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DigglerDream climb- finally!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2012


with Faith. Left camp @ 5.12. @ base of 3rd-cl. access ramps @ 6.00. Slabby nature of climb, combined w/ the omnipresent ledges/belays make Ellingwood Ledges a more suitable name than ArĂȘte. Exposure @ ~13,200' made F want to rope up, so had 3 or 4 belayed lower Ps before steep crux Ps above. 2nd- & 3rd-to-last Ps long, sustained, w/ great rock & A LOT of fun!! Last P blockier- 4th - easy 5th. While climbing not technically sustained, fluid movement of it, sheer enjoyment & even easier terrain, commanding position (not to mention the history) make it a classic!

Summited @ 12.18, off by 13.23. Blessed w/ good weather! Descent a bit tricky but uneventful. Quite unfortunate F called my idea for celebrating finishing last peak outside of Eolus group "retarded..." Had really looked forward to celebrating tonight :(

Back @ camp @ 16.22. Took off ~15 min. later to get requisite elevation for the day- hiked down to former 4WD trail/parking. Arrived @ 16.51, immediately turned around. Back @ camp @ 17.12. 12-hr day!! Great day (at least until got back to camp...)
Posted Sep 29, 2012 8:43 pm

skorpeoAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2012


I was about 8 hours ahead of Homie on the summit with Kartig and Rob (TheOtherIndian and Waggs). Great day.
Posted Sep 7, 2012 11:33 pm

theuglybearSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2012


Had incredible weather. Warm, calm, and clear. Hung out alone on the summit for over an hour. Some of the most awesome views I've ever experienced. Just unbelievable. Had a blast on the route, as well, but it was easier than I expected.
Posted Aug 29, 2012 9:44 pm

Ken DammenSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2012

Ken Dammen

Climbed the standard route with my climbing buddy Dustin. This was a fun long climb. Route finding was challenging. Rock was solid and provided ample great holds. Weather held for us and summited. One of my new favorites!
Posted Aug 15, 2012 9:19 pm

I like it on topPeak to Needle Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

I like it on top

Did the traverse from the Peak, great class 4 pitch, very solid rock. Great day.
Posted Jul 24, 2012 1:15 am

blueshadeCrestone Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012


Climbed the standard Red Couloir on Crestone Peak, easy but seems like it'll never end. Then did the traverse to Needle. Stayed fairly high, making the approach to the traverse a little more interesting.

Only the last technical section from the Black Gendarme was fun, in my opinion. Fun C4 section. Down the majority of the East Gully (kind of like canyoneering when descending the lower part).

Tried for Humboldt the same day. Plenty of time but rained off.
Posted Jul 6, 2012 9:03 pm

MoonerUp I Go


6/21/12 Via Ellingwood Ledges then continued to Crestone Peak
Posted Jun 23, 2012 4:08 pm

ripper333peak to needle traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2012
didnt like this traverse too much..the final pitch to top of needle was cool..but was a beautiful bluebird day with fun peeps and laughing so who cares.. ha.. thanks Dale for giving us a ride on ur atv to TH and then joining us.. that extra 3 miles would have blew at end of long day..ellingwood arete is way to go on this sitch..coocoochachoo
Posted Jun 2, 2012 10:14 pm

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

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