mtndude3737 wrote:As El Diente is a difficult mountain with steep slopes, and he was climbing the North Face of it after a recent snowfall, the melting snow is going to cause the rockfall. I would suggest avoiding North Faces of steep slopes when it has snowed or rained.
He was not on the North Face, but rather the South Slopes route from Kilpacker. That is something that both articles I have seen agree upon.
mtndude3737 wrote:The other death this year on El Diente was below the ridge of the Mt Wilson/El Diente traverse during a rainstorm.
The accident you are referring to earlier in the year was not during a rainstorm. The weather that day was actually good. I will say that is had been raining a lot in the weeks prior and therefore the ground was loose around the rocks and whatnot that surely aided in the dislodging of the rockfall, but they were not up there in a rainstorm.