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Brian KaletWest Ridge via Challenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006

Brian Kalet

En route to Columbia Point & "Obstruction Peak". 10.5 hours from Willow Creek TH.
Posted Jun 10, 2006 11:29 pm

NatashaGreat Day in the Sangre De Cristos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Had a long, but fabulous day on Challenger and Kit Carson. Two incredible peaks, well, worth the long drive!

Note: Ice axe is still a must right now.
Posted May 30, 2006 6:45 pm

Brad SniderTriple Crown!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Brad Snider

Started from TH 3:30 AM, up the North Ridge of Kit Carson (AWESOME climb!!!), then up some scary class 3-4 ice and snow filled gullies to Columbia Point (fighting approaching thunderstorms), and back to Challenger Point via the Avenue. A seventeen hour day worth the effort!
Posted May 21, 2006 11:24 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: West Ridge Via Challenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2003


Made the round trip from the Willow Creek Trailhead. Climbed the west ridge via Kit Carson Avenue; still had lots of snow so I was glad to have my ice axe along

It was the last day of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip and I was tired and happy.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 1:41 pm

Mountain JimFrom Colony Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1968

Mountain Jim

Climbed Kit Carson in August of 1968, and Challenger Point from Willow Lake Sept 25, 1988.
Posted Mar 23, 2006 7:45 pm

markhyamsEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1999


Came up from S Colony Lakes. This was my second-to-last 14er. The next day I climbed Crestone Needle to finish off the list.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:53 pm

foreverwildEnd of a long day.  Sucess!


Climbed in a long day+ after Princeton, Perfectly clear day great views of the dunes, ran the last couple miles to finish 26+ miles and 12k feet in the last 36 hours or so.
Posted Feb 21, 2006 12:53 am

KieferRoute Climbed: North Face Date Climbed: September 2005  Sucess!


This was my third summit of challanger. I took a co-worker who has never been up a 14er but she was in good shape. Clouds were scary and big and white. We saw mulitudes of wildlife. A great day.

Posted Jan 28, 2006 1:49 am

shanahan96Route Climbed: Southwest Face of Kit Carson Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!


challenging winter climb. it was awesome! and yes, we're insane.....first two up in 2006

Posted Jan 10, 2006 2:17 am

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: Southwest Face of Kit Carson Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!


Kit Carson in January? I must be crazy...
Posted Jan 9, 2006 8:16 pm

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: North Face of Challenger Date Climbed: August 28, 2005  Sucess!


"Standard Route" a little loose, check out my image on the route section for a more solid alternate.
Posted Jan 9, 2006 8:15 pm

budsmith62Route Climbed: Not Sure Date Climbed: August 20 1981  Sucess!
Journal says that we climbed Kit Cason mountain today 14165 ft. Its getting to be old hand climbing these peaks but it is still always a thrill. We had an orienteering course. We are cooking diiner now. It suks making sure that everyone does everyting right. We are to get resuply tomorrow.

Posted Dec 31, 2005 12:29 am

jclementsRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!


I only remember the date because I remember the mountains were full of haze from all the fires that year. Otherwise a good climb with a partner I met on the yahoo group. My first class 4 climb.
Posted Dec 22, 2005 7:16 pm

SiberianSayanRoute Climbed: West Ridge via Challenger Point Date Climbed: 2001?  Sucess!


The 14ers run together after you've done a few and it's been a while. Next to the final move on Sunlight, the most challenng of the umpteen some I've done. Good views -- started to snow on the way down making the grassy slope hard to negotiate. I was beat after all that scree.
Posted Nov 6, 2005 4:10 pm

hoopyfroodRoute Climbed: West Ridge via Challenger Point Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!


This was a beautiful two day trip with outstanding weather, and I was able to take my nephew on his first 14er!
Posted Aug 29, 2005 4:52 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: west ridge Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005  Sucess!


Quite a long but rewarding climb of these two! We backpacked in late and started early the next day. I would recommend doing an alpine start dayhike for these as it is pretty steep to Willow Lake with a heavy pack. Some of the best scenery I have seen in CO at Willow Lake. The gully to Challenger's n.w. ridge is looser than I thought it would be and is not fun coming down!
Posted Aug 29, 2005 12:03 am

Mike McRoute Climbed: West Ridge ( via Challenger) Date Climbed: July 27, 2005  Sucess!

Mike Mc

The fog was so heavy, the visibility was maybe 100 feet.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 10:32 pm

kylerlottRoute Climbed: East Ridge - Colony Lakes Date Climbed: 8-21-05  Sucess!


Hard to believe but a very relaxing climb / hike compared to the Needle the day before. Quite a few people on Kit, majority from the Challenger point side of the mtn. Great views the whole way to the summit , very slick and wet majority of the way. Same problem here as with Needle, rock cairns everywhere, hard to follow the right ones when you have 2 or 4 to choose from at one time, but we dble. checked our route quite a bit the whole way the the summit. Didn't have enough time or good weather to make it over to Challenger, but I will definately be back to this area.
Posted Aug 27, 2005 1:52 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: North Face of Challenger Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2005  Sucess!


Although I did not summit Kit Carson, I did reach the summit of Challenger. Had I had another 3 hours I would have summited Kit Carson. It took me 6 hours to climb Challenger from just below Willow lake.
Posted Aug 24, 2005 11:33 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: 14 Aug 2005  Sucess!


The lower parts of the ridge were pretty wet from a thunderstorm the previous day which made things a little treacherous, but the upper parts were fantastic! Solid rock, lots of good holds, and an excellent position! Highly recommended route! Traversed over to Columbia Point, got lost in the clouds and summitted Kit Carson again, and then got my bearings right and returned to Willow Lake over Challenger Point.
Posted Aug 15, 2005 1:02 am

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