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matthewpFailed Attempt


Altitude sickness got the best of one in our party, so I turned around with her while the other two continued. Beautiful area, bummer that we didn't summit.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:47 pm

SenadRFrom Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011


Challenger and Kit Carson
Posted Aug 1, 2011 8:52 am

Matt LemkeDone it twice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011

Matt Lemke

Backpacked into Willow Lake Friday night and climbed up the slopes to Challenger.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 3:19 pm

REMFrom Willow Lake
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2005


Unfinished business...
Posted Jun 6, 2011 11:48 pm

Jeremy HakesLong day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2004

Jeremy Hakes

Big day hike for Challenger and Kit Carson.
Posted Apr 18, 2011 2:07 pm

CastillejaMiniataGot both, second try.
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010


The first day above Willow Lake I tried for one of the couloirs northeast of Carson's summit. A cornice near the terminal ridge halted me just dozens of feet from the top. I camped in the valley that night and was up a little after sunrise to do the standard Challenger-Kit route, and just in time to evade some storms.
Posted Feb 18, 2011 9:41 pm

centrifugestarted in clouds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006


ended in sun
Posted Jan 12, 2011 9:49 pm

MattGreeneNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Late June 2010 - Ascended the north ridge (unbelievably awesome route - much better than I expected), traversed to Challenger, then descended the Kirk Couloir.
Posted Dec 24, 2010 7:33 pm

Panthera unciaKCP & CP from Willow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2009

Panthera uncia

Fun knob climbing!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 5:58 pm

Montana MattLong day from Willow Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Montana Matt

Started at Willow Lake TH in the morning with Ted Romero. Got Kit Carson, Challenger and then went over Kat Carson on the way to Humbolt. A storm rolled in and we bailed down Spanish Creek drainage. Long, long day.
Posted Dec 11, 2010 1:02 pm

C WenkerFrom SColony  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2010

C Wenker

Climbed KC Prow, tagged Challenger, then back to finish KC direct from top of Prow.
Posted Sep 13, 2010 10:01 am

Foxy Long BottomsThe Prow
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

Foxy Long Bottoms

Stuck rope and penji. Nasty fall at the crux. Landed on the ledge on my back. I thought the rope snapped over one of those sharp edges. I was the 2nd too. Day was pretty much over after that. What a disappointment. Painful and gorgeous hike out tho.
Posted Sep 7, 2010 4:01 pm

KieferVia Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010


A single day outing with Castricone7 (Pete). Had impecable weather and ran into several groups of people. A long day but definately a good, solid one.
Fall is definitely coming soon!
Posted Sep 4, 2010 3:58 pm

Pete CastriconeStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Pete Castricone

One day with Kiefer. Great weather.
Posted Sep 4, 2010 2:52 pm

davebobk47via Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010


Camped above Willow Lake. Hit Challenger then took the Ave up to Kit Carson. Good weather, physically tough.
Posted Aug 25, 2010 11:38 am

theREALCarpeDMFinally met the Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010


Got Challenger from the Willow Lake side. The dog's 30th 14er - my 50th.
Posted Aug 7, 2010 1:16 am

metal4lyfnorth ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010


this is an incredibly fun route offering solid class-4 rock and plenty of exposure. Crossed the avenue to Challenger and descended the standard route
Posted Jul 27, 2010 10:32 pm

belexesWillow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


Meetup.com trip. We backpacked in from below Willow Creek Trailhead and camped at Willow Lake on Jul 23. The mosquitoes were voracious. We left camp the next morning a little after 5AM, climbed up the talus slope to Challenger Point, arrived there around 8AM. Our leader did not want to bring his dogs up Kit Carson, so he headed down to camp. We continued on to the saddle, then followed Kit Carson Avenue to the gully that took us to the top. We hung out for a little while (it was windy, and there was a lot cloud cover, so there wasn't much to see) then returned to camp the way we came. One of the hikers had trouble with leg cramps, so it took him a lot longer to get back to camp. We spent one more night at Willow Lake, then hiked back down and returned to Denver on July 25. This was my first time in the Sangres.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 5:59 pm

Alex WoodTwofer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2010

Alex Wood

Had planned on hiking up to Willow Lake the night before, but we ran out of time. We had read a trip report on 14'ers saying that there was lots of mosquitos, and they were definitely right. Right out of the car at the trailhead, we got attacked by HUNDREDS! We slept at the trailhead and started at 4:45am the next morning. We made it up to Willow Lake by 7:20am with no mosquitos! Got up to Challenger Pt at 11:00am. Got to Kit Carson at 12:15pm. Got back down to Willow Lake around 2:45pm and then got back to the cars at 5pm. Long day, but the views were out of this world. Willow Lake is amazing! Love the area, but the mosquitos sucked on the way back. 14'er number 16 and 17
Posted Jul 9, 2010 9:35 pm

theREALCarpeDMS Colony Lakes approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009


Missed out on Challenger Pt on this day since I had given blood a couple of days prior.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 6:17 pm

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