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chicagotransplantsecond time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

chicagotransplant

Second time up Challenger on the way to Columbia Point. Also tagged the top of "The Prow" and "Kitty Kat Carson". Kind of a weird combination... all of Kit Carson's "sub peaks" but not Kit.
Posted Jul 30, 2007 9:32 am

bigwillySuper Sangres  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

bigwilly

Great climbing on two incredible peaks. Anymore fun and it would be illegal. Spectacular scenery.
Posted Jul 26, 2007 1:26 am

smason5052 Summits in 13 hrs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

smason505

Climbed Challenger and Kit Carson w/ Adam and Prakash from the Willow Lake trailhead in one long day. ~ 12 miles, 6300 vert, 13 hrs total, first people on both summits. Got to the car right as a huge rainstorm rolled in.
Posted Jul 22, 2007 1:31 pm

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

HokieJim

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

ktiffany22

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

markhyams

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

mountainloverCO

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

boisedoc

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

Mots010

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

flamethewolf

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

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

CO PUMA

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

whatisis

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

Kiefer

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

CODave

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

seth@LOKI

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

jfrishmanIIIStandard Route
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2006

jfrishmanIII

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

Kiefer

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

Gahugafuga

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

Natasha

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

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