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DaveCRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July '99  Sucess!


Like climbing a ladder. Love that conglomerate!
Posted Jan 9, 2005 1:52 pm

GarethRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!


Awesome climb! It was almost like a pilgrimage for me climbing the mountain that Albert Ellingwood made so much Colorado mountaineering history on. I arrived at the trailhead late in the afternoon and was lucky to get a ride most of the way up in the back of a truck-fun ride! The 4WD roads that I have driven in the San Juans weren’t anything compared to this one! I made it to the lakes just as night was falling. The climb was great. There was some ice in the Couloir, but could be avoided. The class 3 and 4 climbing on the knobby rock was a real treat. Once at the summit, I climbed down to the traverse rappel anchor just for a little more fun. It must have been quite exposed as no one else would climb all the way down to it. On the way down, I took the time to climb down to the top edge of the Ellingwood Arête and look down. This day I climbed / hiked all the way from the Needle to the plains, neat experience.
Posted Sep 11, 2004 1:42 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: South; Approach to Cottonwood Lakes Date Climbed: July 14,2004  Sucess!


Hiked up to Cottonwood lakes, a much prettier (though a bit tougher) approach than the South Colony lakes approach. It was my girlfriend's first 14er, and she had no trouble with the class 3 stuff.

A very fun climb, with beautiful views, I highly recommend it.
Posted Sep 7, 2004 6:35 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!


Wow. What an incredible mountain. Definitely the hardest thing I've done to date. From below the climb looks impossible.

We climbed down in the clouds and the whole experience was kind of spooky.

I'm still trying to believe I actually climbed this thing. At least I have the photo to prove it.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 2:27 pm

travisgoingsRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Arete Date Climbed: August 6, 2004  Sucess!
Solo free climbed the arete. It is a great climb with spectacular views.
Posted Aug 15, 2004 12:59 am

ccoashRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!


By far one of my most challenging experiences ever. I'd highly recommend finding a 4wd to get up the road to the trailhead....the hike is brutal! What a great mountain.

Posted Aug 10, 2004 1:03 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: South Couloir Date Climbed: July 18 2004  Sucess!


Began at 6:00 from just below South Colony Lakes. On the way up to Broken Hand Pass we noticed some HUGE rocks that had fallen the night before. One had slid through a small snow field. The other had obviously bounced down the hillside only to stop a foot or two from the side of the trail. Would have hated to be there when they came rollin' down. Ascended the couloir to the summit.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 2:16 am

xskier77Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: June 26th, 2004  Sucess!


Camped at lower South Colony lake and we were on trail at 5:00am. This climb was quite a bit easier than I was expecting. The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. We reached the summit at 8:00am and it was completely clouded in. A very fun climb and I will have to do it again for a better view.
Posted Jun 27, 2004 2:58 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: South Couloir from South Colony Lakes 4x4 trailhead. Date Climbed: October 19, 2002  Sucess!


I climbed this one a couple of years ago, up the standard route: South Couloir from South Colony Lakes. I had the South Colony Lakes all to myself: a gift from the mountain gods, if ever there were one. I have a (long-ass) trip-report here.

The Needle has to be one of my all-time favorite climbs: right up there with Holy Cross and Pyramid. I'll be coming back for years to come. Later this year, I'll try the traverse from the Peak; maybe the Ellingwood Arrete next year, after I've gained some more trad-leading experience.
Posted Jun 24, 2004 8:15 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


This has got to be one of the best Forteeners in the state. I've actually climbed it twice (Sept. of 2000 as well), and the scrambling can't be topped - what a cool mountain!
Posted May 12, 2004 2:48 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ledges (Arete) Date Climbed: September 5, 2002  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

This was my dream climb. 100's of feet of class 3/4/5 scrambling followed by incredible steep cracks that lead one up almost directly to the summit. This highly touted route is not overhyped at all. This is a technical alpine dream...wow I want to go back right now. It was nice for me to set a goal and meet it. Three years ago I had been a timid beginner scared even by steep talus slopes and fast forward to 2002 and I'm leadin up a steep tough pitch. RIP Mr. Ellingwood you brilliant man.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:21 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 27, 2002  Sucess!


Crestone Needle and Humboldt in a day is a grunt! Especially when you start near the 2WD trailhead. Nevertheless, one of my favorite days spent in Colorado's mountains. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:15 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Arete Date Climbed: July 19, 2002  Sucess!


Awesome high altitude climb!! The direct start is a must! A TR will follow! Watch out for THE GOAT!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 7:12 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: South Face from South Colony Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

A good route on an exciting mountain. Climbed Crestone Peak first, Needle second, then reviewed these summits from the vantage point of Humboldt Peak.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 10:05 am

cragRoute Climbed: S face from cottonwood creek Date Climbed: July 3, 2001  Sucess!


Fun peak! Cottonwood creek trail is pretty rough and thick with willows and cottonwoods in many places. But there was nobody else in that drainage so it was worth it.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 1:58 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Long 3rd class section but very little exposure. Fun scrambling.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:59 pm

eckdoerryRoute Climbed: three 14ers Date Climbed: Augest 10, 2001  Sucess!


I climbed all three of the local 14ers this day in one long hard push. Real hardmen can add in Kit Carson too, but, ah well, maybe next time.

Did a wierd variation up a sketchy couloir on the SE face of the Needle, then traversed to Crestone Peak summit --- also sketchy in places; couldn't see the simple ridge route the guide described (need better guide!) -- and then slogged up Humboldt, which is the least interesting in terms of climbing, but a nice relaxing grind to end the day. Started at 530am, got down by 130 to avoid lingering monsoon weather.
Posted Nov 28, 2003 11:47 am

philwortmannRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ledges(arete) Date Climbed: 2 Aug 03  Sucess!
Off by noon, great day
Posted Aug 30, 2003 10:21 pm

xyatiRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Arete Date Climbed: august 2, 2003  Sucess!


Started at North Colony Lake, pre-dawn start. We were off the summit before noon. Awesome day!
Posted Aug 28, 2003 1:10 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2003


Not enough time to try the traverse the day before but I was not disappointed with the route. It was lots of fun.
Posted Aug 8, 2003 1:37 am

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