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OnagerFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2017


Climbed solo, day trip starting at upper 4wd TH at 5AM, completed at 2PM. Solid rock for the most part!
Posted Sep 3, 2017 12:58 am

MissHVia Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2017


Left camp at the lake by 6am. Summited Crestone Peak around noon. Summited Needle via Traverse around 2:30. Took just under 2 hours for both of us. Back to camp around 6:15. Trailhead around 9:15. Long day, but two summits and a fun traverse are worth it.
Posted Aug 21, 2017 12:17 am

kronshage3South Face Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2017


Started around 6AM. LOTS of campers. The bugs weren't too bad. Saw lots of wildlife including a brown bear near the trail head (grizzly maybe?). There are some snowfields on the way up to Broken Hand Pass. I would say ice axes are advisable, but not required. Route is almost completely dry to summit beyond the pass where any snow can easily be avoided. Only two other people on the route today. Very little wind and lots of sun. Probably my new favorite 14er. Back at car around 1PM.
Posted Jul 8, 2017 10:08 am

shanahan96back on the needle!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2016


ellingwood arĂȘte, fifth time up the needle! incredible climb to my favorite summit in colorado. why can't all mountains be this fantastic? love the crestones!

Posted Dec 3, 2016 11:12 pm

climber46Awesome climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


Climbed Crestone Needle in 3 hours from South Colony Lakes. This was my favorite 14er so far. Amazing rock and amazing route!
Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:37 am

eidenreidenCrestone Needle from S. Colony Lakes TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2016


Posted Sep 19, 2016 11:49 pm

McCannsterCool Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2016


Nice morning cruise up Ellingwood. Not too many people around on the upper mtn, but busy down in the valley below.
Posted Aug 28, 2016 5:13 pm

ericdNW Coulier Solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2016


This was my 39th Colorado 14er, a similar memory to Kit Carson's final pitch ...what a treat! Summited Crestone Peak earlier in the day and never had to implement my planned contingencies of bad wx popping up or being way too anemic, so I simply solo'ed this big boy class 3 and a half! A steep exposed challenge but minimized with these small little lunch shelves every so often along the way. Good solid state rock unlike the crumbly Elk range rocks. Careful picking and remembering your rock couriers/gullies; they're not all created equal, hehe! I had to up climb to get out of a cliffy one on the descent. Exhausting day but awesome area!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:04 pm

Woodie HopperFrom Crestone Peak (traverse)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2015

Woodie Hopper

The traverse was sensational as billed. The most painful part was the descent to South Colony Lake via Broken Hand Pass. Solo to the summit. 1:35 from the start of the traverse
Posted Sep 20, 2015 12:32 am

ozarkmacSouth Face - sweet scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2015


Great fun.
Posted Sep 12, 2015 1:35 am

HyadventureStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015


Attempted the traverse but my partner was too slow. Bailed at the low point of the traverse.
Posted Sep 11, 2015 5:43 pm

BradBartickSolo- almost  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015


Standard route. Fun. Was almost entirely alone until just before the traverse, when I passed two guys. Besides them, and an old climber that looked like Gandalf, I saw no one else. Totally clear day until noon, then only scattered cumulus clouds with no T-storms.
Posted Jul 23, 2015 10:20 pm

MadGrad96Crestone Needle  Sucess!


Love these peaks!
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:52 am

SenadRGreat mountain!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013


Crestone Needle is great mountain, climbing this peak was easier than i anticipaded.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 8:36 am

Kiefer4th class alternative  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013


Part of a 9 person team that climbed the Needle for Terry Matthews. We spread his ashes atop the summit.
Great day, all things considering with stellar weather and great company.
Posted Aug 21, 2013 5:43 pm

rockymountaindivaSolid rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011


Standard route from lovely campsite below S Colony Lakes, some of the most stable rock for scrambling on a 14er.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:31 pm

rockymountaindivaSolid rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011


Standard route from lovely campsite below S Colony Lakes, some of the most stable rock for scrambling on a 14er.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:31 pm

astroclimberEllingwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2012


Ellingwood arete with Jeremiah.
Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:23 pm

Matt LemkeEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

Matt Lemke

What a great route! TR below

Posted Jun 12, 2013 7:59 pm

jainman09Ellingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2006


After a grueling three hour hike from the lower trailhead with enough gear for an expedition (my buddy didn't have 4wd!), we made it to camp exhausted and spent the next two days waiting out rainstorms. Having not actually seen the peak yet, we woke up on the third day to a beautiful crystal clear sky. Beautiful, trouble-free climb. We made it back to the saddle and got caught in a hailstorm with plenty of thunder and the worst, lightning! We hunkered down for about 45 minutes and the storm passed. The rainbows it left at sunset on our descent were absolute bliss.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 3:26 am

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