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DerekFreedFun Peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2009


Hiked this peak via the standard route from South Colony. Had a lot of fun on it!
Posted Mar 30, 2012 6:13 pm

xpdaCrestone Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2003


Posted Oct 29, 2011 12:45 pm

Ted EliasonNeedle to Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Ted Eliason

Started the day in thunder and got to the summit by 10am. One the traverse to Crestone Peak the clouds started to break up and gave mixed weather for the rest of the day.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 3:07 pm

PhenomenalWomanMind Over Matter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Originally planned for Crestone Peak, but after waking up to crazy wind and getting a late start waiting to see if it would subside, decided to climb the infamous needle. The most nervous I've ever been on a summit, but the climb up and down was stellar!
Posted Sep 26, 2011 10:25 pm

sevenviiCloudy day on the Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011


No vistas what-so-ever but still an enjoyable day in the Sangres.
Posted Sep 15, 2011 2:03 pm

csmcgranahanAs good as I had hoped!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


Summited the Needle from the upper trailhead with two guys I met at the lower trailhead - Jake and Bo. Great day!
Posted Sep 10, 2011 11:36 pm

matthewpYeah buddy!  Sucess!


Favorite climb so far by far. Such a fun day on the mountain!
Posted Aug 21, 2011 3:45 pm

triyodaChallenging  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2011


Partner bailed. Went solo, nobody else on the route. Great summit, but I was nervous about descending and did not stay long.
Posted Jul 17, 2011 10:54 pm

zoomlocoellingwood arete direct to traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


Ellingwood route is good if you do most of it unroped. traverse to peak is mostly not on the ceast, mostly 2nd class, and not interesting except for the initial descent. notes on all 4 classic traverses here: http://zoomloco.xanga.com/732717261/purple-mountain-majesties/
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:34 pm

Livetronicaepic!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2001


solo journey starting from the unusual town of crestone

my 4th 14er

big horn sheep, marmots and pikas galore

the Blood of Christ wilderness is very, very special
Posted Jun 8, 2011 12:11 am

StegosaurusDefining independence day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010


Some solos in the Sangres for Independence Day: Crestone Needle via Southface, followed by Broken Hand Peak via North ridge/West slopes, followed by Humboldt Peak via typical West ridge in one long day. Drove over from Rye and left the truck at the South Colony Lakes trailhead around 4:30 am, first one on the Needle summit at 8:00 am sharp, Broken Hand summit at 10:15 am, rested at upper South Colony Lake for lunch hour (beautiful trout visible in the rapids), Humboldt Peak summit around 3:30 pm, back at the truck at 6:00 pm and back in Rye in time for dinner. Beautiful day, great rock, but felt like I had been run over by a train the next morning. Highly recommend.
Posted May 1, 2011 4:51 pm

Jeremy HakesGreat peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2002

Jeremy Hakes

One of the best.
Posted Apr 18, 2011 2:09 pm

centrifugesecond peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


this weekend, and lots of fun
Posted Jan 12, 2011 10:52 pm

Panthera unciaStandard from the TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

Panthera uncia

Got up early to climb this one from the trailhead in one push. Saw some incredible meteor action before the sun came up. Fun climb indeed!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:02 pm

Flyingclimber3 in one almost four  Sucess!


Crestone Needle, Peak, and Humbolt
Posted Oct 5, 2010 8:38 pm

BLongEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010


Great trip up the fun & exposed Ellingwood Arete route
Posted Sep 4, 2010 10:38 am

metal4lyfPeak-to-Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


We took our time route-finding on a sunny day and completed the traverse in 3 hours with no problems. Trip reports and route descriptions are invaluable. Amazing traverse!
Posted Aug 16, 2010 11:10 am

Sarah SimonStandard Route / South Face Gullies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

Sarah Simon

We headed to S. Colony Lakes to attempt the Ellingwood Arete, but the weather did not look promising, so we opted for the standard route, instead. Honestly, as fantastic as the Arete would have been, I have zero regrets. This standard route was (mostly) solid and fun. The worst part, in my mind, was that dreadful ascent of Broken Hand Pass, especially since the monsoons caused the massive rockfall. Dynamite day, fantastic peak.
Posted Aug 15, 2010 10:08 pm

belexesSouth Colony/South Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2010


I climbed the Needle with my hiking buddy, Sandy. The original goal was Crestone Peak, but I neglected to bring my Roach 14ers book with me, so we wandered around looking for the route to the Peak before giving up on that and going up the Needle instead. We were not disappointed. It was good to get in some class 3 scrambling. The views were great, and though the weather was pretty lousy the previous days, it was fine when we were up there. Unfortunately, we learned later that a couple from Texas died in a fall from the Needle a few days prior. Custer County SAR sent in helicopters to Upper Colony Lake to recover the bodies, just as we were breaking camp at Lower Colony Lake after the climb.
Posted Aug 2, 2010 2:56 pm

Alex WoodBeautiful Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2010

Alex Wood

We had planned on doing the traverse (Needle to Peak). We had brought rope and basic rock gear, but we got a little later of a start then we had planned (left South Colony at 6). I had picked up a bug from a few days ago and it got worse on the ascent. That and the weather forced us opt out on the traverse. The Needle was an amazing summit! The approach was incredible! 14er number 18!
Posted Jul 31, 2010 12:25 am

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