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Sarah SimonWillow Lake Trail Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

Sarah Simon

For what it's worth, my GPS read 16.5 miles RT for this dayhike, a worthy outing considering the more than 6,000 feet vertical gain! Good and tired at the end of the day. I thought the upper Willow Lake Basin to be one of the most beautiful in all of Colorado. Loved it.
Posted Jul 22, 2012 12:45 am

mattwagner58Willow lake.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006
Great overnight trip. Willow lake was beautiful. The summit ridge of challenger was a bit more exposed than my previous summits but was a great experience.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 12:38 pm

xpdaChallenger Point, Kit Carson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007


Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:50 pm

Ted EliasonPioneering descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008

Ted Eliason

Having never gone up the standard route before, we took the North Ridge up and wondered how the hell to get down. We wound up descending a 5th class face to reach challenger.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 4:13 pm

vbeckman74Willow Lake Epic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2011


Took a newbie on this very long hike. We did Challenger and Kit Carson in one day from the Willow Lake trailhead. It took 14 hours round trip. The weather was perfect but we ended up finishing in the dark under head lamps. Loose talus and scree above the lake. Luckily we got below that before the sun set. Great epic.
Posted Oct 1, 2011 5:41 pm

I like it on topChallenger and Kit Carson  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

I like it on top

Early start from above Willow Lake, beautiful weather and morning. Awesome day.
Posted Sep 25, 2011 11:58 pm

thatnissanguyThe Prow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


Approached from Upper South Colony Lake. Sick climb!
Posted Sep 6, 2011 12:19 am

indianabobThwarted by the weather
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2011


We set out early and were turned back by intense lightning and hail at 10 AM. The climb up to Willow Lake was magnificent and it was a great trip despite the storm.
Posted Sep 5, 2011 12:10 pm

blueshadeCP and KC from Willow Crk TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


The pair from Willow Crk. Harder day than I expected, but got it done. Chased off the mountain by bad weather after quickly getting KC.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 9:28 pm

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

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

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