Sarah, Otina, & Jeff - September 18th, 4:30PM
Sarah looking over at the west ridge of El Diente (center)
Circling around to the north side of El Diente to Najajo Lake (our camp)
September 19th, 4:30AM (alpine start)
the north couloir of El Diente
Wilson Peak (my last remaining 14er) off in the distance
Sweet sweet rock
Wilson Peak & Gladstone Peak (a 13er) behind me
El Diente's summit getting closer
The south side is nice and dry
The north side, not so much.
We are not alone...
Jeff on El Diente's summit
Sarah on El Diente's summit
Otina on El Diente's summit
ironically, we decided that traversing over to Mt. Wilson on the Class 3 ridge (1 mile long) would be safer than descending the couloir
more storms coming...
at least it's not raining...
quite a ridge
the crux of the traverse
Mt. Wilson, finally
"the narrow section"
our upcoming descent route (doesn't look much better than the way we came up)
Me, looking over at Wilson Peak. Looks dry, doesn't it ?
On top of Mt. Wilson
The ridge in it's entirety
Our camp at Navajo Lake is down there a ways
the infamous Lizard Head (Colorado's hardest summit, a 13er, 5.7)
Victory! Now we just need to get down.
There's a nasty Class 4 move to get off of Mt. Wilson (kind of shown here).
And now we get to the hard part...
The snow was only a few inches deep in places, and just when you'd think you could kick your foot in you'd hit a rock face.
Very time consuming, very freaky.
Approaching 9PM we finally got down to the valley floor. We got back to camp at 10:15PM about 18 hours total.
September 20th, late start
Me with Gladstone Peak behind me
Our horrendous descent route from yesterday
Our horrendous ascent route from yesterday
Today's not the day for Wilson Peak. Thunder and other circumstances barred the way.
Turns out that the north side of Wilson Peak has quite a bit of snow and the last section is virtually unclimbable. Everyone we spoke to turned back like us. Next time...