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 Peak(s):  El Diente Peak  -  14,159 feet
 Post Date:  09/21/2009 Modified: 09/30/2009
 Date Climbed:   09/20/2009
 Posted By:  zeekzilch

 Rime, graupel, ice, snow, rain and some sun!   

Team: Roger J. Wendell (aka "ZeekZilch") and Nate
Trailhead: Woods Lake to Navajo Lake
Weather: Some sun but mostly rain, snow and graupel!
Time to Summit: (from Navajo Lake) 3:55 - almost two times longer than expected based on my July climb up both Wilsons...

In an attempt to finish-off #58 before winter, I'd been watching the weather for two weeks hoping for a sunny weekend. The sun did make an occasional appearance but it ended up being so wet we lost the audio record function on my camera, Nate's entire camera went dead, and Nate's cell phone never worked again despite drying it out on my car's heater. Oh, and my sleeping bag became so soaked, before reaching camp, it was only useable as a waterslide...

A very thin layer of rime ensured that even walking across the relatively flat boulder field, just above Navajo Lake, was a treacherous act inviting at least a broken ankle. Despite the rime, and a layer of snow too thin to support an ice axe, we made it to the top in good shape.

Here are my personal pages about 14ers, low impact techniques, and the Ten Essentials:

YouTube video here and one other one at the bottom of this page...
If all you see is white space here it's because your boss has blocked YouTube videos! (Scroll further down and you'll see the regular pix I've posted)

   Here's a video of Nate climbing up the couloir - unfortunately it was at this time that all the moisture disabled my camera's audio recorder...

    Parking area Woods Lake


    Nate walking alongside Woods Lake

    Nate coming up to the trail intersection

    El Diente with a "dusting" of snow

    A closer look at the peak...

    Weather moving back in again

    Nearing Navajo Lake

    Nate at Navajo Lake

    Nate making his way up the couloir


    Nearing the top of the couloir

    Nate double-checking the route description

    Nate nearing the ridge

    The summit with a small pole/flags on top

    Nate on top

    ZeekZilch finally finishes #58!

    Nate trying to stay warm...

    A cairn leading the way down

    Looking down the couloir

    Looking back up the couloir

    Another storm moving in behind us as we leave the mountain

    The storm intensifies enough to soak us again as we lose elevation

    A sun-break gives us just enough time to take down our camp

    "The Tooth" still receiving snow as we leave the area...

   Nate and I walking through the rain and the mud... - My favorite website


Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Congrats     2009-09-21 21:04:33
Way to get em done!!


Thanks jf32     2009-09-21 21:12:38
Thanks for the congrats and I also appreciate your earlier offer to help out with the last one as well!


Awesome !     2009-09-21 21:32:30
Congrats on finishing. Such a huge accomplishment ! Wishing you many more safe adventures in the future.


Thanks mtgirl     2009-09-21 21:36:49
Thanks for the congrats!


Great Finish     2009-09-22 09:47:54
Congrats on the finish Now we can repeat without any finishing pressure Love the Woods Lake approach especially the view at the saddle. Now we will have to work on Krecker‘s finish.


Good job ...     2009-09-22 15:36:03
Have enjoyed your trip reports. Get to work on those 13‘ers now. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!

Chicago Transplant

Congrats!     2009-09-22 16:33:52
Way to go Roger, congrats!


Daslug, Presto and Chicago Transplant     2009-09-22 16:38:01
Thanks for the congrats. And, yes, it looks like there are a lot of 13ers in my future!


Tah Dah!!     2009-09-22 18:05:06
Congradulations Roger. It was nice to have tagged along on a few w/you. It definitely looks like two different seasons in those photos.


This just in...Fat old man finishes CO 14ers!     2012-03-04 11:31:45
Good job Roger! I really enjoyed climbing with you on some of your trips and am happy that you finally finished! Now to get those centennials out of the way eh?


sgladbach     2009-09-22 20:09:35

Thanks for the congrats! I also enjoyed our various climbs together over the years with Linda, Eric and others. I think I‘ll be able to catch up with your number of summits by the time I‘m 85!!



Old fat man places protection on class 5 routes...     2009-09-22 20:30:08

How many old fat men does it take to place a Yates Big Dude in the Vershneidung dihedral? NONE - only the smaller Camelots will fit!! ha ha!!

Thanks for the congrats and nice climbs these past two seasons. Hope to climb Longs with you this fall...



Wohoo!     2009-09-23 09:51:46
Way to finish despite the weather!


Strong work     2009-09-23 13:50:59
zeekziltch - Strong work finishing. It‘s a great mountain to finish one! What‘s the next goal?


Wicked!     2009-09-23 15:31:50
Congrats! Nice report!

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