of sheep across the meadow making a racket all night long.
It’s a long slog up the El Diente South Slopes route into the base of El Diente Peak, then the climb starts quickly. If you go a little off-course there are some fun chimneys to the east of the route that make things a bit spicy!
The north side of the final push to El Diente’s summit had a bunch of snow, and several people turned around here today. We threw on microspikes and breezed right through.

Snow Horns

Snow Horns
Looks like I have snow horns here!


Vertical

Vertical
Greg gaining elevation quickly


Walk The Edge

Walk The Edge below El Diente
A skinny spot


Through the Crack

Through the Crack below El Diente
Hard to believe that this is the easiest way through this section.


Traverse North Slope

El Diente Traverse North Slope
This side of the ridge gets no sun to melt the snow off


Up The Chute

Up The Chute to El Diente
Upclimb in a nice snow section


El Diente Peak

El Diente Peak
Taking a break at the peak


After summiting El D, you head east across the El Diente Traverse towards Mount Wilson. This is where things get fun!
Plenty of bouldering action and route finding, it’s no wonder that this made Gerry Roach’s famous ‘Colorado Great Traverses’ list.
When you’re not busy trying to find the safest route across and your next handhold, the scenery is jaw-dropping in every direction.
We logged just over 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation to knock out 14er # 45, and tomorrow we head to the Rock of Ages trailhead to go for Wilson Peak. Madness!


Looking Back

Looking Back
I’m not sure if this is the section called Organ Pipes or not.


Ski Season

Ski Season
It looks like ski season has arrived!


Still Fall

Still Fall
It’s still fall when you get back down below 10,000 feet.


It’s a blast!


It’s a blast!


C’Mon Up


Dasani makes his way up to where I’m sitting



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