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HokieJimEpic Hail Storm...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


With ktiffany22: heinous hail storm on the hike out from Willow Lake, just glad we weren't in that higher on the mountain!
Posted Jul 17, 2007 1:56 am

ktiffany22A day of ups and downs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


An amazingly beautiful and exciting hike to the summit of Kit Carson and Challenger Point, followed by an extremely tiring descent down loose "garbage" on Challenger's steep slope and slippery trail below. Decided to pack out early, and paid the price... 2 hrs 15 minutes of rain, 30 minutes of which was dime to nickel sized hail... ouch, cold, wet, lucky. That sums it up. Happy 7/7/7!
Posted Jul 10, 2007 2:10 am

markhyamsN Ridge of Challenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007


Climbed the North Ridge variation to the North Slopes route. We stayed all the way to the right of the north face, and then traversed the north ridge to the summit, encountering some fourth class terrain en route.
Posted Jun 12, 2007 12:45 pm

mountainloverCOOnly Challenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006


Beautiful approach to Willow Lake. After reaching Willow Lake, the hike became much stiffer and steeper as we had to slog up loose talus/scree on the North slopes of Challenger. Only summited Challenger due to building clouds in the Sangre region. Kit Carson will have to wait for another day.
Posted May 25, 2007 1:33 pm

boisedocTough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1989


From South Colony Lakes. Lots of scrambling. Initially I missed the last broad couloir leading to the summit and ended up on Challenger Point- a bit embarrassed about that. On the way back, I tried to take a shortcut down to the South Colony Lakes from the Bears Playgound and had an uncontrolled slide down a snow filled gully- ice axe probably saved me from a severe injury.
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:48 pm

Mots010Challenger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


Camped at willow lake, then took the standard route up around the backside ridge at the top. I highly recommend NOT taking the gully route. Its a shooting gallery of falling rocks, especially on a busy day. Definitely bring a helmet. Didnt summit Kit Karson as my friend was scared from the exposure on the traverse of the ridge to Kit Karson summit. Maybe next time!
Posted Dec 10, 2006 12:24 am

flamethewolfNumber 3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2006


Scary climb in snow
Posted Oct 22, 2006 3:53 am

CO PUMAWillow Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006


Climbed up to Challenger Point via the gully and then traversed over to Kit Carson. So much fun and the views were incredible. I attempted last year but got turned around by all the snow on Kit Carson Avenue.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 9:32 pm

whatisisStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006


My wife and I's first anniversary. Took ALL day (wondered on to wrong route) but made it. What a great day!!
Posted Sep 5, 2006 4:33 pm

Kiefervia Challenger Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2006


FINALLY!!! After 7 attempts I finally made it up this dam thing. I had great weather all day and even went into work when I got back home.
Posted Sep 2, 2006 4:22 pm

CODaveFrom Willow Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2006


Both Challenger & Kit Carson... Willow Lake is amazing
Posted Aug 12, 2006 5:23 am

seth@LOKI17 mile day with Humbolt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994


whew, not sure I can do that anymore...
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:22 pm

jfrishmanIIIStandard Route
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2006


Stellar approach hike! Lots of columbines and other flowers. Mist was boiling all around at Challenger's summit. I wisely bailed on Kit Carson: thunder, hail, rain followed shortly. Must come back!
Posted Jun 30, 2006 7:49 pm

KieferStandard Route
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006


This is getting to be ridicilous. This was my 4th summit of Challenger and 6th attempt at Kit Carson with still no luck!
Every time the weather moves in. In fact, on this trip, I was hailed on, snowed on, 'grappled' on, and rained on. I got caught on Challenger's summit during a fast moving snow-thunderstorm.
I WILL summit Kit Carson!!
Posted Jun 30, 2006 5:36 pm

GahugafugaNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2005


So fun it's almost criminal.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 6:27 pm

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

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