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mmittenCottonwood / Spanish Creek access restriction!!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 2:26 am

rasgoatluv scrambling?  Sucess!


woke up b4 dawn made way up strong climbers trail by way of headlamp caught sunrise at broken hand pass. first to summit that day. met a nice lady at the summit. went home
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:10 pm

jratkEllingwood arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2006


My second time up the arete but the first was about 6 years ago and we had a hard time finding the start of the roped pitches. We finally got on route only to discover that we only climbed two pitches and had accidently free-soloed the first pitch. Good weather, outstanding climb. Major props to the crew who was building a trail on broken hand pass, they're doing a great job.
Posted Jul 31, 2006 6:56 am

James CFavorite 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006

James C

Climbed the south face, and it felt great to reach the summit after my previous failure, this has to be my favorite 14er. It was cool to meet cftbq, my first summitpost encouncter. The weather was wierd, it was foggy pretty much the whole way, but there was no rain. Great Climb!!!
Posted Jul 30, 2006 9:32 pm

cftbqStandard South Face route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2006


My first truly "technical" 14er, and #27 overall. Climbed with daughter Trish; also a first for her. Intermittent fog but no rain or t-storms; beautiful sunshine otherwise. A dynamite summit.
Posted Jul 30, 2006 6:22 pm

seth@LOKIOne of the faves. solid  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1994


love it
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:18 pm

climbhighnowEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


kicks ass! the bottom of the direct (open book) start is fairly runout fyi; i led one 5.4 pitch w/1 placement before an anchor after whymping out on the first (very runout) pitch. also led my first 5.7 pitch; dry heaved because of it; off route somewhere below the main ledge. WOO HOO!
Posted Jul 17, 2006 9:05 pm

James C200 Feet From Victory
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

James C

Soo close! The thunderboomers are what turned us around. We could have pushed the envelope, but did not want to downclimb in the rain.
Posted Jul 16, 2006 10:13 pm

pjenson0560-70 MPH Wind  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


One of the windiest days I have ever climbed in. The wind prevented us from doing the traverse.
Posted Jul 11, 2006 5:16 pm

shanahan96needle III; peak-to-needle traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


first time doing the crestone traverse. wasn't as tough or exposed as expected, but still a nice day...........it's the crestones, what'd you expect?

Posted Jun 30, 2006 11:00 pm

Brian KaletPeak-to-Needle Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Brian Kalet

From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290, East Crestone and Crestone Peak. Trip Report
Posted Jun 19, 2006 7:03 pm

summiteer16Crestone Climb Memorial Day
Date Climbed: May 26, 2004


Great climb, though storms roll in incredibly fast!
Posted Apr 29, 2006 10:39 pm



Posted Apr 11, 2006 9:00 pm

markhyamsEllingwood Arete  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2000


Fantastic route. We only roped up for the top two pitches, and had a great day.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:43 pm

markhyamsSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 1999


This was my last 14er summit. I yelled loud, but no one was around to hear.
Posted Mar 2, 2006 11:42 pm

markhyamsclassic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2000


Did the Ellingwood Arete route that day. Fun, although my partner got a wicked altitude headache on the way down.
Posted Feb 24, 2006 10:59 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

I came back a few years ago and did the Ellingwood Arete. It deserves it's "Classic" status.
Posted Feb 9, 2006 11:33 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: South Coulior Date Climbed: July 2005  Sucess!


Second time up, climbed it so a buddy of mine who had climbed the peak would climb it with me! A really fun climb to a beautiful summit!
Posted Feb 6, 2006 1:06 am

KieferRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


One of two of my scariest summits of any Colorado mtn. I spent 2-5 minutes on top. It took me roughly 2.5 hours from Broken hand saddle to reach the top and an hour flat to get back down to the saddle. It absolutely dumped (hard) that afternoon and lightning and thunder. A VERY bad day but I still summited against better judgement.
Posted Jan 22, 2006 11:32 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: June 1, 2003  Sucess!


Watch out for rock fall on ascent of Brokenhand Pass. I go nailed by a climber above me. This route is Class 3 at best. Good rock holds and pretty easy route finding the whole way. Took 3 hrs, roundtrip from S. Colony Lakes, 3.75 hrs. from the car parked at 11,000'.
Posted Jan 6, 2006 1:17 pm

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