Friday afternoon, passing Lizard Head from Lizard Head Pass.
We're in the San Juans, west of Telluride, CO.
Got to Kilpacker TH about 3:00. ..That's actually El Diente Pk in the far background, under the cloud.
Close-up of map on sign follows.
"You are here" near bottom.
Topo borrowed from Gerry Roach's excellent CO 14ers climbing guide.
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The crux move on the backpack.
El Diente looming ahead.
Telephoto: our route will ascend from right of the summit to the ridge.
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I spoke to the leader, but never did see the weekend volunteer crew, soon to arrive, nor could I tell where they're working.
OK - the lower waterfall close to camp; El D above.
There was one other tent in the area - Randy's. .. [My rainfly was added for the evening.]
Routes shown by Bill Middlebrook's 14ers.com site - an invaluable resource for all the CO 14ers. .. The orange lines indicate 4th class routes.
I departed camp Sat morning in the dark at 0600. .. Upper waterfall ahead here.
If you're not into oceans of talus - you'd better just get over it. :)
El Diente summit above in center; we'll be traveling to the right of it before ascending to the ridge.
Heading up to the ridge now. .. 14ers.com route here: http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=eldi4&peak=Mt.+Wilson%2C+Wilson+Peak%2C+and+El+Diente+Peak
Can you see the moon?
Summit ahead on the left.
Hey, people will be overtaking me before long - whatever.
Brendan from Calgary in red in center is descending, having started way early from another TH.
Up this chute to the ridge top.
Looking along the traverse to the east.
The ridge runs due E-W, with remnant snow on the north side.
At center, Mt Wilson tops the end of the long ridge. .. Gladstone Peak left of it.
And now seeing Wilson Peak - the "other" Wilson Group 14er.
Ta da - this must be the El Diente summit - 11:20 am; not very fast but OK for an old guy. :)
Soon joined by two other soloists - L-R: John from Steamboat Springs and Randy from Taos. .. This was #57 for John!
Bill here from Colorado Springs!
View west to campsite and TH somewhere out there.
Heading down and soon to start the traverse about noon.
Although I had them, I did not use my micro-spikes, though the wet rock could be slippery.
Well - the weather forecast could not be better; zero chance of rain - and I had extra batteries for my headlamp!
14ers.com Traverse description - one mile between the peaks: http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=mwil5&peak=Mt.+Wilson%2C+Wilson+Peak%2C+and+El+Diente+Peak
The standard route will have us traversing the right side of the prominent Gendarmes.
There are scattered cairns in this first part of the route.
Can you see "Mojah" downclimbing the Gendarme?
Careful route study should keep you at or below 4th class.
View of cairn to the rear.