Peak(s):  El Diente Peak  -  14,159 feet
Date Posted:  05/13/2011
Modified:  12/08/2015
Date Climbed:   05/08/2011
Author:  benners
 El Diente Ski Descent: The Luttrel Line   

TR here:

 Comments or Questions

Nice job
05/17/2011 19:46
Nice job on some big lines this spring. I am enjoying the tr's.


05/17/2011 13:36
Thanks all!

Schralp, there were definitely a few moments like that, in particular that traverse in the condition it was in.

Carl and Matt, of course you're both right, this is a line that I can't see many aspiring to without the 14ers goal in mind. But that's also my point, there's a lot more out there to aspire to .

MtnHigh, yeah I wouldn't mess with any of these gullies in summer. These gullies lead straight to the summit, and there's a real rockfall risk given how loose these peaks are. On top of that I can't imagine trudging up loose, wet gullies would be a ton of fun. Try the North Buttress or else either of the standard routes.


enjoying the southwest, eh?
05/13/2011 17:16
Great few days back there on some serious lines. Looks like a classic intense descent for sure, if you look closely in a lot of the pics you can see the ”nervous, sort of freaked, wow, this is amazing, hope I don't die” expression on a few the faces.

A solid effort on this on and wilson peak too for all involved.


You're Impressive
05/13/2011 17:26
Great work claiming another 14er victory, I always enjoy your reports!


abrupt end
05/13/2011 17:27
I like the ”This chute narrows and steepens, and then comes to an abrupt end at the base of the Fox Traverse.” comment/pic.

Wish I was capable of that kind of adventure. Pretty dramatic stuff.


05/13/2011 18:17
makes me wish I had gone with you guys this day......almost


very nice
05/13/2011 20:00
looks like a helluva day! nice photos. Looking at some of those photos the ski descent make my stomach turn, and wish I was a good enough skier to contemplate some of those lines!


05/13/2011 21:29
Glad you guys were able to get down there for these. Great pictures.


This is why we ski 14ers...
05/13/2011 22:06
A few of us had this discussion recently and I gave a half cracked response but I think El Diente exemplifies why I enjoy the ski the 14ers project... it motivates me to drive 6 hours after work and push my physical limits to ski a route I may not have otherwise. The result was an incredible day in the mountains with strong partners and good snow. Nice TR Ben.


Looks sweet
05/13/2011 22:10
Nice job guys! Looks like fun climbing too!

Question: is the Fox near the top of the N buttress route? If so, did you start your climb on climber's right of the buttress route?

Congratulations on this one, and great TR and photos!


Nice route, nice report!
05/14/2011 00:24
Carl, I agree, this is the kind of experience we're after. Beautiful and challenging line. Hats off to Jarrett once again.

D, I can answer your questions: yes and yes.


05/14/2011 05:16
That was epic. I love the photo looking down and across with you guys below. Awesome!


Nice photos!
05/16/2011 13:02
Way to get r dun. Awesome TR as usual.


04/18/2014 19:27
My heart is racing just reading this!


Better on Snow
05/16/2011 18:49
that line looks a lot more fun on snow than on crappy summer rock


Four guys in a phone booth ...
05/16/2011 21:34
Of course, none of you have ever experienced that.
What a great write up and stellar photos by all. Nice group .. nice conditions .. nice. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Neat line
05/17/2011 02:15
Nice job guys!


05/17/2011 02:27
Ben, looks like guys you had a great day. And kudos manning up to that traverse. Looks pretty sketch.


another amazing report
06/05/2011 16:44
Thanks for the great report...some I read for beta, some I read just for entertainment because I know I won't be up for that trip - this is one of the latter, and I admire the skill and courage of all involved.

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